XXL Tallies Up Eminem’s Most Frequent Lyrical References

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Eminem is releasing his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, today. Over the years, Eminem has many re-occurring themes that have appeared in his lyrics with an amazing frequency. Everybody knows that Eminem is a fan of talking about his daughter, Hailie, but do you know the exact many times that Em has name-checked his daughter in a song?

XXL has tallied up Em’s most frequently used lyrical references on each of his eight solo albums to see what we could find. Do you see a trend?

Editor’s Note: This article is an update of a piece that originally ran in the June 2009 issue of XXL. Compiled by Carol Cherry, Clover Hope, Rob Markman & Vanessa Satten.

Threats To His Ex-Wife Kim

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 6
The Eminem Show:0
Encore: 0
Relapse:0
Recovery:0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 5 [Kim is never specifically referenced on the album but general consensus seems to be that "So Much Better" is about her]

Total: 11

Daughter, Hailie

Infinite: 4
The Slim Shady LP:  57
The Marshall Mathers LP: 19
The Eminem Show: 41
Encore: 51
Relapse: 4
Recovery: 7
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 3

Total: 186

Threats To Mother, Debbie

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 10
The Eminem Show:0
Encore:0
Relapse: 1
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 11

Dr. Dre

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 7
The Marshall Mathers LP: 12
The Eminem Show: 15
Encore: 22
Relapse: 13
Recovery: 3
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 6

Total: 78

Murder Of Dr. Dre

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 2
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 0
Relapse: 0
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 2

50 Cent

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 0
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 13
Relapse: 1
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 14

“Wigger”

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 1
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 0
Relapse: 0
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 1

His Whiteness

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 5
The Marshall Mathers LP: 7
The Eminem Show: 2
Encore: 3
Relapse: 2
Recovery: 2
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 1

Total: 22

D12 Or Any Member

Infinite: 2
The Slim Shady LP: 3
The Marshall Mathers LP: 10
The Eminem Show: 1
Encore: 11
Relapse: 4
Recovery: 15
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 3

Total: 49

“Dope”

Infinite: 1
The Slim Shady LP: 3
The Marshall Mathers LP: 1
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 1
Relapse: 0
Recovery: 1
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 7

Crack

Infinite: 2
The Slim Shady LP: 8
The Marshall Mathers LP: 0
The Eminem Show: 1
Encore: 0
Relapse: 0
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 11

Cocaine

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 4
The Marshall Mathers LP: 3
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 1
Relapse: 0
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 8

Acid

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 6
The Marshall Mathers LP: 2
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 0
Relapse: 0
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 8

Mushrooms:

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 17
The Marshall Mathers LP: 0
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 0
Relapse: 0
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 17

Heroin

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 5
The Marshall Mathers LP: 1
The Eminem Show: 1
Encore: 1
Relapse:  0
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 8

Other Drugs

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 14
The Marshall Mathers LP: 12
The Eminem Show: 5
Encore: 5
Relapse: 44
Recovery:12
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 8

Total: 97

Ecstasy

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 2
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 1
Relapse: 1
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 1

Total: 3

Guns

Infinite: 2
The Slim Shady LP: 17
The Marshall Mathers LP: 20
The Eminem Show: 13
Encore: 3
Relapse: 10
Recovery: 1
The Marshall Mathers LP 2:  9

Total: 75

Knives

Infinite: 3
The Slim Shady LP: 4
The Marshall Mathers LP: 6
The Eminem Show:0
Encore:0
Relapse: 5
Recovery: 1
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 3

Total: 22

Swords

Infinite: 1
The Slim Shady LP: 1
The Marshall Mathers LP: 0
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 0
Relapse: 1
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 2

Total: 5

STDs

Infinite: 1
The Slim Shady LP: 10
The Marshall Mathers LP: 1
The Eminem Show: 1
Encore: 0
Relapse: 1
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 1

Total: 14

“Fag,” “Fags,” “Faggot” Or “Faggots”

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 12
The Eminem Show: 3
Encore: 0
Relapse: 4
Recovery: 3
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 5

Total: 27

Christopher Reeve

Infinite: 0
The Slim Shady LP: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP: 2
The Eminem Show: 0
Encore: 14
Relapse: 4
Recovery: 0
The Marshall Mathers LP 2: 0

Total: 20

  • guest

    so much better is not about kim. its about females in general. he hasnt made a bad song about kim since puke, and he last referenced her on lwtyl and going through changes