Eminem Gets Booked

Looks like Eminem’s mom isn’t the only one in the family bucking for a place on the best-sellers list this year.

The sometimes Marshall Mathers—who’s also staging a musical comeback after a four-year gap—is releasing his memoirs, The Way I Am, tomorrow. The book offers insight into his pistol-whipping, gay-taunting, Britney-mocking rise to fame.

Among the tome’s jaw-dropping tidbits, according to CNN:

  • The April 2006 murder of his friend and fellow rapper Proof—whom he characterizes as the “ghetto pass” who provided him with street cred in Detroit’s black rap scene—devastated him to the point where “It was tough for me to even get out of bed, and I had days when I couldn’t walk, let alone write a rhyme.”
  • That his trademark beach-blond coif was the result of an Ecstasy binge. (“I wasn’t thinking that the peroxide thing was going to be my look. I was just being stupid on drugs.”)
  • That he hopes to leave as much of a social legacy as a musical one. (“Honestly, I’d love to be remembered as one of the best to ever pick up a mic, but if I’m doing my part to lessen some racial tension, I feel good about what I’m doing.”)

Could a Flavor Flav memoir be far behind? There must be a market for a pop-up book in which the former Public Enemy’s face jumps out and screams, “Yeaaahhh, Booyy-eee!”