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62 of the Best Eminem Quotes

62 of the Best Eminem Quotes

Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born in 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is widely known as Eminem or Marshall Mathers to his fans. Eminem has a rough childhood because his family struggled with poverty and even said that he was abused throughout his childhood. His family relocated to Detroit, Michigan and that is where he began rapping in clubs at the age of 14.

As a child, he wasn’t very focused in school and got held back for unexcused absences, but he finally dropped out because he was determined to make it in the world of music. Eminem was a part of a band D12, or the ‘dirty dozen’, and also performed as a solo artist for a while. He released his first album ‘Infinite’ in 1996 but it sold poorly.

In 1997, Eminem competed in the Rap Olympics in Los Angeles, which allowed him to catch the attention of Dr. Dre, the head of Aftermath Entertainment. Dr. Dre became Eminem’s mentor and producer and helped him release his album The Slim Shady LP in 1999.

Eminem  won four MTV video music awards and two grammy awards for the ‘The Slim Shady LP’ album. Even as a star, Eminem had a few rough patches, from his toxic marriage to Kim, to getting arrested, and even with his mother suing him. He has released many albums and songs since, and continues to hold his fan’s attention.

Eminem Quotes

  1. “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem
  2. “I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn’t, then why would you say I am.” – Eminem
  3. “Don’t do drugs, don’t have unprotected s*x, don’t be violent. Leave that to me.” – Eminem
  4. “Throughout my career, I fed off the fuel of people not being able to understand me.” – Eminem
  5. “I’ve been running a lot, taking care of myself.” – Eminem
  6. “I try to treat all the money I’m making like it’s the last time I’m going to make it.” – Eminem
  7. “But music is reflection of self, we just explain it, and then we get our checks in the mail.” – Eminem
  8. “A lot of truth is said in jest.” – Eminem
  9. “Love, when spelled backwards and read phonetically, reads evil.” – Eminem
  10. “It feels good to have your work respected again.” – Eminem
  11. “Well, I’m working all the time to stay out of trouble!” – Eminem
  12. “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.” – Eminem
  13. “Success is my only option, failure’s not.” – Eminem
  14. “I’m stupid, I’m ugly, I’m dumb, I smell. Did I mention I’m stupid?” – Eminem
  15. “I can’t tell you what it really is, I can only tell you what it feels like.” – Eminem
  16. “Fame hit me like a ton of bricks.” – Eminem
  17. “In my mind I’ma fighter, my heart’s a lighter, my soul is the fluid. My flow sparks it right up.” – Eminem
  18. “Imma be what I set out to be without a doubt undoubtedly.” – Eminem
  19. “Love is just a word, but you bring it definition.” – Eminem
  20. “Somewhere deep down there’s a decent man in me, he just can’t be found.” – Eminem
  21. “Behind every successful person lies a pack of haters.” – Enimem
  22. “You’d have to walk a thousand miles in my shoes just to see what it’s like to be me!!” – Eminem
  23. “I’ve accomplished enough with the music that I haven’t had to go out there and do other things to over-saturate.” – Eminem
  24. “Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?” – Eminem
  25. “Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.” – Eminem
  26. “These times are so hard, and they’re getting even harder.” – Eminem
  27. “Love is just a word, but you bring it definition.” – Eminem
  28. “You don’t get another chance, life is no Nintendo game.” – Eminem
  29. “We sing for these kids who don’t have a thing.” – Eminem
  30. “Yeah, it’s been a ride I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one. Now some of you might still be in that place. If you’re trying to get out, just follow me, I’ll get you there.” – Eminem
  31. “Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends.” – Eminem
  32. “To the people I forgot, you weren’t on my mind for some reason and you probably don’t deserve any thanks anyway.” – Eminem
  33. “D*mn. How much damage can you do with a pen?” – Eminem
  34. “You can make something of your life. It just depends on your drive.” – Eminem
  35. “Be proud of who you are.” – Eminem
  36. “Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I’ll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I’ve written a whole song in an hour.” – Eminem
  37. “Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned.” – Eminem
  38. “Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.” – Eminem
  39. “Don’t let them say you ain’t beautiful. They can all get f*cked just stay true to you.” – Eminem
  40. “I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit.” – Eminem
  41. “I don’t think I’ve ever read poetry, ever. I’m not really book-smart.” – Eminem
  42. “The writing process, the way I go about it is I do whatever the beat feels like, whatever the beat is telling me to do. Usually when the beat comes on, I think of a hook or the subject I want to rap about almost instantly. Within four, eight bars of it playing I’m just like, ‘Oh, OK. This is what I wanna do’.” – Eminem
  43. “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.” – Eminem
  44. “Nobody likes to fail. I want to succeed in everything I do, which isn’t much. But the things that I’m really passionate about, if I fail at those, if I’m not successful, what do I have?” – Eminem
  45. “I come from Detroit where it’s rough and I’m not a smooth talker.” – Eminem
  46. “My thing is this; if I’m sick enough to think it, then I’m sick enough to say it.” – Eminem
  47. “Hip-hop saved my life, man. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been even decent at. I don’t know how to do anything else.” – Eminem
  48. “Honestly, I’d love to be remembered as one of the best to ever pick up a mic, but if I’m doing my part to lessen some racial tension I feel good about what I’m doing.” – Eminem
  49. “Don’t ever try to judge me dude, you don’t know what the f*ck I’ve been through.” – Eminem
  50. “I was a smart kid, but I hated school.” – Eminem
  51. “If there’s not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.” – Eminem
  52. “I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I’m not ashamed of anything.” – Eminem
  53. “I want to keep making records as long as I can, but I don’t know how long you can be taken seriously in rap.” – Eminem
  54. “Five or six songs leaked from the original version of ‘Encore.’ So I had to go in and make new songs to replace them.” – Eminem
  55. “You’ve got enemies? Good, that means you actually stood up for something.” – Eminem
  56. “People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.” – Eminem
  57. “I always wished for this, but it’s almost turning into more of a nightmare than a dream.” – Eminem
  58. “Why be a king, when you can be a god?” – Eminem
  59. “It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me. Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you.” – Eminem
  60. “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.” – Eminem
  61. “Sometimes you just gotta let sh*t go and say ‘To h*ll with it’ and move on.” – Eminem
  62. If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.” – Eminem
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Honestly this is one of my top 5 most favorite Eminem videos – and it’s a collaboration with Rihanna – how can it get better than that? This song was originally written by Sklar Grey. Give it a watch – it’s one of his most popular videos and it will remind you how great Eminem’s videos are.


Eminem is one of the most controversial best selling artists, one of the most well-known American rappers, as well as a well-known record producer. Many rappers have tried to accomplish all of what Eminem has accomplished and continues to accomplish.

He inspired so many other rappers to pursue their careers in music. In fact, Eminem has worked beside many other known artists to create songs and albums together that are loved by his fans. His quotes show his views, his sense of humor and are also inspiring. Any Eminem fan, or Stan, will love these quotes from their favorite rap artist.

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