Eminem took a personal interest in the soundtrack to last year’s Southpaw, a movie that was originally written just for him. Along with songs from PRhyme, Slaughterhouse, Denaun Porter, and 50 Cent, Em had two songs, one of which he’s started annotating on Genius right now.
For some reason, Em has started providing context behind his Gwen Stefani collaboration “Kings Never Die,” and he’s let some quips from his past go. The concept of the song was given a poignant edge because of his friend King’s death shortly after it was recorded. Em’s also delved into his young life a little bit, and here’s five other things we learned about him.
1: He once accidentally gave himself a dutch oven
“Cause here I sit in Lucifer’s den by the dutch oven
Just choosing to sin
Even if it means I’m sellin’ my soul, just to be the undisputed again
Do whatever I gotta do just to win”
Em’s not kidding. It smelled like Lucifer’s Den.
2: He’s inspired by Bloodsport
“How ’bout that, I’m somehow now back to the underdog
But no matter how loud that I bark, this sport is somethin’ I never bow-out at”
This particular bar is brought to you by Jean Claude Van Damme and Bloodsport.
3: He severely burned his hand at summer camp
“You ain’t never even had to reach in the fire to dig deep”
Like any kid, Em has played with fire before
4: He can change a car tire in 16 seconds
“I think I see why a lot of rappers get on these features and try to show out on a track with me
But it’d actually have to be a fuckin’ blow-out to get me to re-tire
Tell these new artists that kings never die”
Em used to intern at Belle Tire, where he was fast with the tire changes.
5: He used to flip burgers to be able to afford cereal and milk
“I went from powdered milk and Farina
To flippin’ burgers on the grill for some peanuts
From Gilbert’s to arenas, call me Gilbert Arenas, still appeal to the dreamers”
Like many of us, Em started at the bottom, flipping burgers at Gilbert’s Lodge in Detroit just to get money for cereal and milk, but now he’s sells out venues the world over and compares himself to NBA’s Gilbert Arenas.