Producer: Dr. Dre
Album: Relapse
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
"Déjà Vu" is a revealing look at Marshall Mathers' debilitating dependence on sleep medications and some of the cloudy rationale behind it. Back to vintage form over a jangling beat and moody bass, he explains how his demons still beckon him; he even confesses that his publicized 2007 hospitalization for an illness was a smokescreen: "See me and you we almost had the same outcome, Heath/'Cause that Christmas, you know the whole pneumonia thing?/It was bologna, was it the methadone, ya think?" He admits, too, the difficulty in coping with the death of his best friend: "Wouldn't even be takin' this shit if DeShaun didn't die/Oh yeah, there's an excuse, you lose Proof, so you use." True to form, he doesn't hold back. Rather, as you would expect him to, he uses his music to help him cope.