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25th March 2014
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Eminem, word geek
As a geek who experienced being a social outcast, and eventually found a group of people I feel at home with, I can relate to Eminem's song "Legacy". Have a listen (4:56). To summarize the lyrics:

Verse 1:
I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is fallin'
Why am I so differently wired? Am I a martian?

Eminem goes on to describe issues in his childhood from being different. Difficulty at school, being alone, being bullied.

Verse 2:
I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is fallin'
Why am I so differently wired in my noggin?

Eminem learns to tune out the world with music and biking around Detroit. He discovers that he enjoys writing lyrics and it gives him some confidence that he's okay. He learns to write about the kids bullying him as a coping mechanism.

Verse 3:
I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is fallin'
Now I think the fact that I'm differently wired's awesome

Eminem is fully actualized. He's proud of his ability with words. He realizes he's better at this than almost anyone, and it gives him strength and confidence. Em is comfortable in his own skin, and will shred anyone who tries to bring him down.

The best part about me is I am not you
I'm me, I'm the Fire Marshall and this is my legacy

As always, the rhyme schemes are complex, the word play addictive, and the back beat a worthy song on its own. This is a great anthem for anyone who had difficulty socially in school, and felt like they came into their own geekdom sometime later in life. For me it was college.

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