25 to Life

Album: Recovery (2010)
Charted: 92
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  • On this mellow track Eminem compares his hip-hop career to torn relationships, detailing how his devotion to music and the resulting fame has affected his ability to relate to women.
  • The song was produced by DJ Khalil and features the vocals of Liz Rodrigues, who is a member of the producer's group. The Toronto-based singer also appears on the Recovery track, "Almost Famous."
  • Eminem explained this song's meaning to Vibe magazine: "What the whole song is saying is that I have a strange relationship with hip-hop because I love it so much. I go through this thing in my head a lot, which I'm sure every rapper does, where you give your life to this thing. You literally give everything that you got. I come to work some days wearing the same thing two days in a row—baggy sweats—just dedicating my life to this. And there are times that I feel like I get the respect that I deserve and there are times where I feel like I don't."
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  • Dorian from Deer Island, Or25 to life is the jail sentance u recieve when u have commuted murder the minimal time is 25 yrs and the maximum is a life sentence hence the name 25 to life
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