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Album: The Eminem ShowReleased: 2002Charted:
In this song Eminem raps about how people are always trying to be like him and what it's really like to be a rapper and how hard it can be.
This samples the vocals from the 1973 Aerosmith hit "Dream On." While the sounds of Steven Tyler were sampled, his Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry
recorded the guitar solo used in this song specifically for Eminem.
The line, "You're full of s--t too, Guerra, that was a fist that hit you" is a reference to a fight Eminem had with John Guerra, who he saw kissing his wife outside a Detroit area bar in June of 2000. Police said Eminem hit Guerra with a gun, and Guerra received a settlement of $100,000.
Eminem was addressing here the critics who didn't understand why people were identifying with him. He explained in an annotated comment on Rap Genius
: "I realized I was becoming like the rappers that I looked up to as a kid. I identified with and loved LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. I felt like if everybody didn't understand their music, it didn't matter - they were speaking to me. So that's what I was trying to make people realize on this track."