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Eminem & Marilyn Manson

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“The Way I Am” is a song by the rapper Eminem, released in 2000. It was the second single from his worldwide hit album, The Marshall Mathers LP. In the tradition of most of Eminem’s follow-up singles, “The Way I Am” features a much darker and emotionally driven sound than the album’s lead single, in this case “The Real Slim Shady.”

It features the first beat Eminem produced on his own, featuring an ominous bassline, a piano loop, and chimes. In the song, Eminem lashes out at people he feels are putting too much pressure on him, including overzealous fans and record executives expecting him to top the success of his hit single “My Name Is” (which he ironically was able to do with “The Real Slim Shady.”) He slows down his typical flow for the song and delivers each line very aggressively, almost shouting them out.

The song has also been remixed by Danny Lohner featuring Marilyn Manson, who has performed the song with Eminem on stage.

In 2005 “The Way I Am” was released on the album Curtain Call: The Hits.

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