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The song that vaulted Eminem onto the national stage. This was the second single from Eminem’s major label debut The Slim Shady LP (the first was “Just Don’t Give a Fuck,” which appeared on both the LP and on his minor-label release The Slim Shady EP).

While Marshall bagged a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, the song wasn’t without controversy. Some of the lyrics, specifically: “99 percent of my life I was lied to / I just found out my mom does more dope than I do were the reason Debbie Mathers (Eminem’s mother) sued him.

“My Name Is” samples the 1975 song “I Got The…” by British musician Labi Siffre.

Siffre–an openly gay man–was reluctant to have his song be sampled in a song as homophobic as “My Name Is.” He let Dr. Dre and Eminem sample the song on the condition that they get rid of lines about raping lesbians and Eminem’s gay junior high teacher. (Both of those lyrics can be found on the extra explicit version of the song.) When Labi Siffre’s album “Remember My Song” was re-released Labi Siffre wrote in his liner notes about Eminem. He wrote,

Attacking two of the usual scapegoats, women and gays, is lazy writing. If you want to be radical, if you want to do battle, attack the aggressors not the victims.


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Recorded At
The Mix Room & Dre's Crib
Release Date
January 25, 1999
Songs That Sample My Name Is
Name Is 5k by Rajae5k, Skills by Egg-King, Юрий Грибин 2 (Yuri Gribin 2) by GRIBIN, What's My Name? by Sina Nitro (Ft. Capitan Ali), It's Just Us and the Gunz (Intro) by DJ Green Lantern, Junko (Skit) by Eminem, Nicole (Skit) by Eminem, Negative Response by Dean Aguiar, Brown Man With A Plan by The Dream Team (Official), My Name Is by Dirt Nasty, Juice WRLD Hour Freestyle of Fire Over Eminem Beats by Juice WRLD, Chet — После нас хоть потоп (Round 8) by Седьмой официальный баттл Hip-Hop.Ru (Battle 7) (Ft. Chet (RUS)), Daydreamin' (Dirty) by Swigga, 40 Years of Hip-Hop by The Hood Internet, My Name Is (Freestyle) by JID, Negative Responses by V-FUN, The Nuisance by Mazzagardo, Remind Me (Intro) (Turkish Translation) by Genius Azərbaycan Tərcümə, Remind Me (Intro) by Eminem, I’m Back by Eminem, Forgot About Dre by Dr. Dre (Ft. Eminem), Bow Wow (That's My Name) by Bow Wow (Ft. Snoop Dogg), History of Rap 1 by Jimmy Fallon (Ft. Justin Timberlake), Killerfist by Angerfist, Piotta è morto by Piotta, Rubber Dickey by Andrew E., Eminem - Stan (ft. Dido) (Traduction Française) by Genius Traductions françaises, The Real Slim Shady (Clean) by Eminem, Great Voices by C-Rayz Walz, Shady Interlude by Neil Cicierega, Hell Yea by Obie Trice, Primus Freestyle by Yelawolf, Game Don’t Wait (Remix) by Warren G (Ft. Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg & Xzibit), Meine Zeit by CRO, My Name Is... KANO by Kano, Rick Warren Money by Heath McNease, The Monster by Eminem (Ft. Rihanna), Ode To Shady by Alex The Emcee, The Real Smith Shady by David0Mario, Take This With A Grain Of Salt by Alex Dionisio, Right Now [Red Version] by The Living Tombstone (Ft. DMZL, Emi Jones & Sam Haft), Morning! by David0Mario, Guess What's Back by David0Mario, Beat By Dre by Alex Dionisio, Уличный Фристайл (Street Freestyle) by LIZER, My Name by Horseshoe G.A.N.G, “My Name Is” by Trevor Phillips, Slim Anus (Eminem Diss) by Insane Clown Posse & Asshole by Eminem (Ft. Skylar Grey & Skylar Grey)
Songs That Interpolate My Name Is
The Black Slim Shady by The Game, Sing 2 Audition Medley by SING 2 Cast, My Name by Horseshoe G.A.N.G, Political Insanity by GhostRaps, Hador Haba - הדור הבא by Hamofa Shel Victor Jackson - המופע של ויקטור ג'קסון, My Name Is Al Bundy by The great Luke Ski, Maximum by G-Eazy, FEAST by NIKHEDONIA (Ft. KILLBANSHEE), Coco by PewDiePie, Stu by Saturday Night Live (Ft. Beck Bennett, Bowen Yang, Chloe Fineman, Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney & Pete Davidson), Five More Nights by JT Music, Renegade by JAY-Z (Ft. Eminem), Stronzo by Nitro (Ft. DJ MS), Presenting Miilkbone by Miilkbone (Ft. Old naji), Hotline Miami by Dan Bull (Ft. Sparkles* & TryHardNinja), I'm Kaisson by Kaisson, I Hate This (Wii) by Sarcastic Gamer (Ft. Dave Cothran & Jerome Adams), Remember the Name by Ed Sheeran (Ft. 50 Cent & Eminem), Homicide by Logic (Ft. Eminem), Rain Man by Eminem, Fatty Boom Boom by Die Antwoord, HIP-HOP MASHUP by L.E.J, The Real Slim Shady by Eminem, Richard by Obie Trice (Ft. Eminem), Set The Record Straight by ID-X (Group) (Ft. Debbie Mathers-Briggs), Take Ya Home by Bow Wow, Set The Record Straight (Long Version) by ID-X (Group) (Ft. Debbie Mathers-Briggs), Stan by Eminem (Ft. Dido), Asshole by Eminem (Ft. Skylar Grey & Skylar Grey), Who Knew by Eminem, Happy by Leah Kate, Stan by Squidward Tentacles (Ft. SpongeBob SquarePants) & Slim Anus (Eminem Diss) by Insane Clown Posse
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