Now don’t you just feel old as all hell, now? Slim Shady first burst on to the scene in 1999 with his controversial Slim Shady LP. Then, a misguided 27 year old knew how to push the envelop and shake up the world like no one else did. Now 41, the self proclaimed rap god‘s Marshall Mathers LP 2 hits stores in just over two more weeks, and is sure to shake up the rap world once again. In celebration of Marshall’s 41st, we tracked down 10 songs to which the main attraction was outdone by Shady. We’ve decided to leave “Renegade” out of this one. Too easy.
10) DJ Clue feat. Method Man, Eminem & Royce Da 5’9 “What The Beat” (The Professional 2)
Typically, this one doesn’t come up in conversation much but Em shows up here to prove that uh..he actually isn’t crazy?
“I ain’t crazy, I say s— that’s crazy to crazy people to make them believe I’m crazy so they can relate to me,”
9) Redman & Eminem “Off the Wall” (The Nutty Professor 2 Soundtrack)
You may remember that Em name-dropped Redman as his favorite rapper of all time on his “Til I Collapse” track, but here Em faces off with Reggie Noble and doesn’t go easy.
I’m “What’s Happening,” with no re-run
Like Rob DeNiro when the Heat come
My barrel hang out the Camaro
Aimed at the nose of them hoes, it’s hard to breathe from
8) Obie Trice feat. Eminem “Lady” (Cheers)
Em delivers two menacing verses here that easily put Obie Trice on the back burner, and even sends a nod Ja Rule’s way as this was in the midst of a heated beef between the two camps.
And having another deja vu, we seeing security
Pass my pussy around like it’s Ja Rule’s jewelry
I got news for you bitch, your new curfew’s early
You ain’t home by 2:30, [gunshot], you heard me?
7) Xzibit feat. Eminem “Don’t Approach Me” (Restless)
Long before he was pimpin’ rides, X to the Z had a promising solo career. On this one, he pairs with Em on a lyrical lesson of mannerisms. Shady wins again.
Sometimes I feel like loading thAnnotateis rifle
And climbin’ the roof at night and hidin’ outside to snipe you
It’s not that I don’t like you
It’s just that when I’m not behind the mic
I’m a person who’s just like you
6) Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, and Kanye West “Forever” (More Than a Game Soundtrack)
While all rappers featured brought amazing verses to the table, Em’s dexterous flow was unmatchable to the competition. It made it all the more sweeter, since he didn’t appear on many songs around the time of it’s release.
Pay back mothafucka for the way that you doubted me, how’s it taste
When I slap the taste outta your mouth
With the bass so loud that it shakes the place
5) Obie Trice feat. Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent, & Eminem “We All Die One Day” (Cheers)
With Lloyd banks providing the infectious chorus, all MC’s go off on this Obie Trice offering. This was primetime for the Shady/G-Unit Crew, but Shady showed them all who’s boss.
We are not killers, my vato will have you shot, though
Dragged through the barrio and fucked like Kim Osorio’s
Little sorry ho ass, go ask B-Real
We burn Source covers like fucking Cypress Hill
Did in the 90’s, when you was in diapers still
Shady Records you better believe the hype is real
4) 50 Cent feat. Lloyd Banks & Eminem “Don’t Push Me” (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)
For his second feature on 50’s debut, Marshall gets gritty.
You wanna see Marshall, I’ll show you Marshall
I try to show you art, but you just pick it apart
So I see I have to start, showin’ you fuckin’ old farts
A whole other side I wanted to not show you
So you know you’re not dealing with some fuckin’ marshmallow
Little soft yellow, punk pussy, whose heart’s Jello
3) 50 Cent feat. Eminem “Patiently Waiting” (Get Rich or Die Tryin’)
50’s favorite white boy just doesn’t let up, and let’s us in on the winning formula.
Take some Big and some Pac and you mix em up in a pot
Sprinkle a little Big L on top, what the fuck do you got?
You got the realest and illest killers tied up in a knot
The juggernauts of this rap shit, like it or not
2) Dr. Dre feat. Eminem “Forgot About Dre” (2001)
He may have even penned Dre’s verse, but what Em did on his own was unforgettable. Till this day still serving as an unmistakeable guest spot, and arguably his most popular.
So what do you say to somebody yAnnotateou hate
Or anyone tryna bring trouble your way
Wanna resolve things in a bloodier way
Then just study a tape of N.W.A
1) The Notorious B.I.G feat. Eminem “Dead Wrong” (Born Again)
Shocked much? Yes the Notorious one offered up some gritty bars that raised eyebrows, but that’s Eminem’s profession. And here he stays true to that not missing a beat.
There’s several different levels of Devil worshipping
Horse’s heads, human sacrifices, cannibalism, candles and exorcism
Animals, having sex with them, camels, mammals and rabbits
But I don’t get into that,I kicked the habit, I just
Beat you to death with weapons that eat through the flesh
And I never eat you unless the fucking meat looks fresh
Lyrics never die. Cheers, and a happy 41st to Marshall.