Who woulda knew from the moment I turned the mic on that
I could be iconic, in my conquest

from Eminem – Legacy Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Coming up, in the very beginning of Eminems career, he had to fight against all odds. Trying to make it as a white MC and be taken seriously was something that people wouldn’t have thought was possible.

Many detroit area and prominent MC’s in hip-hop speak about Em going into freestyle battle sessions, disrespected by many, but coming out respected by all, just from displaying his skills on the mic.

To go from that to being a hip-hop Icon is something nobody would have imagined.

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