Producer: Eminem
Album: Relapse Deluxe Edition
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
Mirrors have always been an essential motif in Eminem’s music. Think back to the house of mirrors in the “Not Afraid” video, the references he makes to them on songs like “Renegade” and “When I’m Gone,” or even the cover of The Slim Shady EP, where Em is smashing through the glass. Mirrors are the physical manifestation of Eminem’s longstanding exploration of duality—which allows the coexistence of Slim Shady and Eminem and rhymes about both real-life struggles and outlandishly violent fantasies. That’s why “My Darling” makes perfect sense in context, as Em confronts his demons (literally) of addiction and tries to punch out the mirror once again.