About Legacy

"Legacy" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Eminem. It is the sixth track on his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013). The song discusses Eminem's dysfunctional childhood. The song was produced by American record producer Emile Haynie and written by Eminem, Polina Goudieva, David Brook, and Emile Haynie. The song features additional vocals from Russian singer-songwriter Polina. "Legacy" was met with generally positive reviews from music critics upon the album's release. The song has since peaked at number 44 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. "Legacy" became one of the official theme songs of WrestleMania XXX. 


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Tell me where to go, tell me what to do
I'll be right there for you
Tell me what to say, no matter if it's true
I'll say it all for you

I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is falling
Why am I so differently wired? Am I a martian?
What kind of twisted experiment am I involved in
Because I don't belong in this world
That’s why I'm scoffing at authority, defying often
Flying off at the handle with my mom, no dad
So I’m non complying at home, at school I’m just shy and awkward
And no I don’t need no goddamn psychologist
Trynna diagnose why I have all these underlying problems
Thinking he can try and solve them
I’m outside chalking up drawings on the sidewalk
And in the front drive talking to myself
Either that or inside hiding often to going somewhere quiet
Trying not to be noticed because I'm crying and sobbing
I had a bad day at school so I ain't talking
Some cocksucker shoved me into a fucking locker
And he said that I eyeballed him

And if you fall, I'll get you there
I'll be your savior from
All the wars that are fought
Inside your world
Please have faith in my words

'Cause this is my legacy, legacy, here
This is my legacy, legacy, here
There’s no guarantee, it’s not up to me, you can only see
This is my legacy, legacy
Legacy, legacy

I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is falling
Why am I so differently wired in my nogging?
'Cause sporadic as my thoughts come, it's mind boggling
'Cause I obsess on everything and my mind is small shit
Bothers me but now my father, he said sayonara and then split
But I don’t give a shit I'm fine as long as
There's batteries in my Walkman nothing is the matter with me
Shit look at the bright side at least I ain’t walking
I bike ride through the neighborhood of my apartment
Complex on a ten speed which I've acquired parts that I
Found in the garbage, a frame and put tires on it
Headphones on, straight ahead and kids tryin to start shit
But if this is all there is for me life offers
Why bother even try and put up a fight, it's nonsense
But I think a light bulb just lit up in my conscience
What about those rhymes I've been jottin'
They are kinda giving me confidence
Instead of tryina escape through my comics,
Why don't I just blast a little something like Onyx
To put me in the mood to wanna fight and write songs that
Say what I wanna say to the kid that said that I eyeballed him
Grab hold of my balls like that's right fight's on bitch
Who would've knew from the moment I turned the mic on
I could be iconic, and my conquest is
Is word to Phife Dawg from a Tribe Called Quest

This is my legacy, legacy, here
This is my legacy, legacy, here
There’s no guarantee, it’s not up to me, you can only see
This is my legacy, legacy
Legacy, legacy

I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is falling
Now I think the fact that I'm differently wired's awesome
'Cause if I wasn't I wouldn't be able to work
Words like this and connect lines like crosswords
And use my enemy's words as strength
To try and draw from, and get inspired off em
'Cause all my life I was told and taught I am not shit
By you wack fucking giant sacks of lying dog shit
Now you shut up bitch, I am talking
Thought I was full of horseshit and now
You fucking worship the ground in which I am walking
Me against the world so what? I'm Brian Dawkins
Versus the whole 0 and 16 Lions offense
So bring on the Giants Falcons and Miami Dolphins
It's the body bag game bitch I'm supplying coffins
'Cause you dicks, butt kiss, a bunch of Brian Baldingers
You gon die a ball licker I've been diabolical
With this dialogue since 99 Rawkus
You don't respect the legacy I leave behind y'all can
Suck a dick, the day you beat me pigs'll fly out my ass
And a flying saucer full of Italian sausage
The most high exalting and I ain't halting
Till I die of exhaustion inhale my exhaust fumes
The best part about me is I am not you
I am me, I'm a fire marshall and this is my

Legacy, legacy, here
This is my legacy, legacy, here
There’s no guarantee, it’s not up to me, you can only see
This is my legacy, legacy
Legacy, legacy

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Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (/ˌɛmɪˈnɛm/; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time in any genre, with Rolling Stone ranking him 83rd on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and labelling him the "King of Hip Hop". He will often be called " Slim Shady" at times. He has gotten into quite some rap battles against MGK, ( Machine Gun Kelly) Snoop Dog, etc. more »

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Written by: Polina Goudieva, David Brook, Emile Haynie, Marshall Mathers

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15 facts about this song

Song Theme
"Legacy" showcases the tumultuous life stages of Eminem, whereby he embraces adversity and accepts his personal struggles as part of his legacy.
Album Inclusion
The track is included in Eminem's eighth studio album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," which was released on November 5, 2013.
Song Collaborators
The song features Polina Goudieva, a Russian-born singer who is better known by her stage name, Polina. Her vocals appear in the chorus.
Musical Composition
Unlike many other Eminem songs, "Legacy" utilizes a continuous loop of piano notes and a hushed beat in the background, thereby providing a soft musical foundation for his poignant lyrics.
Song Production
The song was co-produced by Emile Haynie, a Grammy-award winning producer known for his work with other iconic artists like Lana Del Rey and Bruno Mars, among others.
The lyrics of "Legacy" reveal Eminem's struggles with feelings of alienation during his childhood and how he channeled those feelings into his music, ultimately embracing his individuality.
Sporting Event
The song gained additional fame after it was used as the intro music for WWE's WrestleMania XXX in 2014.
Tracklist Position
On the album's tracklist, "Legacy" is placed between "So Much Better" and "Asshole", and is the fifth song on the album.
Song Length
The duration of the "Legacy" track is 4:56, and it's one of the lengthier offerings on "The Marshall Mathers LP 2".
"Legacy" earned high praise from critics, with many applauding Eminem's introspective lyrics and vulnerability, which is often absent from mainstream rap.
Eminem's Personal Influence
Across the song, Eminem refers to the challenges he faced due to his mentally ill mother and his coping mechanism of slipping into an alter ego (Slim Shady) to protect himself.
Music Video
No official music video was made for "Legacy." Despite this, it is still recognized as one of the standout tracks on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2."
Focusing On The Past
The song provides an insight into Eminem’s early life, contrasting with the majority of tracks on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” which discuss his present or his hopeful future.
Song Narrative
The song is narrated from three different perspectives of Eminem's life - his childhood, his rise to fame, and his present-day self.
The song reveals how Eminem used to write rhymes as a kid as a form of escapism from his harsh reality, a practice which later paved the way for his success.

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