Producer: Bass Brothers, Eminem
Album: The Slim Shady LP
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
As a kid, Marshall Mathers suffered some serious injuries to the dome thanks to some mean-ass bullies. "Brain Damage" is born out of those tramautic experiences—hey, like the advice goes, "Write what you know." Once again, Mathers utilizes humor to deal with painful memories, describing himself as a "corny lookin' white boy, scrawny and always ornery/'cause I was always sick of brawny bullies pickin' on me." So, he gets revenge—by letting the air out of every tire on the bike rack. In the world he recreates, adults show him no love: A teacher tells him, "That bully wants to beat your ass and I'ma let him," and the principal even helps the bully kick Marshall's ass. The situation doesn't get any better at home when he starts bleeding from the ears and his mom yells at him, "Look at you, you're gettin blood all over my rug!" Of course, this is exactly the type of engrossing dark humor that Em excels at—even if it is based on a lot of truth he would probably rather forget.