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"Kim"
Song by Eminem
from the album The Marshall Mathers LP
ReleasedMay 23, 2000
Recorded1998[1]
Genre
Length6:17
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)F.B.T.

"Kim" is a song by American rapper Eminem that appears on his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP. The song reflects intense anger and hatred toward his then-wife Kim Mathers and features Eminem imitating her voice, and ends with him killing Kim and later putting her in the trunk of his car.

"Kim" was the first song Eminem recorded for the album, shortly after finishing work on The Slim Shady LP in late 1998.[6] He wrote it, along with "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (where Eminem and his daughter go to the lake to dispose of Kim's dead body), when he and Kim were having relationship problems and Kim was preventing him from seeing his daughter Hailie. Despite its controversial graphic content, it is often highlighted as one of Eminem's most memorable songs.

On the clean version of The Marshall Mathers LP, this song is replaced by a clean version of "The Kids" (an unedited version can be found on the CD single of "The Way I Am", the UK and deluxe editions of The Marshall Mathers LP).

Kim (0:30) "Kim" is a murder fantasy where Eminem plays both himself and the voice of his wife Kim. The production samples "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin. Problems playing this file? See media help.

Critical reception

The Rolling Stone album review of The Marshall Mathers LP stated that:

Things degenerate from there into the mountain of bile reserved for Kim, the mother of his baby and the star of the world's most public ongoing murder fantasy [...] 'Kim' has Eminem screaming at his ex in an insane stream-of-consciousness hate spew. There's little humor to blunt the shock of the hellbent animosity of 'Kim.' What makes it powerful is that, of course, he doesn't just hate her. It's the most harrowing sick-love song since Guns N' Roses' 'Used to Love Her.'[7]

While Entertainment Weekly wrote that:

'Kim', a prequel to '97 Bonnie and Clyde' is a shout-rapped enactment of domestic violence so real it chills... 'Stan' and 'Kim' blaze significant new ground for rap.[8]

In 2001, Robert Christgau told Rolling Stone that songs like "Kim" and Ghostface Killah's "Wildflower" employ sexist content in an artful way that offers insight into its pathology, citing them as exceptions to the usual "reflexive and violent sexism" popularized by rap and heavy metal: "[T]he nonsense that 'Kim' advocates the murder of wives who cheat – what an absurdity, and what a disgusting absurdity on the part of people who don't give Eminem credit for being more intelligent than they are, quite frankly."[9]

In 2013 Complex ranked "Kim" at #21 on their list of the 25 most violent rap songs of all time[10] and at #4 on their list of the 35 most depressing rap songs.[11]

References

  1. ^ Angry Blonde: The Official Book. HarperCollins. 21 November 2000. ISBN 9780066209227.
  2. ^ "10 Horrorcore Tracks For Halloween". hotnewhiphop.com.
  3. ^ "Eminem's Wife Attempts Suicide At Couple's Home". MTV.
  4. ^ "Coyo Discusses His Top Six Horrorcore Rap Songs". Houston Press.
  5. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/the-marshall-mathers-lp-203914/. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Hasted, Nick (2003). Hasted, 2011. p. 156. ISBN 9781849384582. Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  7. ^ "The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem Review Rolling Stone". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  8. ^ "The Marshall Mathers LP". Entertainment Weekly. 2000-06-02. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  9. ^ Dansby, Andrew (February 16, 2001). "Critic Christgau Wraps the '90s". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "The 25 Most Violent Rap Songs of All Time21. Eminem "Kim" (2000)". Complex.
  11. ^ "The 35 Most Depressing Rap Songs". Complex.