I'm a doberman, pinch yourself in the arm and pay homage, pupil

from Eminem – Rap God Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A play on the Doberman Pinscher, one of the most intelligent dog breeds, as well as a war dog. It’s the opposite of a poodle, being bred for aggression instead of appearance.

Not the first time Em has used dogs to compare himself and others.

Pinching your arm is supposedly a way to find out if you’re in a dream, in which case you shouldn’t feel the pain of pinching yourself. Eminem is submitting that he’s on a level to which other rappers are on such disbelief that he suggests that they pinch therselves ; they’re not dreaming, he is real.

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