Producer: Eminem & Luis Resto
Album: Encore
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
An apology for the crude rant ("Foolish Pride") he made in high school when a black girl he dated dumped him, "Yellow Brick Road" starts by putting everything in perspective, neatly describing the hectic life led by a young Marshall Mathers, a white kid in love with hip-hop. He explains how he'd get his ass handed to him daily and tells of the day he met Proof. He then remembers how, like a lot of rap supporters, he dumped Troops for Pumas just because MC Shan said so, how he got jacked for wearing African medallions and Flavor Flav clocks, and how he and his Caucasian buddy commiserated by "sayin' how we hate this/How racist but dope the X-Clan's tape is." It's such an intimate picture of the perils faced by white rap fans during a time when racial matters mattered in the rap movement. It all develops like a prequel to the 8 Mile movie. The determination to stick with a music he admires is evident. Yes, the teenage Marshall Mathers made a mistake dissing all black females just because one played him (and he did the right thing years later by apologizing). He is, at least, convincing enough in portraying how overwhelming and impressionable this period in his life was for him, caught growing up in a world that wasn't black and white, but gray.