"I don`t want them once they turn 18" - On Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera
"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" --On his colour
"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"
"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 think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit."
"My family has never been there for me. They expect things because we`re blood." --On his family
"Don`t do drugs, don`t have unprotected sex, don`t be violent. Leave that to me."
"Sometimes I`m real cool, but sometimes I could be a real a**h*le. I think everyone is like that."
"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!"
"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 grew up listening to 2 Live Crew and N.W.A. and I never went out and shot nobody.
I always wished for this, but it`s almost turning into more of a nightmare than a dream.
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?
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 f**kin around. That`s why a lot of my songs are funny. I got a warped sense of humor I guess. --On his alter-ego, Slim Shady.
I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn`t, then why would you say I am.
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.
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.
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.
The truth is you don`t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.
(On his Oscar and why he didn`t go to the show) "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."
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` His eulogy on the late Proof
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.
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.
Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
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`m stupid, I`m ugly, I`m dumb, I smell. Did I mention I`m stupid?
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 come from Detroit where it`s rough and I`m not a smooth talker.
Anybody with a sense of humour is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end.
I don`t hate women - they just sometimes make me mad.
Some a**h*le kept throwing oranges and other fruit at me while I was onstage. f**ker had an arm like a major league pitcher... --About one of his concerts.
I am who I am and I say what I think. I`m not putting a face on for the record.
I need drama in my life to keep making music.
It was an honor to hear the words out of Dre`s mouth that he liked my sh*t. 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 had too much NyQuil and Vivarin again. Lost my stomach all over the place.
A lot of truth is said in jest.
My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him.
Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end.
I`d go to, like, six different schools in one year. We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked.
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.
To the people I forgot, you weren`t on my mind for some reason and you probably don`t deserve any thanks anyway.
These times are so hard, and they`re getting even harder.
Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They`re only powerful when you got your back turned.
Somewhere deep down there`s a decent man in me, he just can`t be found.
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 sh*t that I wanted to hear. The Slim Shady EP, I lashed out on everybody who talked sh*t about me.
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.
(On if he let`s his daughter listen to his music) 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, r*pe, pillage, kill!"
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 might talk about killing people, but that doesn`t mean I do it.