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Eminem's 6 False Prophesies

From techno to the wartime draft, here's what Slim Shady has been wrong about over the years

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Eminem is one of rap's all-time greatest MCs, but that doesn't mean he's always right. In fact, Marshall Mathers has made some rather definitive predictions about everything from his music to the wartime draft that most certainly didn't come true. With MMLP2 dropping soon, we're looking back at six shady prophesies from Slim. 

PS: For everything we know about The Marshall Mathers LP 2, check out our complete guide to Em's 8th album.

Eminem backstage for a Fuse TV interview during the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 11, 2011 in Manchester, Ten
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False Prediction: Electronic Music Is Over

Song: "Without Me" from The Eminem Show (2002)

Prediction: "Moby… you're too old, let go, it's over / Nobody listens to techno!"

Reality: Techno has been continually popular since the '90s, but in the last three years it's exploded into a mainstream phenomenon, so much that critics decided it needed a fresh new name (EDM). As for Moby, he's enjoyed two No. 1 hits on the dance charts since then and high-profile song placement in the Bourne films, so his career definitely isn't "over." 

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False Prediction: Radio Would Ignore His Then-Current Single

 Song: "The Way I Am" from The Marshal Mathers LP (2000)

Prediction: "Radio won't even play my jam"

Reality: "The Way I Am" was a Top 40 hit on two Billboard charts and was included on his 2005 hits comp. 

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False Prediction: Bush Would Reinstate the Draft

 Song: "Square Dance" from The Eminem Show (2002)

Prediction: "You laugh 'til your motherf—kin ass gets drafted / While you're at band camp thinking that crap can't happen"

Reality: Despite fears, the wartime draft was never reinstated during Bush's terms. And with troops gradually withdrawing from the Middle East, it seems extremely unlikely this will happen.  

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False Prediction: Critics Will Hate Him

Song: "The Real Slim Shady" from The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

Prediction: "Half of you critics can't even stomach me, let alone stand me"

Reality: The Marshall Mathers LP enjoyed near-universal acclaim from critics upon release and won the Grammy for Rap Album of the Year in 2001. On the other hand, a different prediction from "The Real Slim Shady" proved true. Em also rapped, "You think I give a damn about a Grammy," and when you watch his acceptance speech, you can tell he absolutely doesn't. 

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False Prediction: He Would Die Soon

Song: "Public Enemy #1" from Eminem Presents: The Re-Up (2006)

Prediction: "I got this feeling in my bones I might die soon / The FBI might be tryin' to pull my file soon"

Reality: Despite his conspiracy theory concerns, Eminem is still alive and going strong. His biggest foe over the next few years wasn't the government watching his every move—Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, it was his own struggle with addiction. 

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False Prediction: Christina Aguilera Did/Would Hook Up With Fred Durst

Song: "The Real Slim Shady" from The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

Prediction: "Sh-t, Christina Aguilera better switch me chairs / So I can sit next to Carson Daly and Fred Durst / And hear 'em argue over who she gave head to first."

Reality: Xtina emphatically denied ever hooking up with the Limp Bizkit frontman or the TV host. "He got no nookie," Aguilera told MTV. "That did not happen, okay? And the thing with Carson, too. Eminem's whole song did not happen." Durst himself later confirmed as much during a Reddit AMA.

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