They said I can't rap about being broke no more
They ain't say I can't rap about coke no more
Despite the fact that he often comes off as brash and random, Eminem is no idiot. He isn’t going to make the very first line of his highly anticipated sophomore album something that has nothing to do with what he is trying to accomplish on the LP. The Slim Shady LP opened up with “hi kids, do you like violence” because the album dealt heavily with cartoonish violence and the impact it had on easily impressionable kids. And this album deals with his newly found fame and success after spending most of his life in poverty, so he opens with a line that addresses this without sounding too preachy.
He is also addressing one of the main concerns critics had about this album right off the bat. Most of the Slim Shady LP dealt heavily with Em’s struggles with poverty (“If I Had”, “Rock Bottom”), but the SSLP went quadruple platinum and made Em an overnight millionaire. If he were to come out and continue rapping about his poverty on the MMLP as well he would look like a phony and a one trick pony. So Em assures the critics that they won’t hear a word about his financial issues on this album, and they can just sit back and hear him rap about his second favorite topic: drug use.
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