Behold Eminem’s new song “Legacy,” off The Marshall Mathers L.P. 2. Behold it because he not only name-checks B-Dawk, but a whole lot of other random Eagles stuff too.
Here’s the relevant part–starting at the 3:50 mark.
Me against the world so what, I’m Brian Dawkins
Versus the whole 0-16 Lions offense
So bring on the Giants, Falcons, and Miami Dolphins
It’s the bodybag game bitch I’m supplying coffins
Cause you dicks butt kiss, a bunch of Brian Baldingers
The bodybag game, for those of you not yet sentient, was a 1990 Buddy Ryan masterpiece in which eight Washington Redskins were injured. Brian Baldinger is currently a broadcaster at 97.5 the Fanatic. “Dicks butt kiss” is a crappy Dick Butkus joke.
Now, for the deeper meaning. The Lions are Eminem’s home team, so envisioning himself destroying them–during the season in which they lost every single game in 2008–encapsulates the self-loathing that’s always underscored his work. They are also horrible and he’s the man (aka Brian Dawkins). Just like him vs. all his loser haters, etc. The rest of this song is mostly just an excuse to rhyme stuff.
For instance, Eminem structures the entire song around the line, “I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is falling,” with which he begins each verse. This is important because nearly every line ends with a word that kind of rhymes with “Fallin.” Hence: Dawkins, offense, Dolphins, coffins, Baldingers. There’s no way he actually has anything against Brian Baldinger. He just googled Eagles-related stuff that loosely rhymed with and found a white guy who played at Duke. He even pronounces “Falcons” like it’s the Millenium Falcon, or like he’s Robert Frost.
The desperate rhyming doesn’t stop there. A few lines later, we learn that he’s in “a flying saucer full of Italian sausage.” He’d better hope this song won’t end up his legacy…legacy…eeeeehh eh.