If you are anything like me, you spent a considerable share of your school days listening to Eminem, with or without completely understanding the lyrics. We didn’t even understand the true meaning and stories behind the words he spat out at super-sonic speed (Rap God fan, you know what I mean) but we loved his music nonetheless. We tried rapping along with him, failing miserably, but just being able to hum along with the beats and music gave such chills. In the past almost 25 years, Marshal Mathers has given hundreds of amazing tracks but the following are undoubtedly four of his best raps.
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1. Lose Yourself:
Anyone who has ever heard the name Eminem, knows this song, regardless of the fact if they know the movie 8 Mile or not. Eminem knows his way around words and he uses it perfectly to show the struggle of an outsider to fit into a group everybody thought he did not belong to. Almost 15 year old now, this song is still just as popular and loved as ever. Not to mention all the Mom’s spaghetti memes floating the internet.
2. The Real Slim Shady:
Eminem revolutionised the rap scene and there is no doubting that. Rap which was earlier believed to be all about drugs and sex, was given a new definition when Eminem entered the arena. He showed the world that rap can also be fun and silly, case in point, The Real Slim Shady. Using his character/alias of Slim Shady, Eminem criticises the pop music and the musicians of the time. His message was loud and clear – “I don’t give a damn”.
One of the best things about Eminem is the soft interior behind all the hard, swearing exterior. With so many songs for, about, and referencing his daughter Haley and his family life, Eminem let the loving father come out from behind the serious face. The song Mockingbird is an emotional message from a father to his daughter, telling her why things in their lives aren’t as good as he would want them to be, also promising to do whatever it takes to keep his daughter happy.
4. Rap God:
The name says it all. The song did not only win him a Guinness Book of World Record but also reinstated his place among thousands of other rappers. Eminem indeed is the rap god and the song proves it. He works through 1560 words in 6 minutes and 4 seconds, often referencing back to his first album and various conflicts he had with other artists over the years. But one of the most talked about (and least understood) section of the song is when he goes super-sonic, rapping 97 words in 15 seconds. After all, why be a king when you can be a god?
He is already in his 40s but Eminem’s rap game is as strong as ever. Being funny, smart, always saying what he feels like, and not sugar-coating it are few of the most common traits of his music and what we all love and cannot get enough of.