Eminem just released the 20th-anniversary expanded edition of his iconic album ‘The Eminem Show.’ The album re-released some of the most iconic songs such as “White America,” “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” “Without Me,” “Sing for the Moment” and more. On top of these classics, the expanded edition also includes some freestyles and a new track titled “Jimmy, Brian and Mike.”
However, “Jimmy, Brian and Mike” is not entirely a new song. This song is believed to have been recorded somewhere in 1999-2000. Apparently, some parts of the song had to be re-recorded which was done in early 2022. So, the song contains Eminem’s vocals from two decades apart.
On “Jimmy, Brian and Mike,” we hear Slim Shady. The track takes us back to the days when Eminem was struggling with drug abuse. But this song takes a rather ‘chirpy’ note (as opposed to his demonic thoughts under drugs). Eminem has a house party with his friends, who are all losing their minds under drug consumption. Eminem is actually the one who tries to keep a handle on the situation and begs his friend Jimmy to not let him die tonight.
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Eminem “Jimmy, Brian and Mike” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In the first verse of the song, Eminem describes his drug-fueled house party surrounded by his friends.
Their make-shift drugs include anything from inhaling paint to nitrous oxide to bleach to other drugs and weed. It is almost as if there’s an unspoken competition between Eminem and his friends to see who can push the limits the furthest.
If I just die, Mike, just call my mom (911)
Greg can drink a whole keg through a funnel
Eminem talks to two of his friends here. He asks Mike to call his mother if he dies of a drug overdose. But 911 is definitely not Eminem’s mother’s direct dial. Either Eminem is hinting that he does not want anything to do with his mother or he wants his mother to come first since he is already dead and medical professionals cannot do anything now.
Eminem also has to teach his friend Brian how to smoke a bong. Eminem must be an expert in all things drugs and weeds at this point in his life. He probably had built up a high tolerance for drugs, too. This is why Eminem has to keep shouting at everyone else to keep them straight.
Look at you guys, you’re makin’ a mess, where’s Jason?
“Dude, I’m in the basement with Jeff
In the second verse of the song, Eminem starts tipping off, too. He notices that the walls are leaning sideways. He quickly realizes that it’s him tipping over and not the walls. But he only had 19 shots–just a casual Wednesday. Eminem tries to shake it off saying he is not even buzzing yet.
The party gets even wilder as time passes by. Brian goes number 2 right in the middle of the living room. He needs tissue paper and Eminem hands him over an XXL Magazine issue (a premiere hip-hop magazine founded in 1997).
Eminem realizes that things are starting to get out of control. He calls off the party and kicks everyone out.
Another casual Wednesday ends.
Eminem definitely portrays a Slim Shady era with this song, lyrics, beat, and the themes. However, he has a much lighter tone about the topic.
Eminem is 14 years sober by 2022.
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