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9. 'Drug Ballad'
"You have the right to remain violent and start wildin'," Em rhymes on this funky non-ballad from The Marshall Mathers LP. The track's moaning bass and soulful back-up vocals offer some levity from the album's suffocating darkness, but the lyrics are deceptively introspective: Mathers nakedly chronicles his drug addiction – from his childhood ("In third grade, all I used to do / Was sniff glue through a tube and play rubix cube") to his much scarier adulthood as a rap superstar ("Let the X destroy your spinal chord / So it's not a straight line no more").