I can see the finish line with each line that I finish,
The finish line can represent:
The top spot in the game, which is Eminem’s, and ultimately every other rapper’s, goal in the industry.
Retirement. Similar to Jay-Z, we’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of Eminem’s intended retirement date, 2004’s Encore (Jay-Z intended to retire after 2003’s The Black Album. The rap game has proven to be addictive for both artists, as both continue to make millions off their trade.
On a grimmer note, death. Then these “lines that he finishes” could double as lines of cocaine, meaning that he can see death approaching every time he uses. After all, even though he’s sober, this entire album is a revisitation of the past, and as the first single this would encapsulate that.
With this line, Em seems to reflect on the seemingly ever-growing gap between his goals and his current state. Every new written line moves him forward, but they never come within reach.
Also note the brilliant wordplay by using finish line as both a noun and a verb.
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