11. "Stronger Than I Was"

from Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP 2 Tracklist Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This song is likely a “re-visitation” of a controversial song off of the The Marshall Mathers LP, “Kim”.

“Kim”, serving as the prequel to ‘97 Bonnie and Clyde off of the Slim Shady LP, details in “misogynistic”, horror-like fashion the murder of Eminem’s then wife by Slim, who spends a large portion of the track screaming and wreaking emotional and violent rage. After slitting Kim’s throat, Em stuffs her corpse in the trunk of the car on the cover of the Slim Shady LP, which leads into his talk with his daughter Hailie in “‘97 Bonnie and Clyde.” (Fast forward to 2013…)

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13 years later, Eminem, at 41 years-old, reflects on his relationship with Kim, penning a track that could easily be seen from Kim’s perspective (although it could be argued this track fits the perspective of both Em and Kim). This dejected track details feelings of remorse, of tremendous hurt and pain (Kim did admit at a point that Eminem and the song “Kim” nearly drove her to suicide), and of triumph, as implied by the title. General messages, such as of looking at someone’s soul over their looks, are also made, and Eminem singing for most of the track (only rapping for most of the 3rd verse), only emphasizes the more mature, opposing themes and opposing vibes to what was present in “Kim.” Both parties have learned from the events of the relationship, acknowledging in the hook that they cannot be weakened but only strengthened by their actions, and would like to move forward both wiser and stronger.

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