The Way I Am

Eminem - The Way I Am CD cover

Genre Hardcore hip hop, horrorcore, rap rock
Released September 7, 2000
Album The Marshall Mathers LP
Recorded 2000
Length 4:50
Label Aftermath, Interscope
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The Way I Am is a song by american hip-hop artist Eminem, the song was released as the second single off the album The Marshall Mathers LP released on September 7, 2000 a month after The Real Slim Shady single was released. The song debut at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Writing processEdit

The song was written by Mathers himself and it talks about the pressures of fame and talks about his overzealous fan base expecting him to top My Name Is with The Real Slim Shady. The hook is a tribute to the Erik B. and Rakim song “As the Rhyme Goes On” and says that the media is portraying something Em is not. The song references the Columbine School Shooting by saying "When a dude's getting bullied and shoots up his school And they blame it on Marilyn and the heroin Where were the parents at? And look where it's at." The line talks about that Manson was blamed for the shooting cause the person that did it listened to his music.

Music VideoEdit

Eminem - The Way I Am

Eminem - The Way I Am

The video shows Marshall standing on a ledge of a building and jumps off it as moments appear as flash backs manly his personal life and fans asking for his autograph.

Track listingEdit

  • UK CD single[1]
  1. "The Way I Am" - 4:53
  2. "Bad Influence" - 3:40
  3. "My Fault" (Pizza Mix) - 3:54
  4. "The Way I Am" (Video) - 4:53
  • UK Cassette
  1. "The Way I Am" - 4:53
  2. "Bad Influence" - 3:40
  • Australian CD single[2]
  1. "The Way I Am" (Unedited Version) - 4:53
  2. "The Way I Am" (Clean) - 4:55
  3. "Kids" (Uncensored Version) - 5:07
  4. "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" - 5:17
  5. "Steve Berman" (Skit) - 0:56
  6. "The Real Slim Shady" (Video) - 4:44


Chart (2000) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 34
Austrian Singles Chart 11
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 16
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 9
Danish Singles Chart [3] 15
Dutch Top 40[4] 10
Finnish Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart[5] 19
Irish Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 58
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[6] 26
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[7] 5

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