They’re topics he’s explored since he first exploded onto the
music scene in the late ’90s—the unsettled, manic lyrics
mirroring his tumultuous personal life with his on-again-off-again
wife, Kim, drug abuse that brought him to the brink of
death, and challenges balancing his public persona with his
private life as a
But the rapper produces perhaps his most emotional work yet
when singing about his family.Giving listeners an honest,
inside look at Eminem’s complicated struggle with parenthood,
his daughter Hailie
Jade—now a 21-year-old at Michigan State—takes the
spotlight in three songs off the new album.
Here are all the times Eminem references his daughter in
In perhaps one the most heartrending songs on the album, Eminem
dedicates “Castle” entirely to Hailie Jade. Written in the form
of annual letters to his daughter, the rapper takes listeners
inside his mind as a father.
Starting with her birth, Eminem welcomes her to “mom and dad’s
crazy world” before rapping of the pressure he feels to provide
Hailie with the life he was never given—the castles of sand.
As Hallie gets older Eminem begins to feel guilty for making
her the subject of many of his songs — even though they are a
large part of the reason he’s been able to provide for his
family. He struggles with the idea that he might have exploited
his own child for the sake of his career.
“I said your name but always tried to hide your face,” he raps.
“This game is crazy, I wanted to claim my love for you but
damn. I never knew it’d be like this. If I did, I wouldn’t have
done it. You ain’t asked for none of this s–t. Now you’re being
punished? Things that should’ve been private with me and your
mother is public.”
Like in many of the songs on Revival, Eminem alludes
to this being his final album.
“They can take this fame back, I don’t want it,” he says. “I’ll
put out this last album then be done with it.”
In this song, a drug-addicted Eminem issues his final apologies
from his death bed. The song starts with him wishing he could
“rewind time like tape” for every drug he’s taken and the
realization that he might not make it out of the hospital. From
here, he starts his apology to his children.
“Just heard they’re unplugging me,” he raps. “And it’s your
birthday. Jade I’m missing your birthday. Baby girl, I’m
sorry,” he raps to Hailie Jade.
He raps his regrets about major milestones he will miss in his
children’s lives, including holidays, graduations and even
“Smile pretty for pictures. Always cherish each other. I’ll
always love ya. And I’ll be in the back of your memory. And I
know you’ll never forget me. Just don’t get sad when
In the end, it’s his family that helped Eminem pull through his
addiction. “Consider the last four minutes as the song I’d have
sent to my daughters if I’d have made it to the hospital less
than two hours later,” he says. “But I fought it.”
“In Your Head”
While “In Your Head” isn’t entirely dedicated to his children,
he once again apologizes to Hailie for making her “80 percent
of what I rapped about.”
Eminem admits that at times he’s struggled with how to deal
with fame and his booming career.
“Maybe I shoulda, did a better job at separating Shady,” he