Lose Yourself: Decipher some of the texts on the Eminem Classic and how they connect to 8 Mile

“He opens his mouth, but the words don’t come out …”

When you first listen to it, the song seems general enough. Eminem opens the track by asking if you could one day make your dreams come true. Would you take it And yes, anyone can relate to it. In fact, however, that idea is directly tied to the narrative of the film, as Eminem’s character wants nothing more than to be a world-famous rapper and he cuts his teeth on the underground freestyle track. But one lyric stands out in relation to this narrative thread:

What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud. He opens his mouth, but the words don’t come out. He’s choking, like, everyone’s joking now.

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