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The Real Slim Shady
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The Real Slim Shady

Eminem
Album:
The Marshall Mathers LP

Song Meaning of The Real Slim Shady and what it is about by Eminem


Eminem's "Slim Shady" persona served as our first introduction to him; it was one of his alter personas with Marshall Mathers, his true name. With a plethora of pop culture and celebrity references, Slim unleashes an astonishing attack on his critics on this track (a comedian by the name of Tom Green was well-known back then).


Among the final tracks produced for the album was this one. The record label put a lot of pressure on Eminem to write a hit song that would start the album off strong and receive radio play, much like "My Name Is" did for his debut album. The beat came together after Eminem's keyboardist and bassist started improvising on a drum track that Dr. Dre had programmed, after they had spent the most of the day working on it. Eminem wrote lyrics for the song after they got the beat, drawing inspiration from the young people who acted and dressed like him. Eminem visited the studio the following morning to record the vocals.


"The Real Slim Shady" became Eminem's biggest hit to that point and became his first number one single in the UK. It also peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.


Lyrics of The Real Slim Shady by Eminem


May I have your attention please?

May I have your attention please?

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

I repeat, will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

We're gonna have a problem here

 

Y'all act like you never seen a white person before

Jaws all on the floor like Pam and Tommy just burst in the door

And started whooping her ass worse than before

They first were divorced, throwing her over furniture (Ah!)

It's the return of the... "Ah, wait, no way, you're kidding

He didn't just say what I think he did, did he?"

And Dr. Dre said... nothing, you idiots!

Dr. Dre's dead, he's locked in my basement! (Ha-ha!)

Feminist women love Eminem

[*Vocal turntable: chigga chigga chigga*]

"Slim Shady, I'm sick of him

Look at him, walking around grabbing his you-know-what

Flipping the you-know-who." "Yeah, but he's so cute though!"

Yeah, I probably got a couple of screws up in my head loose

But no worse, than what's going on in your parents' bedrooms

Sometimes, I wanna get on TV and just let loose, but can't

But it's cool for Tom Green to hump a dead moose

"My bum is on your lips, my bum is on your lips"

And if I'm lucky, you might just give it a little kiss

And that's the message that we deliver to little kids

And expect them not to know what a woman's clitoris is

Of course they gonna know what intercourse is

By the time they hit fourth grade

They got the Discovery Channel, don't they?

"We ain't nothing but mammals.." Well, some of us cannibals

Who cut other people open like cantaloupes [*slurp*]

But if we can hump dead animals and antelopes

Then there's no reason that a man and another man can't elope

[*ewww!*] But if you feel like I feel, I got the antidote

Women wave your pantyhose, sing the chorus and it goes

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

Will Smith don't gotta cuss in his raps to sell records

Well I do, so fuck him and fuck you too!

You think I give a damn about a Grammy?

Half of you critics can't even stomach me, let alone stand me

"But Slim, what if you win, wouldn't it be weird?"

Why? So you guys could just lie to get me here?

So you can, sit me here next to Britney Spears?

Yo Shit, Christina Aguilera better switch me chairs

So I can sit next to Carson Daly and Fred Durst

And hear 'em argue over who she gave head to first

Little bitch, put me on blast on MTV

"Yeah, he's cute, but I think he's married to Kim, hee-hee!"

I should download her audio on MP3

And show the whole world how you gave Eminem VD

I'm sick of you little girl and boy groups, all you do is annoy me

So I have been sent here to destroy you

And there's a million of us just like me

Who cuss like me; who just don't give a fuck like me

Who dress like me; walk, talk and act like me

It just might be the next best thing but not quite me!

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

I'm like a head trip to listen to, cause I'm only giving you

Things you joke about with your friends inside your living room

The only difference is I got the balls to say it

In front of y'all and I don't gotta be false or sugarcoated at all

I just get on the mic and spit it

And whether you like to admit it [*err*] I just shit it

Better than ninety percent of you rappers out can

Then you wonder how can kids eat up these albums like Valiums

It's funny; 'cause at the rate I'm going when I'm thirty

I'll be the only person in the nursing home flirting

Pinching nurses asses when I'm jacking off with Jergens

And I'm jerking but this whole bag of Viagra isn't working

And every single person is a Slim Shady lurking

He could be working at Burger King, spitting on your onion rings

[*hach*] Or in the parking lot, circling

Screaming "I don't give a fuck!"

With his windows down and his system up

So, will the real Shady please stand up?

And put one of those fingers on each hand up?

And be proud to be outta your mind and outta control

And one more time, loud as you can, how does it go?

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

'Cause I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady

All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating

So won't the real Slim Shady please stand up

Please stand up, please stand up?

 

Ha ha

Guess there's a Slim Shady in all of us

Fuck it, let's all stand up

Release Date

2000

Songwriter/s

Marshall Mathers, Andre Young, Tommy Coster, Melvin Bradford, Mike Elizondo

Producer/s

Dr. Dre, Mel-Man

Label/s

Aftermath, Interscope, Web

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