And I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn't, then why would I say I am

from Eminem – The Way I Am Lyrics on Rap Genius


These lines are a tribute to the line

I’m the R the A to the K-I-M
If I wasn’t than why would I say I am

from the Eric B. and Rakim song “As the Rhyme Goes On

The media presents Em' as something he actually isn’t. But it’s the world against him, so he is whatever the world says he is because the world believes it. Much like in the philosophical idiom “The truth is what the majority thinks it is”.

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