In an extract from the new memoir, printed in America's Entertainment Weekly magazine, Eminem writes, "When I look back at myself during those years when everything was blowing up, I think maybe at first I was a little... too aggressive and loud. It was like I had this voice and I had to be heard."
"People must have been wondering, "Why is this dude so angry? Is he on crack? Is he on crystal meth?" I go back and see old interviews and even now I wonder, "Why was I so hyper?" And he still regrets stupid things he used to do to let off steam: "I went through a phase back then when I was shooting pistols in the air behind the studio, and, you know, pulling guns out, pointing a pistol in somebody"s face, not even realising that I could've gone to jail for that s**t." Eminem said that he once pointed an unloaded pistol at a fan's face – because he was tired of being hounded every time he left his home.