This is what you see if you search for *If Eminem was a math guy* on the internet.
License undetermined, owner apparently www.teachpi.org

Olivier Fouquet, a number theorist at Orsay, wrote a few weeks ago to point out some rap lyrics I might have wanted to include in Chapter 8. Eminem reveals his own math envy twice on *The Eminem Show *(2002). In *Goodbye to Hollywood*, his complaint

What about math, how come I wasn’t ever good at that?

is not merely rhetorical. Sandwiched as it is between

This is not a game, this fame, in real life this is sick

and

I’m trapped, if I could go back, I never woulda rapped

I sold my soul to the devil I’ll never get it back

the man from Detroit is saying clearly how much he wishes he could be like the authors of this and similar blogs. And for his admirers who haven’t yet put M & M together, there’s this from *The Marshall Mathers LP 2* (2013).

I’d count my blessings, but I suck at math

Back on the *Eminem Show*, *White America* features yet another mathematical line:

Look at my sales

This is, as Fouquet points out, a self-referential indictment of the charisma of the author of the best-selling album of 2002; but it also highlights the contrast between Eminem’s math *envy* and the math *identification* of Sun Pharaoh in *Omnicron* from the Jedi Mind Tricks album with the long title *The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological and Electro-Magnetic Manipulation of Human Consciousness* (1997):

Scientifical madness

Eliminating masses with mathematical tactics

Strategic, electronical, weaponry fucking up your anatomy Insanity, inviting thee

Atomically bombing the fraudulent MC

Escorting he, with battle strategy

Confusion weaponry cause fatality

Intergalactic tactics shine like metallics

With mathematics, I leave your whole clique splattered

This is consistent with the general tenor of Chapter 8 (*The Science of Tricks*) and specifically with the claim that, “there’s no stigma attached to mathematics!” in African-American popular music. But I’ll leave the theorizing to specialists.

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