If you missed it, check out Part1 (#30-#20) first.
Tickets for Eminem’s solitary show at London’s Wembley Arena go on sale today (9th May), here is the second part of the series; ‘Eminem’s Greatest Songs’, numbers 19-11.
(My theme won’t allow apostrophes in titles, I’m aware of the error)
19. 3am, Relapse (2009)
As the only song from Relapse on this list, 3am was one of the songs I ‘enjoyed’ the most- I quote enjoyed because it’s a song about rape, murder and everything in between. I liked it because it nodded to The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP, his old subject matter where he just didn’t give a fuck and rapped about what he wanted.
18. Cleanin’ Out My Closet, The Eminem Show (2002)
We all know Cleanin’ Out My Closet is about Eminem’s ‘rocky’ relationship with his mother, but it’s the passion, fire and conviction exerted into the song that make it such a integral part of his catalogue. The pure hatred and angst towards his mother are more than conveyed, and what’s more, the listener starts to hate her, it’s that convincing.
17. My Fault, The Slim Shady LP (1999)
My Fault is one of the highlights of The Slim Shady LP, the song tells the story of a young Em at a house party who’s given ‘Susan’ too many magic mushrooms, she trips, trips, and then [presumably] dies. It’s one of the funniest Eminem songs with lyrics like ‘Dave pull up your pants, we need an ambulance’, ‘Leave me alone Dad I’m sick of having my hair pulled’.
16. Kill You, The Marshall Mathers LP (2001)
There’s not a lot I can say about Kill You, it’s another one of those songs you just need to listen to it. The lyrics have the usual range of ridiculousness to the hilarious- ‘oh now he’s raping his mom’, to ‘lady’s screams keep creeping in Shady’s dreams’. It’s typically vulgar as it’s on The Marshall Mathers LP, yet it shows his raw, innate talent for lyricism, as dark as it is.
15. My Name Is, The Slim Shady LP (1999)
My Name Is saw one of Eminem’s first collaborations with Dr Dre, and acted as the make-or-break lead single from his second album. It did fairly well for a debut single, ranking at around 36 in the US, but it charted as high as number 2 here in the UK, it gave birth to the Em x Dre sound that’s made the star what he is, but yeah still, [he] ‘don’t give a fuck, God sent me to piss the world off’.
14. The Way I Am, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
In my opinion one of the best produced Eminem songs, the church bells blended with snares and drums compliment his transition to more emotive and explosive lyricism that was to be heavily features across MMLP.
13. The Real Slim Shady, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Again, yet another song from MMLP, and rightly so. It showcases the notorious Dr Dre that Eminem seems much more comfortable utilising this time round. It’s one of Eminem’s most recognisable hooks as well as the world famous ‘we’re gonna have a problem here’ skit at the beginning.
12. Forever – Drake (ft Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem) Arguably four of THE rappers at the time, each one brought jaw dropping verses- Drake was still a boss, Lil Wayne was continuously laying guest spots like he had an infinite amount of lyrics, Kanye West had a point to prove after going ‘softer’ on 808s & Heartbreak, and Eminem, well he had a more than a reputation to salvage after the disappointment of Relapse. Nothing I can say can give any of their verses justice, you just have to listen to it.
11. Forgot About Dre – Dr Dre (ft Eminem, 2001 (1999)
I love this song so much, I think the beat is one of Dre’s best ever, and easily the best song on 2001, (yes even above The Next Episode). Dre’s opening verse is hard hitting ‘fuck y’all, all of y’all, if you don’t like me blow me’, yet Em brings a third degree to the track, his flow of course reminisces The Slim Shady LP, yet the venom and sinister sarcasm are the sort of thing we would later find on Encore and Relapse.
To read on, click here for Part3 in the series(#10-#1).