"Rock Bottom" as written by Jeff Bass, Mark Bass and Marshall Mathers....
Ayo, this song is dedicated to all the happy people
All the happy people who have real nice lives
And have no idea what it's like to be broke as fuck

I feel like I'm walkin' a tight rope without a circus net
Poppin' Percocet, I'm a nervous wreck
I deserve respect but I work a sweat for this worthless check
I'm about to burst this Tec at somebody to reverse this debt
Minimum wage got my adrenaline caged
Full of venom and rage, especially when I'm engaged
And my daughter's down to her last diaper, it's got my ass hyper
I pray that God answers, maybe I'll ask nicer
Watchin' ballers while they're flossin' in their Pathfinders
These overnight stars becomin' autograph-signers
We all long to blow up and leave the past behind us
Along with the small fries and average half-pinters
But player-haters turnin' bitch like they have vaginas
Cause we see them dollar signs and let the cash blind us
Money'll brainwash you and leave your ass mindless
When snakes slither in the grass spineless

That's rock bottom, when this life makes you mad enough to kill
That's rock bottom, when you want something bad enough to steal
That's rock bottom, when you feel like you've had it up to here
Cause you mad enough to scream but you're sad enough to tear

That's rock bottom, when this life makes you mad enough to kill
That's rock bottom, when you want something bad enough to steal
That's rock bottom, when you feel like you've had it up to here
Cause you mad enough to scream but you're sad enough to tear

My life is full of empty promises and broken dreams
I'm hopin' things look up, but there ain't no job openings
I feel discouraged, hungry and malnourished
Livin' in this house with no furnace, unfurnished
And I'm sick of workin' dead-end jobs with lame pay
And I'm tired of being hired and fired the same day
But fuck it, if you know the rules to the game, play
Cause when we die we know we all goin' the same way
Cause it's cool to be player, but it sucks to be the fan
When all you need is bucks to be the man, plus a luxury sedan
I'm comfortable and roomy in a 6
But they threw me in the mix with all these gloomy lunatics
Who walk around depressed and smoke a pound of cess a day
And yesterday went by so quick it seems like it was just today
My daughter wants to throw the ball but I'm too stressed to play
Live half a life and throw the rest away

That's rock bottom, when this life makes you mad enough to kill
That's rock bottom, when you want something bad enough to steal
That's rock bottom, when you feel like you've had it up to here
Cause you mad enough to scream but you're sad enough to tear

That's rock bottom, when this life makes you mad enough to kill
That's rock bottom, when you want something bad enough to steal
That's rock bottom, when you feel like you've had it up to here
Cause you mad enough to scream but you're sad enough to tear

There's people that love me and people that hate me
But it's the evil that made me this backstabbin', deceitful and shady
I want the money, the women, the fortune and fame
If it means I end up burnin' in hell, scorchin' in flames
If it means I'm stealin' your checkbook and forgin' your name
This lifetime bliss for eternal torture and pain
Cause right now, I feel like just hit the rock bottom
I've got problems, now everybody on my block's got em
I'm screaming like them two cops when 2Pac shot em
Holding 2 Glocks, hope your doors got new locks on em
My daughter's feet ain't got no shoes or socks on em
And them rings you wearin' look like they got a few rocks on em
And while you flaunt em I could be takin' em to shops to pawn em
I got a couple of rings and a brand-new watch, you want em?
Cause I ain't never went gold off one song
I'm runnin' up on someone's lawn with guns drawn

That's rock bottom, when this life makes you mad enough to kill
That's rock bottom, when you want something bad enough to steal
That's rock bottom, when you feel like you've had it up to here
Cause you mad enough to scream but you're sad enough to tear

That's rock bottom, when this life makes you mad enough to kill
That's rock bottom, when you want something bad enough to steal
That's rock bottom, when you feel like you've had it up to here
Cause you mad enough to scream but you're sad enough to tear


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"Rock Bottom" as written by Mark Bass Jeff Bass

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  • +2
    General CommentOne of my favorite song of his. I think he really captures the mindset of poverty-stricken urban life.
    foinlavinon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is truly for anyone who's ever been in shit in their life. One of the best songs in the album, just cause its one of the realest song eminem ever wrote.
    lucid90on May 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a tight song, which come straight from the mind
    one of his greatest songs
    dannyboy_4_lyfeon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree, the meaning is pretty self-explanitory, but this is pretty much from the heart and I love it, I can totally relate with the whole,

    Especially when I'm engaged
    And my daughter's down to her last diaper
    That's got my ass hyper
    I pray that god answers, maybe I'll ask nicer

    I dunno, that line just speaks to me, I can totally relate and although theres a lot of stuff Eminem does that I really don't agree with or like, I can't deny that he does rap from the heart on tracks like this... This is my favorite Eminem song
    osubuckeye4on May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the old skool Eminem that I miss... This and "If I Had" are his most emotional songs. He doesn't make them like this anymore, mainly because he's not poor and anything anymore. The lines that stuck out most to me were part of the chorus actually:
    "That's Rock Bottom...
    When you feel you have had it up to here
    Cause you mad enough to scream but you sad enough to tear"

    Definitely a song from the heart. This is one of his best.
    pbechon June 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song that captures how he felt before he made it big. I'm sure a lot of people can really relate to this. I'm glad that he doesn't do songs like this anymore, though, because that would seem so fake and he'd look like a total poser now that he's so successful.
    The_Decocksteron July 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song comes from the heart, i love it, its really good; wicked good lyrics "I feel like im walkin a tight-rope without a circus net."
    HxChrison August 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of his best songs, i really like it. This is one thing eminem does which no other rappers can do, they r goin on about niggas and thugs in da club smokin weed or whatever and eminem is writing quality songs like this from the heart that hit a note and sells millions, perhapps they could learn something
    the_name_is_andyon August 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe tells shit like it is. gotta give credit to him. he's himself, and he could careless if ppl love him or hate him. and i dig that. his so...genius.
    justakidon August 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits songs like these that proves eminem is the greatest rapper by far, and not just raping about his 24" rims and bling bling chains, he raps about real matter that mean something to him and he really portrays the emotion well through his songs.
    TheSuperGazelleon March 11, 2003   Link

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