Always in a rush to get back to you, I ain't heard you yet
Not even once say you appreciate me, I deserve respect

from Eminem – 25 To Life Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This sounds a little bit mantra-like (“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me”), but it’s true: Eminem hasn’t always been critically acclaimed or respected by the industry—he was even namechecked in Bernard Goldberg’s 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America

But you know what? He does deserve respect

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