But I still am a "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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