The new Ice Cube, motherfuckers hate to like you
This line is a play on words which alludes to the Ice Cube song “The Nigga Ya Love to Hate”
In fact Em goes one step further than Cube — it’s not so much that people enjoy hating him, they actually hate the fact that they like him so much!
As well as its meaning and contribution to the insanely complicated flow and rhyming schemes going on here, the way this is phrased allows Eminem to refer to the song while dexterously avoiding the “n word”, considered beyond the pale for a white rapper,even one as eager to shock as Eminem
(It would later turn out, during his beef with Benzino of the Source magazine, that Em wasn’t always above using the word,but that’s another story)
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