"The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed."
"Sometimes you just gotta let shit go and say to “hell with it” and move on. These times are so hard, and their getting even harder."
"It sometimes feels like a strange movie, you know, it`s all so weird that sometimes I wonder if it is really happening."
"I always wished for this, but it`s almost turning into more of a nightmare than a dream."
"I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There`s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it."
"I’m stupid, I’m ugly, I’m dumb, I smell. Did I mention I’m stupid?"
"It doesn’t exactly feel like a shock, but it’s all new to me, and I’m taking it in as it comes." - (On his rise to stardom)
"Sometimes I`m real cool, but sometimes I could be a real asshole. I think everyone is like that."
"Personally, I just think rap music is the best thing out there, period. If you look at my deck in my car radio, you`re always going to find a hip-hop tape; that`s all I buy, that`s all I live, that`s all I listen to, that`s all I love."
"My thing is this; if I`m sick enough to think it, then I`m sick enough to say it."
"I come from Detroit where it`s rough and I`m not a smooth talker."
"I am who I am and I say what I think. I`m not putting a face on for the record."
"We just kept moving back and forth because my mother never had a job. We kept getting kicked out of every house we were in. I believe six months was the longest we ever lived in a house."
"Why is it so hard for people to believe that white people are poor?! I wouldn’t say I lived in a ghetto, I’d say I lived in the ‘hood. The same friends I had back then are the same people on tour with me now."
"I remember once when I was 16 he came to my house, we were living on the east side of 8 mile, he came over with a brand new pair of shoes and he threw them at my feet and said `Put those on`, and I said `why`? He said `Because I`m tired of you wearing them dirty ass shoes`." - (On his eulogy on the late Proof)
"I don`t like to give the sob story: growing up in a single-parent home, never knew my father, my mother never worked, and when friends came over I`d hide the welfare cheese. Yo, I failed ninth grade three times, but I don`t think it was necessarily cause I`m stupid. I didn`t go to school. I couldn`t deal."
"When I was 9 years old, my uncle put me on to the Breakin` soundtrack. The first rap song I ever heard was Ice-T, `Reckless.` From L.L. to the Fat Boys, and all that shit, I was fascinated. When L.L. first came out with `I`m Bad`, I wanted to do it, to rhyme. Standing in front of the mirror, I wanted to be like L.L." - (On his influences)
"Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert`s Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion."
"I`d go to, like, six different schools in one year. We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked."
"I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I`m not ashamed of anything."
"My family has never been there for me. They expect things because we’re blood."
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."
"Yeah, I do. Not all of it I play for her. Some songs, got a lot of cussing, especially the one she`s on. So I make her a clean version. `Cause I protect my Child! Not yours! Rest of the kids I don`t care about – buy my album, go murder, rape, pillage, kill!" - (On if he let`s his daughter listen to his music)
"Don’t do drugs, don’t have unprotected sex, don’t be violent… leave that to me."
"When I say I’ll murder my baby’s mother, maybe I wanted to, but I didn’t. Anybody who takes it literally is ten times sicker than I am."
"I might talk about killing people, but that doesn’t mean I do it."
"It’d be stupid for me to sit here and say that there aren’t kids who took up to me, but my responsibility is not to them. I’m not a baby sitter."
"I took a lot of them, I took a bunch of pain killers."
"I do promote violence and I don’t give a fuck."
"I grew up listening to 2 Live Crew and N.W.A. and I never went out and shot nobody."
"Never take ecstasy, beer, baccardi, weed, pepto bismol, vivarin, tums, tagamet hb, xanax, and valium in the same day. It makes it difficult to sleep at night."
"Saving Private Ryan was probably the illest, sickest movie I`ve ever watched, and I didn`t see anybody criticizing that one for violence."
"I had too much NyQuil and Vivarin again. Lost my stomach all over the place."
"Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned."
"Unless you want to fuck me, why do you care what I look like?"
"There`s a difference between realness and an act, and they`re an act, and they know they`re an act, and they even say they`re an act, they even say they`re cornballs, they admit it." - (On ICP)
"I would never fucking put them in a rhyme. I don`t even want them wondering if I was trying to diss them. I got a lot of love for them. I grew up on that shit. The other rappers, whatever." - (On the Beastie Boys)
"To the people I forgot, you weren`t on my mind for some reason and you probably don`t deserve any thanks anyway."
"I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit." - (On Infinite)
"Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end."
"If there’s not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something."
"Infinite was me trying to figure out how I wanted my rap style to be, how I wanted to sound on the mic and present myself. It was a growing stage. I felt like Infinite was like a demo that just got pressed up."
"I do say things that I think will shock people. But I don`t do things to shock people. I`m not trying to be the next Tupac, but I don`t know how long I`m going to be on this planet. So while I`m here, I might as well make the most of it."
"A lot of my rhymes are just to get chuckles out of people. Anybody with half a brain is going to be able to tell when I`m joking and when I`m serious."
"I had nothing to lose, but something to gain. If I made an album for me and it was to my satisfaction, then I succeeded. If I didn`t, then my producers were going to give up on the whole rap thing we were doing. I made some shit that I wanted to hear. The Slim Shady EP, I lashed out on everybody who talked shit about me."
"I`m not alone in feeling the way I feel. I believe that a lot of people can relate to my shit–whether white, black, it doesn`t matter. Everybody has been through some shit, whether it`s drastic or not so drastic. Everybody gets to the point of `I don`t give a fuck`."
"I don`t have to say anything to my fans about my music and try to explain it, because they get it, and that`s why they are fans, do you know what I mean?"
"I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them, I`m going to grow artistically."
"I need drama in my life to keep making music."
"Slim Shady is just the evil thoughts that come into my head. Things I shouldn`t be thinking about. Not to be gimmicky, but people should be able to determine when I`m serious and when I`m fuckin around. That`s why a lot of my songs are funny. I got a warped sense of humor I guess."
"You can`t control who likes you. If I got Backstreet Boy fans what am I supposed to do? Turn them away? Whoever likes my stuff, likes my stuff. But just know Slim Shady is hip hop. I grew up on hip hop, it`s the music I love and it`s the music I respect. I respect the culture…that`s me."
"I had this whole Slim Shady concept of being two different people, having two different sides of me. One of them I was trying to let go, and I looked at the mirror and smashed it. That was the whole intro of the Slim Shady EP. Slim Shady was coming to haunt me, was coming to haunt Eminem."
"I felt like it’s my time to shine, I have to rip this. At that time, I felt that it was a life or death situation."
"There was a while when I was feeling like, ‘Damn, if I’d just been born black, I would not have to go through all this’.“ “It’s funny how all the magazines can dwell on my race, but they could never say that my shit is whack because they know my shit is tight!"
"I try not to look at it that way. Being white. I don’t wake up every day and look in the mirror, ‘Oh. I’m white’."
"Why is it so hard for people to believe that white people are poor?!"
"At this point, I’m like Come up with something new. I hate the same old questions. But it seems like white magazines such as Spin and Rolling Stone focus on my whiteness more than Black magazines."
"All my life I’ve been dealing with my race because of where I grew up [Detroit] and being in the rap game. I’m at a boiling point… Anybody who pulls the race card is getting it right back in their face."
"I get offended when people say, `So, being a white rapper…and growing up white…after being born white…` It`s all I ever hear!"
"Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it`s like, anything that happened in the past between black and white, I can`t really speak on it, because I wasn`t there. I don`t feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person."
"When you`re a little kid, you don`t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap."
"Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism."
"Say there`s a white kid who lives in a nice home, goes to an all-white school, and is pretty much having everything handed to him on a platter – for him to pick up a rap tape is incredible to me, because what that`s saying is that he`s living a fantasy life of rebellion."
"I don’t hate women – they just sometimes make me mad."
"I don`t want them once they turn 18." - (On Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera)
"A bunch of girls, swinging from a nice chandelier, landing on top of me naked…while I lay in a pool of steaming hot water!" - (On his spring break fantasy)
"If I said in one of my songs that my English teacher wanted to have sex with me in junior high, all I’m saying, is that I’m not gay, you know? People confuse the lyrics for me speaking my mind. I don’t agree with that life style, but if that lifestyle is for you, then it’s your business."
"They say music can alter moves and talk to you. Well can it load a gun up for you and cock it too? Will if it can and the next time you assault a dude, just tell the judge it was my fault…and I’ll get sued!"
"Will Smith don’t got to cuss in his raps to sell records – well I do, so fuck him and fuck you too."
"Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not."
"I act like sh*t don`t phase me, inside it drives me crazy, my insecurities could eat me alive."
"Though I`m not the first king of controversy, I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley, to do Black Music so selfishly and use it to get myself wealthy."
"I don`t like rap anyways, I`m just trying to get my porno career started."
"Who’s Tony Blair, did he get his dick sucked?, oh he ain’t shit then…"
"It was an honor to hear the words out of Dre`s mouth that he liked my shit. Growing up, I was one of the biggest fans of N.W.A, from putting on the sunglasses and looking in the mirror and lipsinking, to wanting to be Dr. Dre, to be Ice Cube. This is the biggest hip-hop producer ever."
"I`m thankful for it, I`m not ungrateful. I`m very grateful. I just don`t choose to rub elbows with the whole Hollywood scene. It`s not me. If there is just one award show you don`t go to you gonna look ungrateful. Period. But me, I just don`t like to go to places where I feel outta my element. And me sitting there with a bunch of movie stars and actors, I don`t belong. I rap and do hip-hop, the music that I love. I`m about the music. The grammy`s are about as far as I`m goin` go outside my element. It`s still cool that I got it." - (On his Oscar and why he didn`t go to the show)
"Some asshole kept throwing oranges and other fruit at me while I was onstage. Fucker had an arm like a major league pitcher…" - (About one of his concerts)
"Fame hit me like a ton of bricks."