Marshall Mathers would not be the rapper we think of today if it were not for a childhood spent ducking bullies along 8 Mile Road. Eminem is quite possibly the most famous rapper to ever admit to suffering from being picked on by childhood bullies. Early in his career, Eminem wrote songs like “Brain Damage” where he described being physically and mentally bullied by one of his classmates, D’Angelo Bailey, during middle school.
In 2003, Bailey sued Eminem for $1 million dollars for ruining his reputation after the release of the song. The claim was famously tossed from court by Judge Deborah Servitto, when she delivered her ruling in Eminem’s favor in the form of a rap. The judge famously rapped in front of the court, “Mr. Bailey complains that his rep is trash/So he’s seeking compensation in the form of cash/Bailey thinks he’s entitled to some monetary gain/Because Eminem used his name in vain” and “the lyrics are stories no one would take as fact/They’re an exaggeration of a childish act/It is therefore this court’s ultimate position/That Eminem is entitled to summary disposition.”