But I still am a "Criminal!"

from Eminem – Rhyme or Reason Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

One of the songs on the original MMLP is called Criminal.

If we look at those lyrics, we can see what Eminem means by calling himself a “criminal”:

I’m a criminal! Cause every time I write a rhyme
These people think it’s a crime to tell ‘em what’s on my mind
I guess I’m a criminal! But I don’t got to say a word
I just flip 'em the bird and keep going, I don’t take shit from no one

So when he says he’s still a criminal, he’s referring to those lyrics and the fact he still says whatever he wants in his songs, and he still doesn’t take shit from anyone.

This line is also a reference to the previous skit on the album, Parking Lot, which is a continuation of the song Criminal off the MMLP.


The sound when he says “CRIMINAL” is the same as the Criminal’s intro. Sounds like a sample.

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