A motivational, lyrical & artistic genius

Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, paints the most mesmerizing pictures using simply — his words. Emphasis on “his.” His original thoughts, his style, his voice …his way.

Throughout Eminem’s career, he has led by example, never compromising his art while scratching and clawing his way to the light. A true artist, he finds a way to use every color on the pallet in addition to inventing colors of his own.

He exudes passion. Each song in Eminem’s deep catalog is filled with emotion, which sincerely translates in every live performance. You believe and see how much he truly needs the music.

Here, we take a look at 10 stunning (& up-lifting) lyrics from the Rocky Balboa of Hip-Hop:

Graffiti in Norwich, UK by Gnash

“I found my nitch, you gonna hear my voice
Till you sick of it, you ain’t gonna have a choice”…(Rabbit Run)

“When I say I’ma do something I do it,
I don’t give a damn what you think,
I’m doing this for me” …(Not Afraid)

“Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak
And when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up
But you gotta search within you
And gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that shit out of you
And get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face, and collapse 
And I am not hip hop and I’m just not Eminem
Music is like magic, there’s a certain feeling you get
When you real and you spit, and people are feeling your shit
This is your moment, and every single minute you spend
Tryna hold on to it because you may never get it again
So while you’re in it, try to get as much shit as you can
(Til I Collapse)

“I spit it slow so these kids know that I’m talkin’ to ’em, 
give it back to these damn critics and sock it to em”…(Solider)

“I can see the finish line with each line that I finish
 I’m so close to my goals I can almost pole vault over the goal post
 And if I don’t got enough in the tank, maybe I can just siphon enough
 To fill up this last can, man will I survive in this climate or what?…

….Let me remind you of what got me this far, picture me quitting
 Now draw a circle around it and put a line through it” 

“But everyday is a new learning curve, as you, steer through life
 Sometimes you might not wanna swerve
 But you have to to avert a disaster, lucky, no permanent damage
 Cause they hurt you so bad, it’s like they murdered your ass
 And threw dirt on your casket, but you returned from the ashes
 And that hurt that you have, you just converted to gasoline
 And while you’re burning the past, standing at inferno and chant…

….So feel the fire beneath your feet
 As you barely even perspire from the heat
 Exhale deep and breathe a sigh of relief
 And as you say goodbye to the grief
 It’s like watching the walls melt in your prison cell
 But you’ve extinguished this living hell…

…Feel the burn, watch the smoke as I turn
 Rising, a phoenix from the flames
 With wings I will fly” …(Beautiful Pain)

“No more games, I’m a change what you call rage
 Tear this motherfuckin’ roof off like two dogs caged
 I was playin’ in the beginnin’, the mood all changed
 I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
 But I kept rhymin’ and stepwritin’ the next cipher
 Best believe somebody’s payin’ the pied piper…

…So here I go it’s my shot
 Feet fail me not ’cause maybe the only opportunity that I got”…(Lose Yourself)

“So this is for every kid who all they ever did was dreamt that one day just getting accepted
I represent him or her, anyone similar, you are the reason that I made this song
Everything you’re scared to say don’t be afraid to say no more”…(Guts Over Fear)

“Cause you can keep throwin’ shit at the wall
 But you’re gonna find that nothing’s gonna stick until you apply yourself
 Time to slip in that zone till’ I find myself
 Inside the realm where the unknown and boldly go
 In the waters where nobody else has gone before
 Or willing to go, uncharted, feeling is so
 Bomb, I’m feelin’ myself, I’m a giant
 Sometimes I gotta remind myself that I am I am phenomenal” …(Phenomenal)

“God gave you shoes to fit you. So put ’em on and wear ’em. Be yourself man be proud of who you are. … Never let anyone tell you you ain’t beautiful”…(Beautiful)

~thank you

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