Eminem, Recovery: ALL the lyrics to EVERY song explained!

It’s been a long time since Eminem has released a “non-suck” album, so Rap Genius is rolling out the red carpet: It’s a celebration, bitches!

We explained EVERY SINGLE SONG on this muthafucka

This album is grandiose, showcasing Eminem’s multitudes: anger, insecurity, derangement, despair, and finally human sympathy and love…plus tons of B-list celebrity references!

Amazing album. Click through to the songs, listen, read along, learn something:

= Rap Genius suggests

1. Cold Wind Blows

Eminem gets icy in the opening track, introducing the album’s first (and coldest) Michael J. Fox reference

2. Talkin’ 2 Myself (ft. Kobe)

“Em? EM! Yoo hoo, over here!!”

Is he on the Bluetooth or something? Who is he talking to??

3. On Fire

Eminem in battle mode, maxing out on syllables per line and gross out gags, lamenting the absence of a formidable battle opponent

4. Won’t Back Down (ft. Pink)

This is Eminem’s most Lil Waynian track on the album, filled as it is with puns and allusions, as well as the album’s second Michael J. Fox reference

5. W.T.P.

W.T.P. stands for White Trash Party. Eminem describes rolling up to trashy parties in highly flammable supercompact cars from the 70s, and then dancing and yelling at other people to dance. Women and hangovers figure prominently; Stephon Marbury and R. Kelly are immortalized together in a beautiful couplet

6. Going Through Changes

In this hella-emotional song, Eminem describes overeating, daytime napping, pill-addiction, and sorrow at the loss of his rowdy friend Proof, who was shot outside a club in April 2006. He ends with a note of love and empathy for his disturbed ex-wife Kim

7. Not Afraid

Eminem is “not afraid” to say that his last album (Relapse) sucked. In fact, he says it throughout album

8. Seduction

Ah, sex with another man’s girlfriend: it’s the only sex worth having!

9. No Love (ft. Lil Wayne)

Eminem and Weezy collaborate to tell their ex-girlfriends something important: “We never loved you hoes!” Just Blaze curiously samples “What is Love [via Night at the Roxbury]. Best line from the song

10. Space Bound

A summer love song that gets pretty visceral. Em describes a budding relationship that turns abusive. It’s pretty affectionate, too. Peep Em’s vocals on the hook!

11. Cinderella Man

As a result of kicking his multiple drug addictions, Eminem feels lucky and empowered, feelings he takes to manic, fantastical extremes

12. 25 to Life

Is this song about Kim, or hip-hop? Either way, my man might be a little insecure..

13. So Bad

Eminem demonstrates the art of seduction, advocating some pretty aggressive strategies

14. Almost Famous

Eminem narrates the history of his rise, from the freestyle battle circuit to rap superstardom. The title is borrowed from the movie Almost Famous, which is about a young man discovering fame, drugs and rock n' roll (like Em!)

BONUS: auto-erotic asphyxiation diss!

15. Love the Way You Lie (Ft. Rihanna)

“Emo”-nem reflects on his tumultuous relationship with his ex-wife. Written from the point of view of an abusive boyfriend, the song has Rihanna (who was a victim of abuse!) on the hook

16. You’re Never Over

Eminem’s ode to his fallen friend and bandmate Proof =(

17. Bonus Track: Here We Go (You Don’t Own Me)

On the Recovery bonus track, Eminem re-emphasizes one point that is made consistently throughout the album: BITCHES, STOP GETTING ON OUR NERVES!