“Stan,” Eminem‘s best song that isn’t on the soundtrack for a movie starring Mekhi Phifer, is about a young man, the titular Stan, who has an unhealthy obsession with Slim Shady. He sends Mr. I’m-Too-Good-to-Call-or-Write-My-Fans letters, dyes his hair blonde, talks about him 24/7, and even drunkenly professes his love for the rapper while “doing 90 on the freeway.”
It does not end well.
On the surface, “Stan” has nothing to do with applying for jobs. But dig a little deeper, like Lewis Kenny did, and you’ll see the similarities. Stan is desperate for Eminem’s approval, and Kenny is desperate for a job, which is why he wrote “Still Trying and Nothing,” a parody inspired by the 2000 hit single.
Dear Employers, I wrote you but still ain’t callin’
I left my address, my email, and my phone number at the bottom
I sent two CVs back in autumn, you must not-a got ’em
There probably was a problem with my Gmail or somethin’
Sometimes I misspell email addresses when I type ’em
But anyways, f*ck it, what’s been up man, are you hiring?
My girlfriend’s pregnant too, I’m bout to be a father
If I have a daughter, guess what I’m a call her?
I’m a name her Jobbie
Kenny even switches perspectives for the final verse, from his own to the “Employer,” who talks about “some dude” who provided so successful at his job that he started his own business and “now he’s on Forbes, Time, and National Geo, too. Come to think about, his name was… it was you.”