Who is Eminem talking about? About himself when he was young?

He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out

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The lyric is self-referencing; the character Jimmy Smith Jr. aka B-Rabbit that Eminem plays in the movie 8 Mile.

The line itself specifically refers to an event in the movie, where he takes part in a rap battle, but dries on stage & leaves embarrassed.

Wikipedia says the movie 'contains autobiographical elements', but doesn't make clear which parts are & which are simply movie plot.

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    somega - shameless self-promotion [I don't make any money out of this, it's entirely for fun, so admins please forgive me;) - youtube.com/watch?v=SUFHXDZRo58 - "Imagine if Eminem's Lose Yourself had been done by an old bloke from Yorkshire…"
    – Tetsujin
    May 13, 2022 at 8:05
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    Good work, Tetsujin! It's great. And it's not an easy song. If you could get it to Eminem I swear he'd want to do a collaboration! May 17, 2022 at 10:58

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