''When I wrote that song the label was really stressing me for a first single. I had my whole album just about finished. I went up to Interscope and played it for everybody. But everybody was saying they didn't feel like I had a leadoff single - they were all second singles, like 'Stan' and 'Criminal'. That's when I wrote 'The Way I Am', right after we had that meeting. I was feeling the frustration and pressure of like trying to top 'My Name Is'. So instead of giving them 'The Real Slim Shady' which I ended up writing at the last minute right before my deadline - thank God - I gave 'em that song. I just let it out. It was a message to the label, a message to everybody, to get off my fuckin' back.'' - Eminem
''If a critic calls me a bigot, misogynist, pig or homophobe, I'm gonna be that. If your perception of me is fucked-up, I'm gonna be fucked-up. If your perception of me is that I'm a decent guy, I'm gonna show you a decent guy.'' - Eminem
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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