I huffed and puffed about my curfew and broke the rules
Ran with the local crew and had a smoke or two
Keep Ya Head Up by 2Pac

2Pac went to high school on the border of Mill Valley, an affluent suburb of San Francisco, and Marin City, a gang-fraught suburb of Mill Valley. See it on the Rap Map!

Peep 2Pac's High School on The Rap Map

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So, so I "JFK"
Join forces with the kings
Free Mason by Rick Ross (Ft. Jay Z & John Legend)

i.e., Join Forces with the Kings. Get it? It means he aligned with the people in the know, the people that are actually trying to do the right thing, and is willing to be a Batman-esque figure in the rap game, knowing that it will garner a certain level of hate from unenlightened souls, but at least SOME of those souls will see the light, and in turn project light themselves.

This could also be a reference to LeBron’s decision to come to Miami. LeBron joined forces with Wade & Bosh in order to win championships. LeBron reportedly rapped this line when he threw a housewarming party when he first moved to Miami.

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A six-pack and a streetcar named desire Triumph by Wu-Tang Clan

RZA, in The Wu-Tang Manual: “This line is typical of Meth in that it’s multilayered. It could mean that he’s drunk in a theater watching A Streetcar Named Desire. Or it could mean he has a six pack of beer in his car, named Desire”

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I feel like when I bend over backwards for you all you do is laugh 25 To Life by Eminem 1

When he puts his full time and effort into rap people just laugh at what he does and don’t take him seriously. To be fair, Weird Al does a surprisingly good Em impression

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But you keep treating me like a staircase, it's time to fucking step 25 To Life by Eminem 1

The rap game is just using him as a “staircase” in order to get bigger and gain a bigger fanbase thus earn more money; in other words, the rap game keeps stepping on him…

And this is a reason why he’s telling the rap game that it’s time to leave: to “get steppin'” (using wordplay).

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June 15th, 2013

I think “it’s time to fucking step” isn’t addressed at the rap game, but stands as a statement for his own intention to leave –> see next line: “I won’t be coming back”!

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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
25 To Life by Eminem 1

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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I'mma take control of this relationship
Command it, and I'mma be the boss of you now, goddammit
And what I mean is that I will no longer let you control me
25 To Life by Eminem 1

It’s hard to imagine how Em could more assertively take control of his relationship with Kim (aside from maybe demanding full custody of their daughter, Hailie, or by taking out a restraining order or something)

More likely he’s going to take charge of his relationship to hip-hop, first and foremost by releasing new music, not letting critics and naysayers hate on him while he remains silent. The end of this line shows him being more candid about what he intends to do: he may not be the boss of the listening public, but he damn sure won’t give us the final word

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Jacob
July 11th, 2012

or perhaps hes referring to his relationship with rap. or kim like he wants you to think

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But I've already wasted over half my life 25 To Life by Eminem 1

Em and Kim were together from 1989 to 2006, minus the 5 years they were divorced (before they remarried, and subsequently redivorced)

Then again, he also started rapping at age 14 and has been doing it ever since, minus the few-year hiatus he took after releasing Encore

In short, he’s spent at least half of his 37 years in a love-hate thang with both his girl and his musical medium.. which one is he talking to now?

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August 14th, 2013

As he talked about his rapping career..he could have been the ability to rule the hip hop world after dying 2pac. But what he is now..he lost almost half of his skills ….Just because of his depression that he lost his best friend for the hip hop affliction and also his wife.

By his song ‘The way i am’ it is really true….
“I am so sick and tired to being admired
That i wish that i would just die or get fired”

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Bitch, you took me for granted, took my heart and ran it
Straight into the planet, into the dirt, I can no longer stand it
25 To Life by Eminem 1

Em’s rap career, like a whirlwind romance, was an emotional roller coaster. Time was, he was the most promising and talked about MC in the country

But around the time of the release of Encore, the backlash began — critics and fans began to take him for granted

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Tyson Messina
December 28th, 2013

Eminem is actually talking about the “rap game” by “bitch” he’s actually referring to the music industry “You took me for granted,Took my heart and ran it straight into the planet,Into the dirt,I can no longer stand it” Eminem is one of the many rappers who has sold his soul to the devil for fame and fortune, and in this verse he’s discussing how over a long time he eventually got to an all time low with with drugs, alcohol and depression (nearly killing himself by overdose which you can find anywhere) but now he has realised he can “no longer stand it”

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I woulda laid down and died for you, I no longer cry for you
No more pain,
25 To Life by Eminem 1

Eminem’s Recovery extends to his attitude toward his ex-inamorata or his music: whereas his devotion to Kim and to hip-hop both used to be total, he’s over them both now

Well, okay, he’s over Kim—they’ve been divorced since 2006—but he’s just released another rap album. Perhaps what he’s saying is that he’s gotten his priorities straight and realized there’s more to his life than rapping

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