in a pressure situation. To fail to deliver on expectations when it becomes time to perform, often due to nervousness or lack of experience.
Taken from the lyrics of the song "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
off the "8 Mile
" movie soundtrack. In the movie, the main character Bunny Rabbit, played by Eminem, becomes nervous and chokes in an early rap battle competition. As retold in the lyrics of the song: "...his palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, there's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti."
Joe Z often boasts about his poetic prowess, but when it comes to performing in front of an audience he's always mom's spaghetti.