• "My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."

  • "We just kept moving back and forth because my mother never had a job. We kept getting kicked out of every house we were in. I believe six months was the longest we ever lived in a house."

  • "I was takin' a shit. I swear to God. And the fuckin' name just popped into my head. Then I started thinkin' of twenty million things that rhymed with it." [on how he thought up of 'Slim Shady']

  • "SlimShady is just the evil thoughts that come into my head. Things I shouldn't be thinking about. Not to be gimmicky, but people should be able to determine when I'm serious and when I'm fuckin around. That's why a lot of my songs are funny. I got a warped sense of humor I guess."

  • "There was a while when I was feeling like, 'Damn, if I'd just been born black, I would not have to go through all this.'"

  • "There were times when friends had to buy me fuckin' shoes!" [on him living on welfare]

  • "I had this whole Slim Shady concept of being two different people, having two different sides of me. One of them I was trying to let go and I looked at the mirror and smashed it. That was the whole intro of the Slim Shady EP. Slim Shady was coming to haunt me, was coming to haunt Eminem."

  • "All my life I've been dealing with my race because of where I grew up and being in the rap game". I get offended when people say, `So, being a white rapper...and growing up white...after being born white...' It's all I ever hear! I'm at a boiling point...Anybody who pulls the race card is getting it right back in their face".

  • "Whoever likes my stuff, likes my stuff but just know Slim Shady is hip hop, I grew up on hip hop, it's the music I love and it's the music I respect. I respect the culture...that's me."

  • "If I said in one of my songs that my English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high, all I'm saying is that I'm not gay, you know. People confuse the lyrics for me speaking my mind... I don't agree with that lifestyle, but if that lifestyle is for you, then it's your business."

  • "I had nothing to lose, but something to gain. If I made an album for me and it was to my satisfaction, then I succeeded. If I didn't, then my producers were going to give up on the whole rap thing we were doing. I made some shit that I wanted to hear. The Slim Shady EP, I lashed out on everybody who talked shit about me."

  • "A bunch of girls, swinging from a nice chandelier, landing on top of me naked...while I lay in a pool of steaming hot water!" [his fantasy]

  • "I try not to look at it that way-being white. I don't wake up every day and look in the mirror, 'Oh, I'm white.'

  • "I don't like to give the sob story: growing up in a single-parent home, never knew my father, my mother never worked, and when friends came over I'd hide the welfare cheese. Yo, I failed ninth grade three times, but I don't think it was necessarily 'cause I'm stupid. I didn't go to school. I couldn't deal."

  • "I get offended when people come to me and ask me, 'So being a white rapper...' and 'Being that you're white...' and 'So growing up white...' and 'After being born white...' and white white white white is all I ever seem to hear instead of the music."

  • ^"Nobody's fuckin' wit' Dre, as far as rap producers. As soon as we went into the studio we knocked out four songs in six hours. Every beat he would make, I had a rhyme for. For some reason, he knows what type of beat I like. We got a good chemistry together." (on working with Dre)

  • ^"I never got into a battle and didn't freestyle. That's how I won all my battles. I can't see anybody winning a battle with written raps. That shit is so fuckin' corny to me. I don't wanna be known as an underground MC, but you gotta start in the underground. If you don't build a foundation, your ass is through."(his secret to success)

  • "I want to bring different sounds, different points of view to hip-hop," Eminem said while attending the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards on Aug. 18. "I want to be different and separate myself. I already am different, you know what I'm sayin' just from being who I am."

  • "Cause my mother's a bitch. You can even print that. My mother's a bitch. My mother never had a job. My mother never had nothing. We didn't have shit. We had to keep moving out of the house. I believe six months was the longest we ever lived in a house."

  • ~"She's the one I wouldn't impregnate, I wouldn't impregnate her, I'd use a condom." When he was asked about Ginger from the Spice Girls. (who he has a crush on)

    ~Provided by Allison

    ^Provided by Lisa Reilly