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Eminem: 25 to Life Meaning

Song Released: 2010

25 to Life Lyrics

Too late for the other side
Caught in a change
25 to life
Too late for the other deny
Caught in a change
25 to life
Too late
I can't keep, chasing em
I'm taking my life back
Caught in a change
25 to life

[Verse 1]

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2011 report

    dont be afraid to explore the truth.he is done with worshiping the dark side.he is getting away from the illuminati.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 31st 2011 report

    he talking about the illuninati & how they have taken up his life... Clearly he sold his soul to the devil but wants to pull free from it all but he cant or he'll be kills. Eg.my lifes dedicated to you, thts why i stayed.

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 27th 2011 report

    Basically this to me, means that he is done giving hip hop everything that he possibly can, hes given up so much in his life for hip hop, and i agree with all of you that he doesnt get the respect that he deserves for putting so much into his music, prime example is before he made Recovery, the Hip Hop Music awards he was never even in the top 25.. that is part of where "25" in the title comes from.. I believe he deserved to be in the top 25 that year, and every year.. I love ems music, and I will be till the day I die.. Its just so classic and noone will ever be able to acomplish what Marshall Mathers has.. Em you always got my vote when it comes to hip hop buddy!!

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  4. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2011 report

    I think that em became so stuck, like in a spiders's web. Because of the fame at a sudden point.And wrote this song cause he became to see it afterwards.So he's rapping ''Go marry someone else and make him famous.'' That was his drive u know? The rage that he got as a kid and the whole kim affaire was like a stimulance and drive for him to accomplish things that he has done now. And suddenly he became famous of it. While in his mind (i guess) he was just expressin himself. This all is mine oppinion thanks.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2011 report

    I tink he talkin about the iluminati.there were he says why i am married 2 u stil man i dnt know.and when he also says go marry sum1 else and make him famous.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 17th 2011 report

    He's talking about Kim, and saying how greatly he treated her and how badly he got treated.. and then switches it around to talking about his music and how his music has always been there for him, to lead to, when his feelings need to be spoken. All the years he wasted on Kim, and turning a part of their relationship, he stopped making music because she controlled him, and he is saying that she will no longer control him. When he says "fuck you hip hop" he's saying it out of anger to Kim, secretly talking about/to her.

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  7. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2011 report

    This song is called '25 to Life' because that's the longest prison sentence you can get (or at least one of the highest). This song is about his struggle with the 'Hip-Hop Game' because he feels he is controlled by Hip-Hop and he's not praised enough for what he does and he's had enough, he also says about going back to Hip-Hop to many times 'But in my sickness, and addiction, your addictive as they get' this is a great reference to Em's Drug addiction as well as his addiction to Hip-Hop. Eminem does a great job in giving different parts to the song different meanings, another example would be 'Jealous of me when I spend time with the girls, why I'm married to you still, Man I don't know, But tonight I'm serving you with papers, I'm divorcing you.' This song is about his struggles with Hip-Hop but also references his life in many ways giving certain lines,phrases,words or even verses 2 or more meanings. Lyrically this is a very under-rated song that many people over-look.

  8. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2011 report

    This is a fairly straight forward song, off first listen, obviously appears as though Eminem is going into his poor relationships (especially Kim) but clearly it becomes about hip-hop.

    Before we abandon all hope, I would like to point out Eminem's songs tend to have multiple meanings, beyond the words that appear to mean something so obvious.

    What I personally think this song is about has to be Eminem's struggle and life being so messed up to the fact his life has been turned upside down, even with all the bad things that had happened, it defined him as a person, and when he became a star, he lost his persona, which devastated him. He in turn started looking for other outlets, and connections to his past that made the most sense. Instead he came close to killing himself. I think this song conflicts both Kim/Mom and Hip-Hop. It really is multi-dimensional, and a commentary about how his relationships have all made him who he is, and will be.

    Thats all I got, I don't know if I'm right but it was worth a shot.

  9. Fabs19
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    May 16th 2011 report

    I always thought this meant about his relationship with hip hop.

  10. anonymous
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    May 1st 2011 report

    He's talking about the illuminati and how he's leaving them. In some of his other songs he refers to the illuminati as "she" and "her

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2011 report

    He's pretty much saying something about an epic rap battle of history.

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2011 report

    My interpretation is pretty much exactly like everyone else's - Em vs. hip-hop - I really have no clue what the title means; can anyone help?!?!?!?!?

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2011 report

    He is talking about both kim and the hip hop business." Why im married to you still man I dont know
    But tonight im serving you with papers
    Im divorcing you
    Go marry someone else and make em famous"

    This part shows that he is talking about kim but there are also other parts that suggest that he is singing about the hip hop business.
    "Fuck you hip hop, I'm leaving you
    My life sentence is served, bitch, and it's just"

  14. Matt Gibson-Wain
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    Apr 13th 2011 report

    Its clearly not about a woman. Illuminati run the hip hop buisness and its about the hip hop buisness. Trying to get away from it and saying "make someone else famous" which they did, but no ones better than eminem so he says he will always have the upper hand because of his tallent and fame.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 2nd 2011 report

    He is saying he have don so many thing for the illuminati, she means illuminati he would have died for then but they have is life away from him but he want it back.

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