Eminem: I Get Confused [Recovery's Mix-Ups]

It’s been two months and Eminem just won’t let up. The boy is still going strong at No. 1 on the Billboard charts with his latest offering, Recovery, as he just spent his seventh week in the top spot and has moved an astounding (for this climate) 2.2 mil so far. We love Em, so we’ve been listening to the album quite a bit since it first dropped and we’ve found a ton of memorably dope lines—but we caught some head scratchers, too. So, in his honor, we’ve brought our recurring 360 magazine column online. Don’t stress, Em, we all get confused sometimes.

“Walk around the party without a care, like a body without a head/Looking like a zombie from Night of the Living Dead.” —Eminem, “W.T.P.” (Recovery, 2010)
Though decapitated zombies sound cool in theory, the walking corpses in Night of The Living Dead all had heads. In fact, the main way to kill a zombie in NOTLD is by disabling its brain, so obviously they couldn’t “live” without heads.

“What’s the saying? Where there’s thunder there’s lightning/And they say that it never strikes twice in the same place/Then how the fuck have I been hit six times/In three different locations/On four separate occasions?” —Eminem, “Won’t Back Down” (Recovery, 2010)
That saying is actually a myth. According to WeatherImagery.com, lighting often strikes the same place twice. For example, the Empire State Building in New York City is reportedly struck by lightning around 25 times a year.

“Grab the scissors and saws and/Cut out your livers, gizzards, and balls.” —Eminem, “On Fire” (Recovery, 2010)
Although gizzards are found in certain reptiles, certain fish, and all birds, human beings don’t have gizzards. It’s anatomy 101.

“Saliva’s like sulfuric acid in your hand/It’ll eat through anything, melt the ass off Iron Man/Turn him into plastic.” —Eminem, “On Fire” (Recovery, 2010)
Mixing sulfuric acid and iron is not how you make plastic. Most modern day plastic is made from petrochemicals like crude oil and natural gas. And we all know Marshall has got some mean spit to him, but Iron Man’s armor was specifically made to resist acid. —Insanul Ahmed

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of XXL


    No you got it wrong this article is the head scratcher. Why do you care that some of what he says makes any sense?

  • Straight Knowledge

    Uhhhhh…Wow yall at XXL are some idiots. Let me address these weak a$$ arguments that you idiots are trying to make.

    1. He’s walking around like a zombie meaning he’s walking around without a care. Zombies don’t really think and neither do people without heads

    2. He said “they say” that thunder doesn’t strike twice in the same place. This is very true I have heard this hella times and everyone that has ever read XXL has heard someone say that before. Em don’t say this is fact, he just says “they” say it, and “they” certainly do.

    3. Who says he’s talking about humans? He just says ‘You”

    4. Possibly the stupidest idea of this whole column. By saying he’s going to melt Ironman who is made out of iron he means he will melt him like plastic. “Turn him into plastic” simply means melt him like he is plastic, since plastic melts very easily.

    Feast on this knowledge and if you don’t have anything smart to say don’t say anything at all.

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    * Raekwon in ‘Canal Street’ blank stare *

  • fmeezy

    epic fail lol…..

  • http://www.myspace.com/bkattmuzik Bumpy Genitalia



    And then to top it off, I walked to the newsstand
    to buy this cheap-ass little magazine with a food stamp
    Skipped to the last page, flipped right fast
    and what do I see? A picture of my big white ass
    Okay, let me give you motherfuckers some help:
    uhh, here – DOUBLE XL, DOUBLE XL
    Now your magazine shouldn’t have so much trouble to sell
    Ahh fuck it, I’ll even buy a couple myself


    Fuck this delusional article. XXL must be slipping…

  • jose_maldonado

    Damn… it seems XXL throwing a hissy fit since all that promotion for Officer Williams didnt get him platinum or godl to least of matter. And it also seems that these internet bloggers hate the fact that a white boy with great skills in the mic is killing them on their own brand of music fml,

  • Einztine

    Wow XXL, really? This is a lame attempt to discredit some of Em’s rhymes.

    The sad part is that this album has so many great, memorable lines, yet XXL digs deeply to find some missteps that actually aren’t really missteps.

    This article is just sad in multiple ways and I hope it isn’t a sign of similar articles to come.

  • Pingback: Rap Round Table, Week Ending 8/27/2010

  • Jesse James BX

    This one was off point. Clearly, he’s purposely being off the wall and less than literal. The precedent for inclusion in this column was supposed to be the use of bogus information presented as factual. The exposure of rappers’ pseudointellectual tendencies. There’s no lack of source material for that, and someone like Nas is a chief perpetrator. Don’t change the point of this sidebar, it’s a good one!

  • http://www.growtaller4idiotss.com/ Get taller

    I located so many great posts in your blog especially its discourse, from the tons of comments on your articles! Keep up the good work people.

  • JH

    especially its discourse, from the tons of comments on your articles! Keep up the good work people.

  • Slaughterhoiuseisamovement

    this is the most retarded shit ever, i read this before from one of da bloggers. im suprised xxl was fucked up enough to print the garbage. Seriously how stupid u gotta be to not understand wut hes sayin? Em aint confused, hes a fuckin genius, yall are stupid fo this one. Has all this retarded pop rap made yall this stupid? hip hop needs to go back to REAL mc skills and rhymes. then maybe yall will be able to understand true poetry.

  • genti

    ju jeni ma i miri ne bot eminem <3

  • http://www.eminemturkiye.com Eminem Turkey Fan Site