Love has been terribly unkind to Eminem over the years. Read on to discover the evolution of Eminem’s most honest and personal songs about love and heartbreak over the past few decades.
The Game of Love
In his early days, Em touched on relationships and breakups with these two songs from his first solo effort.
Eminem feat. Eye-Kyu – “Searchin’” (Infinite, 1996)
The only true Hip Hop love song of his career features a 24-year-old Em romantically gushing, “I got some game that I’m preparing to run/The way your lips sparkle and glare in the sun.” This is a rare gem that doesn’t result in anguish or violence.
Eminem – “Jealousy Woes II” (Infinite, 1996)
Em vents about a money-hungry girl who leaves him for another man. “Leaving me in sorrow, Brandy never felt so brokenhearted/I fell apart when you departed,” he vents.
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATL6FCtvDpc
After marrying and divorcing Kim Scott twice, references to their relationship appear in large doses (including disses on “Soldier” and D-12’s “Pimp Like Me”), but this list focuses on entire songs that emphasize the pain and frustration she has caused him since they were teens.
Eminem – “’97 Bonnie & Clyde” (Slim Shady LP, 1999)
Em raps in a baby voice as he takes their daughter on a trip to the lake to dispose of Kim’s body after she betrays him.
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdjBDtn1es0
Eminem – “Kim” (Marshall Mathers LP, 2000)
This prequel track to “’97 Bonnie & Clyde” stunned the press with its graphic and violent lyrics. Em sets it off screaming “Sit down, bitch! You move again, I’ll beat the shit out of you!” before murdering her, the man she cheated on him with and his four-year-old son.
Love You More” (Straight from the Lab EP, 2003)
Eminem reveals a striking stalker-like passion about his chaotic “usually more off than on” relationship with Kim on this hauntingly beautiful track.
Eminem – “Puke” (Encore, 2004)
With lines like,”You’re a fucking coke-head slut, I hope you fucking die/I hope you get to hell and Satan sticks a needle in your eye,” Em continues to express his disgust for his baby’s mama on this whiny track that begins with the sound of vomiting complete with a toilet flush.
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X7ok_0fIkQ
Eminem – “Crazy in Love” (Encore, 2004)
Though inspired by Kim, Em has stated this song is actually about a love/hate relationship with a fictional perfect woman over a sample of Heart’s “Crazy on You.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XJiLqrcFZU
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie” (Recovery, 2010)
Influenced by Em’s turbulent relationship, this song about domestic violence features Rihanna who is well-known for surviving a similar situation with Chris Brown.
Eminem – “Stronger Than I Was” (Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
Rumored to be written from Kim’s perspective, Em raps about how the end of their relationship has made him a better person. “But you won’t break me, you’ll just make me stronger than I was/Before I met you, I bet you I’ll be just fine without you,” he sings. Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7a546MAI0Y
Eminem – “Superman” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
The first verse on this track contains the first shot at Mariah Carey, who denied their 6 to 7 month relationship. The antithesis to his idol LL Cool J’s “I Need Love,” the video features him wearing a white Kangol hat identical to Mr. Smith’s and rapping in the same slow cadence.
Eminem feat. D-12 – “When the Music Stops” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
Three tracks later Em disses her again on “When the Music Stops” saying,”What the fuck you take me for a joke? You smoking crack?/’Fore I do that, I’d beg Mariah to take me back.”
Obie Trice feat. Eminem, 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks – “We All Die One Day” (Cheers, 2003)
Em raps, “I’m a psycho, Mariah ain’t got shit on me” on his solid verse. Bonus: There’s a Kim diss at the end of 50’s verse.
Eminem feat. 50 Cent – “Jimmy Crack Corn” (The Re-Up, 2006)
Shots continue to be fired when Em raps, “Meanwhile your mind’s on us like mine’s on Mariah/And you all just like her you’re all fucking liars/But I’ll just keep fucking you like I fucked her/Right in the ass with K-Y yessir.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAN-gfFXjXY
Eminem – “Bagpipes from Baghdad” (Relapse, 2009)
The first verse of this song makes fun of Mariah’s alcoholic tendencies while the second wishes Nick Cannon “luck with the fuckin’ whore.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twph20dEHzM
Eminem – “The Warning” (2009)
Fed up after Mariah mocked him in her “Obsessed” video, Em talks harsh specifics and disses Nick Cannon again. The couple stays quiet after he threatens to release photos and audio of Mariah saying, “Call my bluff and I’ll release every fucking thing I got/Including the voicemails right before you flipped your top.”
Eminem – “Cold Wind Blows” (Recovery, 2010)
Em warns anyone thinking of initiating beef to take remain silent threatening, “But take a look at Mariah, next time I inspire you to write a song, come on.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COqjmf9GUP0
You Get No Love
These works highlight Em’s exasperation with women and other failed relationships.
Eminem feat. Obie Trice – “Drips” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
Em shares his woes with former Shady Records signee, Obie Trice, about a girl who gives them both AIDS. On his “fuck a bitch shit,” he proclaims, “That’s why I ain’t got no time/For these games and stupid tricks/All these bitches on my dick/That’s how dudes be getting sick.”
Eminem feat. Obie Trice & 50 Cent – “Love Me” (8 Mile Soundtrack, 2002)
This song features a woman singing,”I just wanna love ya for the rest of my life/I wanna hold you in the mornin’, hold your through the night,” to which Obie Trice impolitely replies, “I don’t love you, bitch.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npUtRLzOJnE
Obie Trice feat. Eminem – “Lady” (Cheers, 2003)
After being on the rocks with Kim, Em warns his new lovers to be discreet (“What we do under the covers should stay between the covers”) and admits he’s the type “that might flip and get a little bit crazy.”
Eminem – “Spend Some Time” (Encore, 2004)
A heartbroken Em sings, “I never thought I’d find, someone to be mine/Lord knows I was right, cause you just crossed the line” throughout the bitter track. Though it’s never been specified who the track is about, the female singer sounds like what a Mariah Carey voicemail may have sounded like in 2003.
Lloyd Banks feat. Eminem – “Where I’m At” (H.F.M. 2, 2010)
Em makes it clear he’s had nothing but bad luck with the opposite sex spewing, “Fucking see why they call this bullshit a relationship, ships sink/And you know it’s love as soon as you fall in it cause shit stinks/And it feels like everytime I fucking do I get jinxed.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euFf1xi9vYE
Eminem – “Space Bound” (Recovery, 2010)
With a hook sampled from R.E.M.’s “Drive,” Em pours his heart out with lines like, “My body aches when I ain’t with you, I have zero strength/There’s no limit on how far I would go, no boundaries, no lengths.” Similar to “Love the Way You Lie,” he describes a love that evolves into an abusive relationship.
Eminem feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Love Game” (Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
Em spouts off about unfaithful women on this song, but can’t leave ’em alone. He confesses, “But fuck it, I’m movin’ on, you women are all cray/But I’ll probably always keep on playing.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdZHuPsomd4
Eminem – “So Much Better” (Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
“I’m back on my fuck hoes, with a whole new hatred for blondes/But biased? I hate all bitches the same, baby come on,” Em states on this song about groupie slander that could also be interpreted as a personification of the rap game.
Eminem – “Desperation” (Marshall Mathers LP 2 Bonus Track, 2013)
The Jamie N Commons sampled track features Em rapping about yet another romance gone sour saying, “You were using me for loot like I used you for looks.”
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAN-gfFXjXY
Ladies, You Know I Love You
Despite everything mentioned above, Em still has the audacity to brag about having the ability to entice women on these songs. Eminem – “So Bad” (Recovery, 2010)
Bars like, “Cause you ain’t never met nobody like me/And you ain’t gonna wanna fuck nobody else again” are pretty self-explanatory.
Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwPDoWBvD04
Eminem – “Seduction” (Recovery, 2010)
Em raps about seducing your girl with his lyrical prowess bragging, “Ain’t nobody who’s as good at what I do/Cause one minute she loves you/The next she don’t, she’s been stolen from you.”