Self-esteem must be fucking shooting through-the-roof cause trust me
My skin is too thick and bullet proof to touch me

from Eminem (Ft. Liz Rodrigues) – Survival Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Thick skin : The ability to withstand criticism and show no signs of any criticism you may receive getting to you..

His self esteem is so high (shooting through the roof) that its gotten his skin thickness to be bullet proof. He is in other words, way too confident for shabby criticism to even touch him. Notice the gun theme with the play on “shooting through the roof” and “bullet proof”. Could also link to the previous tool theme as a firearm is in slang also referred to as tool.

While the pauses in between the words may seem a bit odd, there is a possibility of there being further meaning in these splits. By cutting the word esteem and bullet and only taking the second syllable which runs smoothly with the rest of the lyrics,we can make more sense of the pauses.

  1. Es-teem-
    Team must be fucking shooting through the roof. Eminem has always been one to rep his label and hype his team up.

  2. Bul-let
    Let Proof to touch me. A more farfetched theory, but it could be a reference to his late friend and hype man, Proof, who he now names his guardian angel.

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