10 Best Eminem Songs
Undoubtedly, Eminem songs have firmly placed the emcee in the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) status with his venerable career. He's a complete rapper -- a freestyle champion, a gifted storyteller, and a phenomenal stage performer as Wolverine can attest. In honor of the Detroit rapper's 39th birthday, PopCrush offers a list of the 10 Best Eminem Songs. The Slim Shady has over 100 great rap songs, but these tunes below stick out in his discography. Warning: Explicit lyrics.
This is the first time many fans were introduced to the diabolical rapper called Eminem . His raps are misogynistic, sexist and violent, so brace yourself before playing the song. Listen closely, the seeds of his maniacal rhymes are being sown into pop culture.
He explains what it's like being broke and raising a young child in poverty-stricken Detroit on this Eminem song from his debut album 'The Slim Shady LP.' Best Lyrics: "There's people that love me and people that hate me / But it's the evil that made me this backstabbin', deceitful and shady / I want the money, the women, the fortune and fame / If it means I end up burnin' in hell, scorchin' in flames."
One of the most chilling songs on the 'Marshall Mathers LP,' 'Kim' is Eminem's revenge fantasy against his now ex-wife Kimberly Mathers. Eminem's tumultuous relationship with Kimberly was constant fodder for the tabloids, and fans were able to get a glimpse into Em's psychosis of why he recorded such a dastardly song. Warning: Explicit Lyrics.
A standout track from his 2002 album 'The Eminem Show,' 'White America' was his F--- you' response to Congressional hearings attack on him and other rappers on their explicit lyrics in songs. He raps: "All I hear is: lyrics, lyrics, constant controversy, sponsors working / Round the clock to try to stop my concerts early, surely hip-hop was never a problem in Harlem only in Boston / After it bothered the fathers of daughters starting to blossom."
Eminem works at trying to get somber after years of drugs and alcohol abuse. On the song, he recounts his days of drug addiction and depression as he looks for a way out. "I took my bruises, took my lumps / Fell down and I got right back up / But I need that spark to get psyched back up / In order for me to pick the mic back up," he raps.
Nothing is more important in Eminem's life than his daughter Hailie. On the somber piano ballad 'Mockingbird,' Em comforts his daughter Hailie, as well as his adopted daughter Alaina, and tries to explain the unforeseen circumstances with her mother Kimberly. He raps: "We did not plan it to be this way, your mother and me / But things have got so bad between us, I don't see us ever being / Together ever again, like we used to be when we was teenagers / But then of course everything always happens for a reason / I guess it was never meant to be."
The only rapper, aside from Kanye West, who can stand side-by-side with Jay-Z and unintentionally ether him on his own song. The defiant track features Hov admonishing critics who don't listen to his lyrics carefully, while Em attack critics who feel that he's a menace to society.
The breakthrough Eminem song that introduced Slim Shady to pop audiences and shocked the world. The infectious 1999 track earned Eminem's his first Grammy and a legion of followers, as well. "I'm steaming mad / By the way, when you see my dad / Tell him I slit his throat in this dream I had" are just some of the WTF lyrics from the song.
The theme song from Eminem's semi-biopic '8 Mile' garnered him his first Oscar and has become a hometown anthem for the city of Detroit. Considered the 'Rocky' theme song for rappers, you can feel the urgency with lyrics like, "Rap has gotten me to this point, I'm like a snail I've got to formulate a plot / Or end up in jail or shot / Success is my only m-----f---in' option, failure's not."
'Stan' is the best Eminem song, period. Produced by The 45 King and features a Dido sample that fits perfectly with the track, the story line of an obsessed fan who takes his obsession to the extreme is still compelling 10 years after its release. The song showed that Eminem was more than just a shock rapper, but a true lyricist who can be creative with his wordplays.