Producer: Dr. Dre, Mel-Man
Album: The Slim Shady LP
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
Back in the '50s, the powers that be wanted to protect teenagers from the "suggestive" dancing of Elvis Presley. Fifty years later, Eminem was being heavily criticized for making music that could potentially "harm" children. This is not brought up to make some connection between Elvis and Eminem, but to demonstrate that there are certain social concerns that haven't changed much throughout the decades. In response to the controversy, Em recorded "Role Model," an early Dr. Dre collaboration that utilizes scathing sarcasm to make its point: "I've been with 10 women who got HIV/Now don't you wanna grow up to be just like me?/I got genital warts and it burns when I pee/Don't you wanna grow up to be just like me?/I tie a rope around my penis and jump from a tree/You probably wanna grow up to be just like me!" (Answers: No, no... been there, done that.)