Eminem’s My Name Is Has A Secret Message If Played Backwards

by : Julia Banim on : 23 Feb 2019 12:26
Eminem has secret message.Eminem has secret message.Getty

It’s been two decades since The Slim Shady LP launched Eminem into the public conscious, causing the sort of parental hand wringing usually reserved for Marilyn Manson.


Eminem’s early tracks drew from murderous fantasies and deep reservoirs of rage, using the sort of crude, offensive language likely to get you sent to bed without dinner.

To be fair on him, my dad was oddly a big fan of Em’s venom-filled track Cleanin’ Out My Closet (2002), perhaps cheered by the thought of children threatening to tidy their rooms with such passion.

The 46-year-old rapper’s way of weaponizing words has defined him from the very beginning, setting him apart as one of the most controversial figures in popular music.

And it seems he has used his lyrics to imprint his identity onto the hearts and minds of rap fans in more ways than we could have anticipated.


Take My Name Is, from The Slim Shady LP, a track where Em introduces his twisted alter ego, Slim Shady.

Amidst the gruesome tirades against everybody from Pamela Lee to his former English teacher, is one of the most memorable choruses of his career to date:

Hi, my name is, what? My name is, who?
My name is, chka-chka, Slim Shady
Hi, my name is, huh? My name is, what?
My name is, chka-chka, Slim Shady

The deceptively simple chorus is effective in establishing and parodying Slim Shady as the rap bogeyman of the late ’90s, a ghoulish figure to be blamed for horrific acts of violence.

However, play it backwards and the lyrics still continue to assert his presence:

It’s Eminem, it’s Eminem, it’s Eminem, it’s Slim.

Have a listen for yourself here:



Kind of want to play all Em’s back catalog backwards now…

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Music