Fifteen years ago, the American public was introduced to Marshall Mathers, Eminem, and Slim Shady, a triptych of manic personalities whose interests included raising hell, making enemies, and sticking nine-inch nails through each one of their eyelids. To commemorate Shady being set loose upon the world, we’ve decided to rank every single song Em has released to date.
But first, allow us to qualify our countdown with a few rules of eligibility: We only included songs that were given an official retail release — that means tracks featured on studio albums, EPs, and compilations, plus guest verses; we didn’t consult mixtapes or unofficial freestyles, so we offer our deepest apologies to “Nail in the Coffin,” “Til Hell Freezes Over,” and other noteworthy rarities. Skits weren’t considered, either (condolences to all the Ken Kaniff and Steve Berman die-hards out there). Obviously, we only considered D12 tracks that featured a verse or hook from Eminem. And, finally, if there were multiple versions of a track, we opted to include the rendition we thought superior, so don’t expect to see the live Grammy performance of “Stan” or The Slim Shady EP’s “Just the Two of Us.” And with that, we begin the Eminem show…
289. “C’mon Let Me Ride”(Skylar Grey feat. Eminem, Don’t Look Down, 2013)
288. “Here Comes the Weekend” (Pink feat. Eminem, The Truth About Love, 2012)
287. “F–k Off” (Kid Rock feat. Eminem, Devil Without a Cause, 1998)
286. “Off to Tijuana” (Hush feat. Eminem, Kuniva, and Swifty McVay, Bulletproof, 2005)
285. “Fack” (Curtain Call: The Hits, 2005)
284. “Desperation” feat. Jamie N Commons (The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [Deluxe Edition], 2013)
283. “It Has Been Said” (The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Diddy, Eminem, and Obie Trice, Duets: The Final Chapter, 2005)
282. “Bitch” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
281. “Echo” (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel [Deluxe Edition], 2011)
280. “Twerk Dat Pop That”(Trick Trick feat. Eminem and Royce da 5’9″, “Twerk Dat Pop That” Single, 2014)
279. “I Need a Doctor” (Dr. Dre feat. Eminem and Skylar Grey, “I Need a Doctor” Single, 2011)
No, this track needs a mercy kill. K.M.
278. “The Reunion” (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
277. “Open Mic” (Infinite, 1996)
276. “Hustlers & Hardcore” (Domingo feat. Eminem, Behind the Doors of the 13th Floor, 1999)
275. “Jealousy Woes II” (Infinite, 1996)
274. “No More to Say” (Trick Trick feat. Proof and Eminem, The People vs., 2005)
273. “Who Want It” (Trick Trick feat. Eminem, The Villain, 2008)
272. “Insane” (Relapse, 2009)
In a 2009 interview promoting his then-just-released Relapse album, Eminem described “Insane” — a stomach-turning, fictional tale of child molestation — as “a prime example of how a rhyme goes bad.” He wasn’t wrong. K.M.
271. “Our House” (Slaughterhouse feat. Eminem and Skylar Grey, welcome to: OUR HOUSE, 2012)
270. “Ass Like That” (Encore, 2004)
269. “Stronger Than I Was” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
268. “Big Weenie” (Encore, 2004)
267. “My 1st Single” (Encore, 2004)
266. “My Life” (50 Cent feat. Eminem and Adam Levine, “My Life” Single, 2012)
265. “Asshole” feat. Skylar Grey (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
264. “Beautiful Pain” feat. Sia (The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [Deluxe Edition], 2013)
263. “Drama Setter” (Tony Yayo feat. Eminem and Obie Trice, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon, 2005)
262. “Chemical Warfare” (The Alchemist feat. Eminem, Chemical Warfare, 2009)
261. “My Ballz” (D12, The Longest Yard [Original Soundtrack], 2005)
260. “Green and Gold” (The Anonymous feat. Eminem, Green and Gold, 1998)
259. “Throw That” (Slaughterhouse feat. Eminem, welcome to: OUR HOUSE, 2012)
258. “Hip Hop” (Bizarre feat. Eminem, Hannicap Circus, 2005)
257.“Baby” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [Deluxe Edition], 2013)
256.“Backstabber” (Infinite, 1996)
255.“Black Cotton” (2Pac feat. Eminem, Kastro, and Young Noble, Loyal to the Game, 2004)
254. “Puke” (Encore, 2004)
253. “Pimp Like Me” (D12 feat. Dina Rae, Devil’s Night, 2001)
252.“Above the Law” (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
251.“Taking My Ball” (Relapse: Refill, 2009)
Things Eminem should avoid doing on future records: opening a track with a line about tucking his teeny weenie between his thighs; using the phrase “poop chute”; and signing off that same track by adopting a little boy’s voice. K.M.
250.“Maxine” (Infinite, 1996)
249.“Asylum” (Slaughterhouse feat. Eminem, welcome to: OUR HOUSE [Deluxe Version], 2012)
248.“A Kiss” (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
247.“Pimplikeness” (Proof feat. D12, Searching for Jerry Garcia, 2005)
246.“The Re-Up” feat. 50 Cent (Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, 2006)
245.“Peep Show” (50 Cent feat. Eminem, Curtis, 2007)
244.“40 Oz.” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
243. “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” (Rihanna feat. Eminem, Loud, 2010)
242. “When I’m Gone” (Curtain Call: The Hits, 2005)
241. “Medicine Ball” (Relapse, 2009)
240. “Space Bound” (Recovery, 2010)
239. “There They Go” (Obie Trice feat. Eminem, Big Herk, and Trick Trick, Second Round’s On Me, 2006)
238. “We Ain’t” (The Game feat. Eminem, The Documentary, 2005)
237. “Buffalo Bill” (Relapse: Refill, 2009)
236. “Evil Twin” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
235. “Where I’m At” (Lloyd Banks feat. Eminem, H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger For More 2) [Deluxe Version], 2010)
234.“Almost Famous” (Recovery, 2010)
There’s probably a reason you haven’t heard this Recovery cut in years, and it might very well be because this one kicks off with a Ben Roethlisberger rape joke, or maybe because Eminem brags about his “giant scrotum.” B.C.
233. “Leave Dat Boy Alone” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
232. “We’re Back” feat. Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Cashis, and Bobby Creekwater (Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, 2006)
231. “American Psycho II” (D12 feat. B-Real, D12 World, 2004)
230. “Rain Man” (Encore, 2004)
229. “Throw It Up” (Yelawolf feat. Eminem and Gangsta Boo, Radioactive, 2011)
228. “Searchin'” (Infinite, 1996)
227. “Untitled” [a.k.a. “Here We Go”] (Recovery, 2010)
226. “Drop the Bomb On ‘Em” (Relapse: Refill, 2009)
225. “Brainless” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
224. “Touchdown” (T.I. feat. Eminem, T.I. vs. T.I.P., 2007)
223. “Get Back” (Tony Touch feat. D12, The Piece Maker, 2000)
222. “911” (Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. feat. Eminem and B-Real, West Koasta Nostra, 2003)
221. “Take From Me” (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
220. “It’s OK” (Infinite, 1996)
219. “Guts Over Fear” feat. Sia (Shady XV, 2014)
218. “Symphony in H” (Tony Touch feat. Eminem, The Piece Maker: Return of the 50 MC’s, 2013)
217. “Lighters” feat. Bruno Mars (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
216. “6 in the Morning” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
215. “Love the Way You Lie” feat. Rihanna (Recovery, 2010)
Having Rihanna sing Skylar Grey’s chorus about a masochistic lover in a doomed romance just a year after her own highly publicized domestic abuse trauma was both devilishly exploitive and maybe a little visionary, but either way, Em’s love raps here are shockingly drab, and Alex da Kid’s soupy arrangement sounds like a coffee shop’s hip-hop open mic night committed to tape. C.J.
214. “Psycho” (50 Cent feat. Eminem, Before I Self Destruct, 2009)
213. “Bagpipes From Baghdad” (Relapse, 2009)
212.“313” (Infinite, 1996)
211. “So Much Better” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
210. “You’re Never Over” (Recovery, 2010)
209. “Git Up” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
208. “Crazy in Love” (Encore, 2004)
207. “Never 2 Far” (Infinite, 1996)
206. “Headlights” feat. Nate Ruess (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
205. “Revelation” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
204. “Public Enemy #1″ (Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, 2006)
203. “Pistol Poppin'” (Cashis feat. Eminem, The County Hound EP, 2007)
202. “My Band” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
201. “Love You More” (Encore [Deluxe Edition], 2004)
200. “Hell Breaks Loose” feat. Dr. Dre (Relapse: Refill, 2009)
199. “Won’t Back Down” feat. Pink (Recovery, 2010)
198. “Hands on You” (Obie Trice feat. Eminem, Cheers, 2003)
197. “Must Be the Ganja” (Relapse, 2009)
196.“Session One” feat. Slaughterhouse (Recovery [Deluxe Edition], 2010)
195. “Groundhog Day” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [Deluxe Edition], 2013)
194. “25 to Life” (Recovery, 2010)
193. “Survival” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
192. “Music Box” (Relapse: Refill, 2009)
191. “Cum on Everybody” (The Slim Shady LP, 1999)
190. “Drop the World” (Lil Wayne feat. Eminem, Rebirth, 2009)
189.“Going Through Changes” (Recovery, 2010)
188. “Wicked Ways” feat. X Ambassadors (The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [Deluxe Edition], 2013)
187. “Richard” (Obie Trice feat. Eminem, Bottom’s Up, 2012)
Obie Trice’s Shady Records situation wrapped up after just two albums but Em still showed up for this deep cut from Trice’s indie album, Bottoms Up, skittering in like a detuned radio station and delivering a scene-stealing guest spot that strikes the expected balance of indecent trash talk and breathtaking wordplay. C.J.
186. “Welcome 2 Detroit” (Trick Trick feat. Eminem, The People vs., 2005)
185. “Jimmy Crack Corn” feat. 50 Cent (Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, 2006)
184. “Ricky Ticky Toc” (Encore [Deluxe Edition], 2004)
183. “S–t Hits the Fan” (Obie Trice feat. Dr. Dre and Eminem, Cheers, 2003)
182. “These Drugs” (D12, Devil’s Night [Deluxe Edition], 2001)
181. “Watch Deez” (Thirstin Howl III feat. Eminem, Skilligan’s Island, 2002)
180. “Not Afraid” (Recovery, 2010)
The production is bombastic — the layered vocals on the chorus are the definition of overdramatic — but this blockbuster comeback single does its job. Em summons a new kind of strength on his “phoenix from the ashes” narrative. How can you argue with a line like, “It was my decision to get clean / I did it for me”? You can’t. Don’t even try. BRENNAN CARLEY
179. “Get You Mad” (The Slim Shady LP [Limited Edition Bonus Disc], 2003)
178. “One Day at a Time (Em’s Version)” (2Pac with Eminem feat. Outlawz, Tupac: Resurrection [Original Soundtrack], 2003)
177. “Tonite” (Infinite, 1996)
176. “Ridaz” (Recovery [Deluxe Edition], 2010)
175. “Old Time’s Sake” feat. Dr. Dre (Relapse, 2009)
174. “Don’t Push Me” (50 Cent feat. Eminem and Lloyd Banks, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 2003)
173. “No Love” feat. Lil Wayne (Recovery, 2010)
172. “We Made You” (Relapse, 2009)
171. “Smack That” (Akon feat. Eminem, Konvicted, 2006)
170. “What If I Was White” (Sticky Fingaz feat. Eminem, Blacktrash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones, 2001)
169. “My Darling” (Relapse [Deluxe Edition], 2009)
168. “Doe Rae Me” (Straight From the Lab, 2003)
167. “Serious (Remix)” (Proof feat. Eminem, Swift McVay, and Promatic, “One, Two” Single, 2002)
166. “Trife Thieves” (Bizarre feat. Eminem and Fuzz Scoota, Attack of the Weirdos EP, 1998)
165. “Freestyle” (DJ Kayslay feat. Eminem, The Streetsweeper Vol. 1, 2003)
164.“Welcome 2 Hell”(Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
163. “Airplanes, Pt. II” (B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams and Eminem, B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, 2010)
162. “Numb” (Rihanna feat. Eminem, Unapologetic, 2012)
161. “How Come” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
D12’s 2004 single “How Come” is easily one of the heaviest cuts in the group’s canon, as Em, Proof, and Kon Artis deliver verses about friendships in disrepair that appear to be about each other. Em smells resentment as fame pulls him away from a close friendship with Proof, and Proof details the rigors of being thrust into the spotlight alongside him, while Kon Artis delivers a too-personal “I told you so” to Em about shacking up with a no-good girlfriend one imagines is Kim. C.J.
160. “Rap Game” (D12 feat. 50 Cent, Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture 8 Mile, 2002)
159. “Just Lose It” (Encore, 2004)
158. “We As Americans”(Encore [Deluxe Edition], 2004)
157. “Shake That” feat. Nate Dogg (Curtain Call: The Hits, 2005)
156. “We Shine” (Da Ruckus feat. Eminem, Da Ruckus, Episode 1, 1998)
155. “Blow My Buzz” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
154. “On Fire” (Recovery, 2010)
153. “Hailie’s Song”(The Eminem Show, 2002)
152. “Love Game”feat. Kendrick Lamar (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
151. “Living Proof” (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel [Deluxe Edition], 2011)
150. “Ain’t Nuttin’ But Music” (D12 feat. Dr. Dre, Devil’s Night, 2001)
149. “My Mom” (Relapse, 2009)
148. “Devil’s Night” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
147. “Go to Sleep” (Eminem, Obie Trice, and DMX, Cradle 2 the Grave [Original Soundtrack], 2003)
146. “Cold Wind Blows” (Recovery, 2010)
145. “S–t Can Happen” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
144. “One Shot 2 Shot” feat. D12 (Encore, 2004)
143. “That’s All She Wrote” (T.I. feat. Eminem, No Mercy, 2010)
142. “Mosh” (Encore, 2004)
141. “Hello” (Relapse, 2009)
140. “Loud Noises” feat. Slaughterhouse (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
139. “Writer’s Block” (Royce da 5’9″ feat. Eminem, Success Is Certain, 2011)
138. “W.T.P.” (Recovery, 2010)
137. “My Dad’s Gone Crazy” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
136. “Careful What You Wish For” (Relapse [Deluxe Edition], 2009)
135. “Berzerk” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
The debut single from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is a love letter to the rap music of Eminem’s formative years, and it taps Def Jam founder/beatsmith emeritus Rick Rubin for a crunchy rap-rock flip of Billy Squier’s “The Stroke” as Em channels his inner Beastie Boy. C.J.
134. “Wanksta (Eminem’s Version)” (The Singles, 2003)
133. “American Psycho” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
132. “No Apologies” (Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, 2006)
131. “Low Down, Dirty” (The Slim Shady EP, 1997)
130. “So Bad”(Recovery, 2010)
129. “Same Song & Dance” (Relapse, 2009)
128. “Drips” feat. Obie Trice (The Eminem Show, 2002)
127. “Desperados” (DJ Butter feat. Eminem, Bugz, Proof, Tha Almighty Dreadnaughtz, Kill the DJ, 2000)
126. “Soldier Like Me” (2Pac feat. Eminem, Loyal to the Game, 2004)
125. “Talkin’ 2 Myself” feat. Kobe (Recovery, 2010)
124. “Pistol Pistol” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
123. “Lean Back (Remix)” (Fat Joe feat. Eminem, Ma$e, Lil Jon, and Remy Ma, All or Nothing, 2005)
122. “S–t On You” (D12, Devil’s Night [Deluxe Edition], 2001)
121. “Spend Some Time” feat. Obie Trice, Stat Quo, and 50 Cent (Encore, 2004)
120. “Warrior, Pt. 2″ (Lloyd Banks feat. Eminem, 50 Cent, and Nate Dogg, The Hunger for More, 2004)
119. “When the Music Stops”feat. D12 (The Eminem Show, 2002)
118. “Slow Your Roll” (D12, D12 World [Special Edition], 2004)
117. “Evil Deeds” (Encore, 2004)
116. “3hree6ix5ive” (Old World Disorder feat. Eminem, Restaurant: … It Ain’t Always on the Menu [Original Soundtrack], 2000)
115. “Mockingbird” (Encore, 2004)
114. “I Remember (Dedication to Whitey Ford) (Street Version)” (D12, “S–t On You” Single, 2001)
113. “The Monster” feat. Rihanna (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
Here, Eminem’s tried-and-true tactic of drafting a pop star to belt out a hook pays off in spades. When this MMLP2 juggernaut crashes into its chorus, Rihanna’s dulcet yodel makes an otherwise overcooked track feel lively. And for his part, Em’s delivery maintains a confrontational edge but never becomes overbearing — this one was built to conquer the charts, after all. K.M.
112. “Words Are Weapons” (D12, Devil’s Night [Deluxe Edition], 2001)
111. “Monkey See, Monkey Do” (Straight From the Lab, 2003)
110. “Bad Guys Always Die” (Dr. Dre & Eminem, Wild Wild West [Original Soundtrack], 1999)
109. “5 Star Generals” (Shabaam Sahdeeq feat. Eminem, Skam, A.L., and Kwest, “Sound Clash” Single, 1998)
108.“I’m Gone” (DJ Kayslay feat. Eminem and Obie Trice, The Streetsweeper Vol. 2: The Pain From the Game, 2004)
107. “Bully” (Straight From the Lab, 2003)
106. “Get My Gun” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
105. “Never Enough” feat. 50 Cent and Nate Dogg (Encore, 2004)
104. “I’m On Everything” feat. Mike Epps (Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
103. “Outro” (Obie Trice feat. D12, Cheers, 2003)
102. “What the Beat” (DJ Clue? feat. Eminem, Method Man, and Royce da 5’9″, The Professional 2, 2001)
101. “Legacy” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
100. “Superman” feat. Dina Rae (The Eminem Show, 2002)
“Superman” may be the most plainly misogynistic track in Eminem’s oeuvre — no small feat. Controversially, though, the Eminem Show creeper (which features an assist from singer Dina Rae) also ranks as his most successful sleaze-jam. K.M.
99. “Rock City” (Royce da 5’9″ feat. Eminem, Rock City [Version 2.0], 2002)
Recorded as mounting tensions between Royce da 5’9″ and D12 boiled over into an all-out feud, “Rock City” almost didn’t happen. G-Unit associate Red Spyda serves up a sinister Dre approximation as Royce carries the weight, denied a verse from Em, who instead picked up work with D12 after Royce gave up his hypeman spot mid-tour to go solo. C.J.
98. “Calm Down” (Busta Rhymes feat. Eminem, “Calm Down” Single, 2014)
The latest single from Busta Rhymes’ forthcoming E.L.E. 2 album is a friendly joust between two lyrical titans that took weeks to record. Every time one heard the other’s verse he’d go back and revise his own, the end result ballooning out to six brain-bending minutes of abject warfare. If there’s a winner to call, it’s the listener. C.J.
97. “Stir Crazy” (The Madd Rapper feat. Eminem, Tell ‘Em Why U Madd, 2000)
“I’m crazy with this razor / With this razor I’m crazy,” Eminem shouts on this 2000 stunner, in a prime example of lyrical chiasmus. “Crazy” is one of Em’s more dated verses, but it’s an early look at his long-lasting vitality. (Plus that Kanye production is the good stuff). B.C.
96. “The Conspiracy (Freestyle)” feat. 50 Cent (Straight From the Lab, 2003)
Eminem’s feud with Raymond “Benzino” Scott — rapper, record exec, Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta star, and one-time owner of The Source — spawned several diss tracks on both sides, including Em’s “The Conspiracy,” a syllable-drunk (and sometimes nonsensical) freestyle powered by DJ Green Lantern’s pogoing production. Off the cuff, Mr. Mathers dismisses the idea that his career is on a comedown and wobbles a line to The Source’s dwindling page-count, 50 Cent’s success, George W. Bush’s foreign policy, and back to his own dominance over hip-hop, all in just under three minutes. K.M.
95. “Bad Guy” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
“Bad Guy” picks up where its predecessor, “Stan,” left off: with the brother of the suicidal Eminem fanatic lamenting his loss as he plots a revenge hit on the man he blames for his family’s tailspin. But in the closing moments of the song, we come to see Matthew Mitchell as more than just a disgruntled murderer. He’s reckoning for a career whose brick and mortar is insult and antagonism. C.J.
94. “Can-I-Bitch” (Straight From the Lab, 2003)
Another product of yet another feud — this one with Jamaican-born battle-rap warrior Canibus — “Can-I-Bitch” isn’t the most cleverly titled of Eminem’s attack tracks, or the best-produced, but it is among his densest and most playful, a foul-mouthed yarn that would smite anyone on the schoolyard. K.M.
93.“Keep Talkin” (D12, D12 World, 2004)
The greatest strength of “Keep Talkin” — the closing track from D12’s most recent studio album, 2004’s (!) D12 World — is its construction. Eminem hangs back, electing to talk s–t on a competent (if slightly forgettable) hook that serves as the song’s throughline, clearing space for his bandmates, who spit bullets over a tight, wrist-snapping loop. K.M.
92. “Amityville” (The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000)
This Marshall Mathers LP deep cut finds Eminem and Bizarre trading horrorcore shlock until verse three opens up the titular conceit, that their native Detroit is every bit as harsh and dangerous as the haunted house that inspired the supernatural horror classic of the same name. C.J.
91. “Hellbound”(Masta Ace feat. Eminem and J-Black, Game Over, 2000)
Wherein Eminem cops to some left-of-center dietary choices (“I ain’t no f–king G / I’m a cannibal”), rattles off a few of his vices (“Coke and acid / Black magic / Cloaks and daggers”), and figures, f–k it, he’s going to hell anyway. This one also gets extra points for sampling the soundtrack to another classic artifact from the Y2K era: the Sega Dreamcast’s SoulCalibur. K.M.
90. “Bump Heads” feat. 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks (Straight From the Lab, 2003)
Want to remember what it was like to be alive in 2003? Well, nothing does the job quite like a diss track directed at Ja Rule. The rubbery beat serves as the perfect catalyst for Shady’s relentless stream of lobs at Ja, like, “Got undercover cops that’ll legally pop you.” Don’t cross Em unless you come correct. B.C.
89. “Girls (Limp Bizkit Diss)” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
Tucked away as a hidden track on D12’s debut album, “Girls (Limp Bizkit)” takes aim at — who else? — Limp Bizkit, specifically for appearing to buddy-up with another target of Eminem’s, Everlast. “Now I gotta go grab my s–tlist and add some new enemies,” Em raps, quietly seething over a lullaby-like arrangement. Fred Durst and his boyz never stood a chance. K.M.
88. “Lady” (Obie Trice feat. Eminem, Cheers, 2003)
Eminem’s first verse on this track — a thumping, handclap-break-heavy highlight from Obie Trice’s debut album — begins, “I’m internationally known, baby / But, actually, there are few people who know how I am naturally.” That’s likely still true to this day, but at the very least, “Lady” gives listeners a peek at Marshall Mathers the man — a public figure who longs for privacy but relishes the limelight, a guy who’s prone to jealousy and lashing out, and who shrugs while he raps, “I guess it’s do unto others as you’d have ‘em do unto you.” K.M.
87. “Forever” (Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem, Relapse: Refill, 2009)
Posse cuts with the biggest names in the game are very hit or miss. You can get a bunch of big egos trying to out-rhyme each other for purely selfish reasons, or you can get “Forever,” in which Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Kanye push each other to be better. “They’ve been waiting patiently for Pinocchio to poke his nose / Back into the game,” Em raps with the confidence of a man ten years his junior. “Forever” was his “I can still ball with the young pups” moment, and it worked. B.C.
86. “Don’t Front”feat. Buckshot (The Marshall Mathers LP 2 [Call of Duty: Ghosts Bonus], 2013)
If you managed to cop last year’s MMLP2 / Call of Duty: Ghosts tie-in bundle you were blessed with a real treat. Bonus cut “Don’t Front” finds Marshall flashing his underground cred on a gritty boom-bap production sampling “I Got Cha Opin” by ’90s hip-hop legends Black Moon and featuring group leader Buckshot on the chorus. C.J.
85. “My Fault” (The Slim Shady LP, 1999)
The Slim Shady LP’s chronicle of Em’s dealings with “Susan, an ex-heroin addict who just stopped using” devolves into madness quick: He gives her a dose of shrooms to take her mind off opiate cravings, she loses it, and the both of them spend the remainder of their night trying (and ultimately failing) to stop her from harming herself. C.J.
84. “No One’s Iller” feat. Swifty McVay, Bizarre, and Fuzz (The Slim Shady EP, 1997)
Years before Kanye West sampled Hank Crawford’s “Wildflower” (which is itself a cover of a song originally by the Canadian band Skylark) for his Late Registration stunner “Drive Slow,” Eminem made the 1973 track an accomplice to this laid-back, blood-soaked bit of braggadocio. K.M.
83. “Love Me” feat. 50 Cent and Obie Trice (Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture 8 Mile, 2002)
By the time this foggy bruiser appeared, Eminem had already built out his empire: millions of records sold, a starring role in his own near-biopic, an armful of Grammys, and, soon, an Academy Award. Here’s how untouchable Em was at the time — “Love Me” isn’t even the second or third best song on the 8 Mile soundtrack, and it’s still gripping. Hell, he doesn’t even have the strongest verse; that title belongs to 50 Cent, who casually skewers R. Kelly, Lil Kim, Lauryn Hill, and D’Angelo in the track’s closing moments. But even though we open with Obie Trice and close with 50, Eminem’s at the center, flanked by two of his finest lieutenants. K.M.
82. “Underground” (Relapse, 2009)
Eminem dove deep into horrorcore camp for his comeback album, 2009’s unjustly maligned Relapse. When he isn’t urging us all to crack a bottle, he’s recounting brutal narratives filled with child abuse, cannibalism, and premeditated murder. But on “Underground,” the LP’s closing track, the violence morphs into pulpy fan-fiction as Em arms himself with a stutter-strobe beat and faces down Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Hannibal Lecter. In this case — the last gasp of Eminem’s bleakest record — the lower the stakes, the better. K.M.
81. “So Far…” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
MMLP2 album cut “So Far…” loops up sometime-Eagle-guitarist Joe Walsh’s bluesy late ’70s hit “Life’s Been Good” while Marshall strings together a series of humorous observations about life as a fortysomething, a father, and a recovering addict. It’s charming, adult, and honest in a lot of places where MMLP2 prefers to escapist and juvenile. C.J.
80. “Fight Music” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
Eminem is famously evasive about the negative behavior his music is assumed — by his detractors — to inspire, and this denial is both the spark for much of his greatest work and one of his biggest foibles. D12’s single “Fight Music” sits weirdly in his discography as a moment where he owns it and proceeds to try and incite a riot. C.J.
79. “Stay Wide Awake” (Relapse, 2009)
Em lets his serial-killer persona — and its questionable accent — loose on this unsettling Relapse standout, stalking and attacking his victims, proudly comparing himself to Ted Bundy, and warning over an eerie, throttled track: Stay wide awake, or else. K.M.
78. “Cinderella Man” (Recovery, 2010)
Recovery deep cut “Cinderella Man” imagines Em as the comeback kid in Russell Crowe’s 2005 boxing drama of the same name while offering a curt reappraisal of Relapse (“F–k my last CD, that s–t’s in the trash”) and a promise to never fail his fans again. C.J.
77. “Nuttin’ To Do” (Bad Meets Evil, “Nuttin’ To Do” Single, 1999)
It wasn’t the first song Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ recorded together, but “Nuttin’ To Do” was their first single as Bad Meets Evil, and as such, it’s a slow-drip distillation of the duo’s impeccable chemistry and a promising sign of more good — or, uh, evil — things to come. K.M.
76. “Elevator” (Relapse: Refill, 2009)
This Relapse hold-over — bundled into that album’s bonus-filled Relapse: Refill re-release — possesses a true rarity: a half-sung Eminem hook that works. And the chorus, in which Marshall remembers how his younger self used to laugh at the idea that he’d ever go platinum, is a reminder of just how unlikely Em’s success must’ve seemed pre-Slim Shady. It’s actually kind of endearing. K.M.
75. “We All Die One Day” (Obie Trice feat. Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo, Cheers, 2003)
Mariah diss? Check. Leg-humping joke? That too. Threatening to stab someone? Yeah, “We All Die One Day” has those and more, including a “deez nutz” reference. And we’ll take Eminem rapping a few bars in Spanish any day, if only because it’s so fascinatingly off-kilter. B.C.
74. “The Anthem” (Sway & King Tech feat. RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL, and KRS-One, This or That, 1999)
For the most part, Eminem has evened himself out on the whole “rape rap” persona he adopted in his early days, but his verse on Sway and Tech’s “The Anthem” doesn’t reflect that maturation. Having said that, Marshall sounds young and hungrier than any of his collaborators on this track, and the video is prime-cornball Em. B.C.
73. “Yellow Brick Road” (Encore, 2004)
For much of Encore, Eminem appears to have run out of things to say — see “Puke” (No. 254) and “Big Weenie” (268) for quick proof. But now, the reflective moments on Em’s fifth LP stand as some of his most level-headed, self-aware, and mature material to date, like “Yellow Brick Road,” a pre-origin story that doubles as an apology for a racist rap (“Foolish Pride”) he recorded in his early days, which surfaced years later, thanks to Benzino and The Source’s then-CEO, David Mays. “I’ve heard people say they heard the tape and it ain’t that bad / But it was / I singled out a whole race and for that I apologize,” he admits on “Yellow Brick Road,” with startling sincerity. K.M.
72. “My Name” (Xzibit feat. Eminem and Nate Dogg, Man vs. Machine, 2002)
Back when Eminem was regularly trading insults with Canibus and Dr. Dre was busy feuding with Jermaine Dupri (remember that non-conflict?), Xzibit chose to go on record supporting his comrades with “My Name,” a muscular cut from his Man vs. Machine LP that features an assist from Nate Dogg and a pair of guest verses from Em, who can’t help but spread the wrath. He lobs insults at both Canibus and Dupri, then closes the track by invoking none other than Nas. K.M.
71. “Say Goodbye Hollywood” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
This Eminem Show favorite was one of the first tracks — if not the first — that cast a spotlight on a truly overwhelmed Marshall Mathers. Up to his eyeballs in personal and legal drama after getting hit with a concealed weapons charge, Em’s not spitting venom at overzealous fans or wishing he could take a chainsaw to journalists here; instead, he’s genuinely worried about the pressure he’s under and realizes that, maybe for the first time in his life, he’s got something to lose. Eminem would contemplate walking away from fame and the rap game on subsequent records, but this song marked a shift, when he started to seriously ponder saying goodbye. K.M.
70. “Seduction” (Recovery, 2010)
At first pass, “Seduction” scans as a boast about coldly stealing another guy’s girlfriend, but a more careful read reveals a clever metaphor for Em’s return to hip-hop dominance in the spirit of Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” C.J.
69. “Welcome to D-Block” (Jadakiss feat. The LOX and Eminem, Kiss of Death, 2004)
One of the highlights of Jadakiss’ sophomore album Kiss of Death, “Welcome to D-Block” reunited Kiss with his LOX compatriots and teamed the group up with Eminem, who swoops in on verse two shouting out Kiss’ native Yonkers, cracking Diddy marathon jokes, and plugging G-Unit sneakers. C.J.
68. “3 a.m.” (Relapse, 2009)
There are some clunky rhymes on “3 a.m.” (“coroner” and “corner” couldn’t have been the best Eminem’s got), but Em’s subtle inflections and timing keep the song on track. Sometimes its darkness threatens to eclipse its lighter moments, but Dr. Dre’s production and Marshall’s third-act Silence of the Lambs shoutout keep this one grounded. B.C.
67. “Off the Wall” (Eminem and Redman, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps [Original Soundtrack], 2000)
By far the best thing to ever come of Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. K.M.
66. “Roman’s Revenge”(Nicki Minaj feat. Eminem, Pink Friday, 2010)
“Roman’s Revenge” is probably best known as Nicki’s second round K.O. against Lil Kim, but couching the savage joy of the assault are two workmanlike verses from Em, who leaves Kim alone to razz his favorite subset: haters. Fun fact: An early version of the song featured a chorus that quoted West Side Story’s “I Feel Pretty” instead of Busta Rhymes’ “Scenario” verse. C.J.
65. “Square Dance” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
A kinda-clumsy crowd-pleaser, “Square Dance” throws jabs at Dubya (“Yeah, the man’s back / With a plan to ambush this Bush administration”), packs in a quick Canibus brush-off (“Can-I-Bitch don’t want no beef with Slim / Nooooo”), and still finds room for a string of tightly coiled rhymes, just for the sake of doing so (“Psychotic, hypnotic product / I got it / The antibiotic / Ain’t nobody hotter / And so on / And yadda, yadda”). So, yeah, we’re willing to look past the over-the-top, down-South affectation Em adopts for the chorus (“Don’t be scurrred / Cuz thur ain’t nuttin’ to wurry ’bout”). K.M.
64. “You Don’t Know” feat. 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Cashis (Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, 2006)
It’s almost depressing to hear 50 Cent and Eminem at the top of their lyrical game on “You Don’t Know,” because if anything, it just reminds you that time eventually gets the better of us all. Get past that though, because Eminem goes in pretty hard here. “It’s no pretend s–t, it’s friendship,” he sneers, adding the final nail in every other rapper’s coffin: “Me nemesis is su nemesis.” B.C.
63. “Gatman & Robbin'” (50 Cent feat. Eminem, The Massacre, 2005)
Eminem and 50 Cent have terrific chemistry even when they’re not really trying, as you can tell from The Massacre’s “Gatman and Robbin’,” which finds our diabolical duo hurling a volley of violent threats over superhero theme music. Steer clear of the video unless the sight of 50 mugging in a cartoon Gatmobile is your idea of a good time. C.J.
62. “Beautiful” (Relapse, 2009)
Near the end of Relapse, Eminem drops the psycho killer shtick and instead opens himself up for “Beautiful,” a six-minute self-analysis — and slow-burn power ballad, fueled by a sample of 1996’s “Reaching Out” by the one-off supergroup Rock Therapy — that casts his life-changing success in a dim light, one that longs to escape the shadow of Slim Shady. K.M.
61. “Rush Ya Clique” (Outsidaz feat. Eminem, Night Life, 2000)
Eminem’s affiliation with the Newark, New Jersey’s Outsidaz crew sadly yielded more shoutouts than collaborations before it combusted, but “Rush Ya Clique” — off of the Outz debut EP, Night Life — proved the union of Em, Pacewon, Young Zee, and company was a formidable one. The Lauryn Hill potshot at the end of Em’s verse is business as usual for him but weird for them, since Hill’s Fugees gave the Outsidaz face time on The Score’s “Cowboys” a few years earlier. C.J.
60. “Rabbit Run” (Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture 8 Mile, 2002)
This is vitriolic Em at his finest: looking inward, taking stock of his choices, and unleashing his anger in cleverly controlled bursts. The bravado and urgency are both there (“You gon feel my rush / If you don’t feel it then it must too real to touch”), but it’s both fiery and measured for a change. B.C.
59. “Without Me” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
This is how you kick off the lead single for your third major album: Obie Trice fake-out, “Buffalo Gals” faux-sing-along, and Shady-as-Batman theme song, all within the first 30 seconds. Hard to live up to for another four minutes of run time, but “Without Me” mostly does, featuring some of Em’s most memorable and verbally dextrous hook-spinning (“So the FCC won’t let me be / Or let me be me…”) and myth-making (“I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley…”). By song’s end, it’s understandable that Slim’s too tired to do anything but yelp “Kids!” and let the beat rock for another half-minute. ANDREW UNTERBERGER
58. “The Last Hit” (The High & Mighty feat. Eminem, Home Field Advantage, 1999)
For their 1999 debut album, Philadelphia duo the High & Mighty (a.k.a. Mr. Eon and DJ Might Mi) tapped a young, hungry, and punny MC from Detroit to supply a handful of guest verses. If they were hoping to fill “The Last Hit” with bars about dropping acid, spraying bullets, snatching mics, and disposing of bodies, well, the kid didn’t disappoint. K.M.
57. “Busa Rhyme” (Missy Elliott feat. Eminem, Da Real World, 1999)
“Busa Rhyme,” off of Missy Elliott’s sophomore album, Da Real World,is an oddity on account of its marquee star getting one verse to her guest’s three, but it’s also notable as one of only two existing Eminem-and-Timbaland collaborations. It’s a shame they didn’t work together together more; Em’s elastic flow and Tim’s pinball machine production are a heavenly match. C.J.
56.“Murder, Murder” (The Slim Shady EP, 1997)
This dark, 2Pac-sampling gem from The Slim Shady EP proves that the violence in Eminem’s world doesn’t always have to be cartoonish, gory, or fueled by rage. Sometimes the blood spills because of simple, lonely desperation. K.M.
55. “Infinite”(Infinite, 1996)
The title track from Eminem’s little-heard debut album, 1996’s “Infinite” is a minor record, but if you listen closely, there are hints of the career that would follow. Em hadn’t yet developed his signature flow, but a few key elements are already there: the fascination with hell, the impressive internal rhyme schemes, the references to murder and venereal diseases. And then there’s that titular promise: “I’m infinite.” At the time, it must’ve sounded like requisite hip-hop bravado; but now, nearly 20 years later, it sounds like a self-evident truth coming from someone who knows he’s destined to become an all-time great. He’s just waiting for everyone else to catch up. K.M.
54. “I’m Shady” (The Slim Shady LP, 1999)
The quasi-title track for The Slim Shady LP, “I’m Shady” might be the friendliest appearance that Eminem’s homicidal-prankster alter ego has ever made on a record. That said, he’s still writing his biggest fan a f–k-you letter, shooting up the playground, cracking AIDS jokes, and dealing drugs. But for the record, Shady does do pills, doesn’t take speed, doesn’t do crack, doesn’t do coke, he does smoke weed, doesn’t do smack, he does do shrooms, does drink beer, and let’s make one thing clear: At this stage of his output, even Em’s deep cuts are classics. K.M.
53. “Rhyme or Reason” (The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013)
Even the most pleasant track to sneak onto MMLP2 has its dark patches. Eminem continues to carry hateful resentment for his absentee father on “Rhyme or Reason,” and devotes himself to nihilism — “There’s no rhyme or reason for nothing,” goes the chorus — but he tempers the song’s thorniness by feeding on an expertly deployed Zombies sample. K.M.
52. “Under the Influence” feat. D12 (The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000)
D12’s first appearance on an Eminem album, and still one of their best posse cuts, has the six members compete for most-f–ked-up honors by shooting gats at Stop the Violence rallies, impregnating pitbulls, and straight-up vomiting on the mic. Em, reigns supreme, of course, even rendering his entire testimony inadmissible on the hook (“I was high when I wrote this / So suck my dick”) like Rust Cohle chugging down Lone Stars while recounting the Dora Lange case. Veteran move. A.U.
51. “Scary Movies” (Bad Meets Evil, “Nuttin’ To Do” Single, 1999)
The B-side (and, arguably, strongest cut) from the first meeting of Bad Meets Evil finds the two rappers sounding massive while playing slashers over a beat that’s cinematic enough to be worthy of Wes Craven. The obvious datedness of quoting the Scream catchphrase in the intro — not to mention all the Clinton/Lewinsky stuff in Em’s verse — is more than made up for by the gorgeous, Alchemist-like Shirley Bassey sample that propels the song, ironically one of the least horrorcore-indebted productions of Slim’s early years. A.U.
50. “Still Don’t Give a F–k” (The Slim Shady LP, 1999)
As if it wasn’t enough to call one of the best tracks on his breakthrough album “Just Don’t Give a F–k,” Eminem slapped a follow-up onto the end of The Slim Shady LP to underline his point: “Still Don’t Give a F–k.” Though it’s not quite as strong as its predecessor, the sequel makes for a fitting, middle-fingers-up victory lap to close Em’s sophomore full-length, and it does boast one of his finest homicidal rhymes — “How in the f–k am I supposed to get out of debt? / I can’t rap anymore / I just murdered the alphabet.” K.M.
49. “Bad Influence” (End of Days [Original Soundtrack], 1999)
Eminem’s favorite subject to rap about is angry parents’ disdain for his crassness, and the End of Days soundtrack cut “Bad Influence” goes for the throat. Em thumbs his nose at inflated ideas about his influence on his youngest listeners, perhaps hitting a few hairs too close to the message of “Who Knew” to be fit for inclusion on The Marshall Mathers LP proper. C.J.
48. “Crack a Bottle” (Relapse, 2009)
It seems absurd that lead Relapse single “Crack a Bottle” is one of only two officially released Dre, Em, and 50 collabs (the other being “Encore” — and we’re not counting the leak of “Syllables”). It’s a perfect display of the curious multi-regionality of the Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit bond, an important precursor to the studiously inclusive rap crews of today. C.J.
47.“If I Get Locked Up”(Funkmaster Flex and Big Kap feat. Dr. Dre and Eminem, The Tunnel, 1999)
Funkmaster Flex’s forgotten Tunnel album is home to one of the great Eminem non-album cuts. “If I Get Locked Up” is all raw Slim Shady-era battle-rap trash-talk, with cursory bars from Dr. Dre and audacious strings and horns from Redman and Def Squad associate Rockwilder. C.J.
46. “8 Mile” (Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture 8 Mile, 2002)
“8 Mile” ostensibly tells the same story as “Lose Yourself,” and the latter earned Eminem the Oscar, but the former deserves some accolades as well. Named for the Hollywood adaptation of Marshall Mathers’ life story, the song weaves a narrative thread that’s separate from its better-known companion. The finer, well-drawn details — like the little sister, oblivious to the domestic wasteland around her, who colors with a crayon till it wears down in her hand — are especially honed, and the scope diverges as well. In this six-minute soundtrack cut, Em’s silver-screen counterpart dreams of being onstage and finding success as a famous rapper — just as he does in “Lose Yourself” — but he doesn’t quite get there. For now, he’s just got to settle for leaving 8 Mile Road behind him. K.M.
45. “Don’t Approach Me” (Xzibit feat. Eminem, Restless, 2000)
The main takeaway from this Eminem-and-Xzibit collaboration? These guys value their privacy, so don’t approach them, and they won’t approach you. Sounds like same ol’ flexing, chest-beating, and gun-waving, you say? It might be, but the rapport between Em and X elevates this Restless knockout. K.M.
44. “Fast Lane”(Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, 2011)
Eminem and Royce da 5’9″‘s cold war lasted a decade, but 2011’s Bad Meets Evil reunion single “Fast Lane” cashed out on the duo’s latent promise so effortlessly that it’s as if there was never a rift, Em and Royce sparring and and proving themselves equally matched. C.J.
43. “Encore/Curtains Down” feat. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent (Encore, 2004)
If only Eminem could resist the urge to overstuff his albums with 20 or so tracks. Strip the skits from Encore, peel off a handful of duds (consult the 150 to 200 range of this list for some contenders), and the chugging “Encore/Curtains Down” could’ve been a powerhouse closer to a lean, reigned-in record. Instead, it’s a strong, star-studded finish — Dr. Dre and 50 Cent contribute guest verses — to Em’s first major misstep. (Him promising, in 2004, that Dre’s still-unreleased Detox was coming soon makes this landing rougher than it needs to be.) K.M.
42. “As the World Turns” (The Slim Shady LP, 1999)
As the world turns, Slim spreads like germs, perpetrating all sorts of evil whilst dressed like a WKRP in Cincinnati DJ. Em’s own particular brand of soap opera wouldn’t play all that well with the daytime crowd, as the “small obstacles and challenges” that represent his daily tribulations include getting beaten up and having his legs eaten by his attempted-assault victims, before raping them to death with his Go-Go Gadget Dick. About a million times more nauseating than ABC’s traditional 2:00 block, but considerably more entertaining, and uh, definitely less predictable. A.U.
41. “Purple Pills” (D12, Devil’s Night, 2001)
One of the most narcoleptic jams ever created, with a hook that teeters on the verge of passing out at the end of every measure and a bridge which basically ends with Eminem falling asleep on the keyboard. Transfixing stuff, and hardly inappropriate for a single (and group) that ingests so many different kinds of narcotics that the single edit basically had to turn it into a completely different (though, really, no less disturbing) song altogether. Bubba Sparxxx never dreamed of a harmonica outro this funky, either. A.U.
40. “Drug Ballad” feat. Dina Rae (The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000)
This piano-plinked, Dina Rae-assisted fan favorite points to inevitable dark days and many hangovers in the future — really, “Drug Ballad” is the unknowing prequel to Relapse and Recovery — but it’s glorious, high-on-its-own-fumes fun while it lasts. K.M.
39. “Soldier” (The Eminem Show, 2002)
Violence is a constant in Eminem’s music, but “Soldier” is different. Recorded after Em racked up two gun charges (one for waving a gun at a rival MC and another for pistol-whipping a man he caught kissing Kim), the Eminem Show cut revels in real-life danger with the same zeal that other songs in Em’s catalog leave for fantastical, imaginary bloodletting. The 2Pac nod in verse three is chillingly on the mark. C.J.
38. “Say What You Say” feat. Dr. Dre (The Eminem Show, 2002)
Jermaine Dupri caught hell in return when he spoke ill of Dre and Timbaland in an interview with XXL. Em and Dre struck back with The Eminem Show
Not to be confused with Emmenin.
"Marshall Mathers" and "Slim Shady" redirect here. For other uses, see Marshall Mathers (disambiguation) and Slim Shady (disambiguation).
Eminem performing during The Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. November 11, 2014
|Born||Marshall Bruce Mathers III|
(1972-10-17) October 17, 1972 (age 45)
St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
|Residence||Rochester Hills, Michigan, U.S.|
(m. 1999; div. 2001)
(m. 2006; div. 2006)
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor.
Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States. Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With 47.4 million albums sold in the US and 220 million records globally, he is among the world's best-selling artists of all time. Additionally, he is the only artist to have eight albums consecutively debut at number one on the Billboard 200.Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the "King of Hip Hop".
After his debut album Infinite (1996) and then Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP, which earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His next two releases, 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002's The Eminem Show, were worldwide successes, with each being certified diamond in U.S. sales, and both winning Best Rap Album Grammy Awards—making Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs. They were followed by Encore in 2004, another critical and commercial success. Eminem went on hiatus after touring in 2005, releasing Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010. Both won Grammy Awards and Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide, the second time he had the international best-selling album of the year (after The Eminem Show). Eminem's eighth album, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, won two Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album; it expanded his record for the most wins in that category and his Grammy total to 15. In 2017, he released his ninth studio album, Revival.
In addition to his solo career, Eminem is an original member of the Midwest hip hop groups Soul Intent and D12. He is also known for his collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5'9"; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil. Eminem has developed other ventures, including Shady Records, with manager Paul Rosenberg, which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent. Eminem has also established his own channel, Shade 45, on Sirius XM Radio. In November 2002, he starred in the hip hop film 8 Mile, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for "Lose Yourself", becoming the first rap artist to ever win the award. Eminem has made cameo appearances in the films The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009), The Interview (2014) and the television series Entourage (2010).
Life and career
1972–1991: Early life
Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on October 17, 1972, in St. Joseph, Missouri, the only child of Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. and Deborah Rae "Debbie" Nelson. His mother nearly died during her 73-hour labor with him. Eminem's parents were in a band called Daddy Warbucks, playing in Ramada Inns along the Dakotas–Montana border before their separation. Bruce left the family, moving to California and having two other children: Michael and Sarah. Debbie later had son Nathan "Nate" Kane Samara. During his childhood, Eminem and Debbie shuttled between Michigan and Missouri, rarely staying in one house for more than a year or two and living primarily with family members. In Missouri, they lived in several places, including St. Joseph, Savannah, and Kansas City.
As a teenager, Eminem wrote letters to his father; according to Debbie, all came back marked "return to sender". Friends and family remember Eminem as a happy child, but "a bit of a loner" who was often bullied. One bully, De'Angelo Bailey, severely injured Eminem's head (mentioned in his song "Brain Damage"); Debbie filed a lawsuit against the school in 1982, which was dismissed the following year. Eminem spent much of his youth in a working-class, primarily black, Detroit neighborhood. He and Debbie were one of three white households on their block, and Eminem was beaten by black youths several times. As a child he was interested in storytelling, aspiring to be a comic-book artist before discovering hip hop. Eminem heard his first rap song ("Reckless", featuring Ice-T) on the Breakin' soundtrack, a gift from Debbie's half-brother Ronnie Polkinghorn, who later became a musical mentor to him. When Polkinghorn committed suicide in 1991, Eminem stopped speaking for days and did not attend his funeral.
Eminem's home life was seldom stable; he frequently fought with his mother, whom a social worker described as having a "very suspicious, almost paranoid personality". When her son became famous, Debbie was unimpressed by suggestions that she was a less-than-ideal mother, contending that she sheltered him and was responsible for his success. In 1987, Debbie allowed runaway Kimberly Ann "Kim" Scott to stay at their home; several years later, Eminem began an on-and-off relationship with Scott. After spending three years in ninth grade due to truancy and poor grades, he dropped out of Lincoln High School at age 17. Although he was interested in English, he never explored literature (preferring comic books) and disliked math and social studies. Eminem worked at several jobs to help his mother pay the bills, later maintaining that she often threw him out of the house anyway. When she left to play bingo, he would blast the stereo and write songs.
At age 14, Eminem began rapping with high-school friend Mike Ruby; they adopted the names "Manix" and "M&M", the latter of which evolved into "Eminem". Eminem sneaked into neighboring Osborn High School with friend and fellow rapper Proof for lunchroom freestyle rap battles. On Saturdays, they attended open mic contests at the Hip-Hop Shop on West 7 Mile, considered "ground zero" for the Detroit rap scene. Struggling to succeed in a predominantly black industry, Eminem was appreciated by underground hip hop audiences. When he wrote verses, he wanted most of the words to rhyme; he wrote long words or phrases on paper and, underneath, worked on rhymes for each syllable. Although the words often made little sense, the drill helped Eminem practice sounds and rhymes.
1992–1997: Early career, Infinite and family struggles
As Eminem's reputation grew, he was recruited by several rap groups; the first was the New Jacks. After they disbanded he joined Soul Intent, who released a single on their 1995 self-titled EP featuring Proof. Eminem and Proof then teamed up with four other rappers to form The Dirty Dozen (D12), who released their first album Devil's Night in 2001. Eminem had his first run-in with the law at age 20, when he was arrested for his involvement in a drive-by shooting with a paintball gun. The case was dismissed when the victim did not appear in court.
Eminem was soon signed to Jeff and Mark Bass's FBT Productions, and recorded his debut album Infinite for their independent Web Entertainment label. The album was a commercial failure upon its release in 1996. One lyrical subject of Infinite was his struggle to raise his newborn daughter, Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, on little money. During this period, Eminem's rhyming style, primarily inspired by rappers Nas, Esham and AZ, lacked the comically violent slant for which he later became known. Detroit disc jockeys largely ignored Infinite, and the feedback Eminem did receive ("Why don't you go into rock and roll?") led him to craft angrier, moodier tracks. At this time Eminem and Kim Scott lived in a crime-ridden neighborhood, and their house was robbed several times. Eminem cooked and washed dishes for minimum wage at Gilbert's Lodge, a family-style restaurant at St. Clair Shores. His former boss described him as becoming a model employee, as he worked 60 hours a week for six months after Hailie's birth. He was fired shortly before Christmas, and later said, "It was, like, five days before Christmas, which is Hailie's birthday. I had, like, forty dollars to get her something." After the release of Infinite, his personal problems and substance abuse culminated in a suicide attempt. By March 1997 he was fired from Gilbert's Lodge for the last time, and lived in his mother's mobile home with Kim and Hailie.
1998–1999: Introduction to Slim Shady, The Slim Shady LP and rise to success
Eminem attracted more attention when he developed Slim Shady, a sadistic, violent alter ego. The character allowed him to express his anger with lyrics about drugs, rape, and murder. In the spring of 1997 he recorded his debut EP, the Slim Shady EP, which was released that winter by Web Entertainment. The EP, with frequent references to drug use, sexual acts, mental instability and violence, also explored the more-serious themes of dealing with poverty and marital and family difficulties and revealed his direct, self-deprecating response to criticism. Hip-hop magazine The Source featured Eminem in its "Unsigned Hype" column in March 1998.
After he was evicted from his home, Eminem went to Los Angeles to compete in the 1997 Rap Olympics, an annual, nationwide battle rap competition. He placed second, and Interscope Records staff in attendance sent a copy of the Slim Shady EP to company CEO Jimmy Iovine. Iovine played the tape for record producer Dr. Dre, founder of Aftermath Entertainment and founding member of hip-hop group N.W.A. Dre recalled, "In my entire career in the music industry, I have never found anything from a demo tape or a CD. When Jimmy played this, I said, 'Find him. Now.'" Although his associates criticized him for hiring a white rapper, he was confident in his decision: "I don't give a fuck if you're purple; if you can kick it, I'm working with you." Eminem had idolized Dre since listening to N.W.A. as a teenager, and was nervous about working with him on an album: "I didn't want to be starstruck or kiss his ass too much ... I'm just a little white boy from Detroit. I had never seen stars, let alone Dr. Dre." He became more comfortable working with Dre after a series of productive recording sessions.
Eminem released The Slim Shady LP in February 1999. Although it was one of the year's most popular albums (certified triple platinum by the end of the year), he was accused of imitating the style and subject matter of underground rapper Cage. The album's popularity was accompanied by controversy over its lyrics; in "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" Eminem describes a trip with his infant daughter when he disposes of his wife's body, and in "Guilty Conscience" which encourages a man to murder his wife and her lover. "Guilty Conscience" marked the beginning of a friendship and musical bond between Dr. Dre and Eminem. The label-mates later collaborated on a number of hit songs ("Forgot About Dre" and "What's the Difference" from Dr. Dre's album 2001, "Bitch Please II" from The Marshall Mathers LP, "Say What You Say" from The Eminem Show, "Encore/Curtains Down" from Encore, and "Old Time's Sake" and "Crack a Bottle" from Relapse), and Dre made at least one guest appearance on each of Eminem's Aftermath albums.The Slim Shady LP has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.
2000–2002: The Marshall Mathers LP, lyrical conflicts and The Eminem Show
The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000. It sold 1,760,000 copies in its first week, breaking US records held by Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle for fastest-selling hip hop album and Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time for fastest-selling solo album. The first single from the album, "The Real Slim Shady", was a success despite controversies about Eminem's insults and dubious claims about celebrities (for example, that Christina Aguilera had performed oral sex on Fred Durst and Carson Daly). In his second single, "The Way I Am", he reveals the pressure from his record company to top "My Name Is". Although Eminem parodied shock rocker Marilyn Manson in the music video for "My Name Is", they are reportedly on good terms; Manson is mentioned in "The Way I Am", appeared in its music video and has performed a live remix of the song with Eminem. In the third single, "Stan" (which samples Dido's "Thank You"), Eminem tries to deal with his new fame, assuming the persona of a deranged fan who kills himself and his pregnant girlfriend (mirroring "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" from The Slim Shady LP).Q magazine called "Stan" the third-greatest rap song of all time, and it was ranked tenth in a Top40-Charts.com survey. The song has since been ranked 296th on Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. In July 2000, Eminem was the first white artist to appear on the cover of The Source magazine.The Marshall Mathers LP was certified Diamond by the RIAA in March 2011 and sold 32 million copies worldwide.
Eminem performed with Elton John at the 43rd Grammy Awards ceremony in 2001, with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD, an organization which considered Eminem's lyrics homophobic) condemning John's decision to perform with Eminem.Entertainment Weekly placed the appearance on its end-of-decade "best-of" list: "It was the hug heard 'round the world. Eminem, under fire for homophobic lyrics, shared the stage with a gay icon for a performance of "Stan" that would have been memorable in any context." On February 21, the day of the awards ceremony, GLAAD held a protest outside the Staples Center (the ceremony's venue). In 2001 Eminem appeared in the Up in Smoke Tour with rappers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Ice Cube and the Family Values Tour with Limp Bizkit, headlining the Anger Management Tour with Papa Roach, Ludacris and Xzibit.
The Eminem Show was released in May 2002. It was another success, reaching number one on the charts and selling over 1.332 million copies during its first full week. The album's single, "Without Me", denigrates boy bands, Limp Bizkit, Dick and Lynne Cheney, Moby and others. The Eminem Show certified Diamond by the RIAA examines the effects of the rapper's rise to fame, his relationship with his wife and daughter and his status in the hip-hop community, addressing an assault charge brought by a bouncer he saw kissing his wife in 2000. Although several tracks are clearly angry, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic found The Eminem Show less inflammatory than The Marshall Mathers LP.L. Brent Bozell III, who had criticized The Marshall Mathers LP for misogynistic lyrics, noted The Eminem Show's extensive use of obscenity and called the rapper "Eminef" for the prevalence of the word "motherfucker" on the album.The Eminem Show sold 30 million copies worldwide and was the best-selling album of 2002.
2003–2007: Encore, more lyrical conflicts and musical hiatus
On December 8, 2003, the United States Secret Service said that it was "looking into" allegations that Eminem had threatened the President of the United States. The cause for concern was the lyrics of "We As Americans" ("Fuck money / I don't rap for dead presidents / I'd rather see the president dead / It's never been said, but I set precedents"), which was later released on a bonus CD with the deluxe edition of Encore.
Also in 2003 Eminem, a lifelong fan of Tupac, provided production work for three tracks on the Tupac Resurrection soundtrack He would follow this up the next year by producing 12 of the 16 tracks on Tupac's Loyal to the Game album.
Encore, released in 2004, was another success. Its sales were partially driven by the first single, "Just Lose It", which contained slurs about Michael Jackson. On October 12, 2004, a week after the release of "Just Lose It", Jackson phoned the Los Angeles-based Steve Harvey radio show to report his displeasure with its video (which parodies Jackson's child molestation trial, plastic surgery and the 1984 incident when Jackson's hair caught fire during the filming of a commercial). In the song Eminem says, "That's not a stab at Michael / That's just a metaphor / I'm just psycho". Many of Jackson's friends and supporters spoke out against the video, including Stevie Wonder (who described it as "kicking a man while he's down" and "bullshit") and Steve Harvey (who said, "Eminem has lost his ghetto pass. We want the pass back"). The video also parodied Pee-wee Herman, MC Hammer and Madonna during her Blond Ambition period."Weird Al" Yankovic, who parodied the Eminem song "Lose Yourself" on "Couch Potato" for his 2003 album Poodle Hat, told the Chicago Sun-Times about Jackson's protest: "Last year, Eminem forced me to halt production on the video for my 'Lose Yourself' parody because he somehow thought that it would be harmful to his image or career. So the irony of this situation with Michael is not lost on me." Although Black Entertainment Television stopped playing the video, MTV announced that it would continue to air it. The Source, through CEO Raymond "Benzino" Scott, called for the video to be pulled, the song removed from the album and Eminem to apologize publicly to Jackson. In 2007 Jackson and Sony bought Famous Music from Viacom, giving him the rights to songs by Eminem, Shakira, Beck and others.
Despite its lead single's humorous theme, Encore explored serious subject matter with the anti-war song "Mosh". The song criticized President George W. Bush as "This weapon of mass destruction that we call our president", with lyrics including "Fuck Bush". On October 25, 2004, a week before the 2004 US Presidential election, Eminem released the video for "Mosh" on the Internet. In it, Eminem gathers an army (including rapper Lloyd Banks) of Bush-administration victims and leads them to the White House. When they break in, it is learned that they are there to register to vote; the video ends with "VOTE Tuesday November 2". After Bush's reelection, the video's ending was changed to Eminem and the protesters invading the White House during a speech by the president. Also in 2004 Eminem launched a satellite music channel, Shade 45, on Sirius radio, which was described by his manager as "essentially a destination to get and hear things that other people aren't playing," 
In 2005, industry insiders speculated that Eminem was considering ending his rapping career after six years and several Multi-Platinum albums. Rumors began early in the year about a double album to be released late that year, entitled The Funeral; the greatest hits album, entitled Curtain Call: The Hits, was released in December. In July the Detroit Free Press reported a possible final bow for Eminem as a solo performer, quoting members of his inner circle as saying that he would embrace the roles of producer and label executive. The day of Curtain Call: The Hits's release, Eminem appeared on WKQI's "Mojo in the Morning" show. Denying that he was retiring, he suggested he would take a break as an artist: "I'm at a point in my life right now where I feel like I don't know where my career is going ... This is the reason that we called it 'Curtain Call', because this could be the final thing. We don't know." The following year, Eminem released Eminem Presents: The Re-Up on Shady Records.
In 2005, the rapper was ranked 58th in Bernard Goldberg's book, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Goldberg cited a 2001 column by Bob Herbert of The New York Times, in which Herbert wrote "In Eminem's world, all women are whores and he is eager to rape and murder them", and the song "No One's Iller" from the Slim Shady EP as examples of the rapper's misogyny. That summer Eminem began his first US concert tour in three years, with the Anger Management 3 Tour featuring 50 Cent, G-Unit, Lil Jon, D12, Obie Trice and The Alchemist. In August he canceled the European leg of the tour, later announcing that he had entered drug rehabilitation for treatment of a "dependency on sleep medication".Curtain Call: The Hits was released December 6, 2005 by Aftermath Entertainment. During its first week it sold nearly 441,000 copies in the US, and was Eminem's fourth consecutive number-one album on the Billboard Hot 200. The album has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
In September 2007, Eminem called New York radio station WQHT during an interview with 50 Cent, saying that he was "in limbo" and "debating" about when (or if) he would release another album: "I'm always working – I'm always in the studio. It feels good right now, the energy of the label. For a while, I didn't want to go back to the studio ... I went through some personal things. I'm coming out of those personal things [and] it feels good."
2008–2009: Comeback, Relapse and Refill
Eminem appeared on his Shade 45 Sirius channel in September 2008, saying: "Right now I'm kinda just concentrating on my own stuff, for right now and just banging out tracks and producing a lot of stuff. You know, the more I keep producing the better it seems like I get 'cause I just start knowing stuff." Interscope confirmed that a new album would be released in spring 2009. In December 2008, the rapper provided a few more details about the album, entitled Relapse: "Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days, man. Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on 'Relapse'. We are up to our old mischievous ways ... let's just leave it at that."
According to a March 5, 2009 press release, Eminem would release two new albums that year. Relapse, the first, was released on May 19; its first single and music video, "We Made You", had been released on April 7. Although Relapse did not sell as well as the rapper's previous albums and received mixed reviews, it was a commercial success and re-established his presence in the hip-hop world. It sold more than five million copies worldwide. During the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen descended on the audience in an angel costume. He landed buttocks-first on Eminem, who stormed out of the ceremony; three days later, the rapper said that the stunt had been staged. On October 30 he headlined at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, his first full performance of the year. Eminem's act included several songs from Relapse, many of his older hits and an appearance by D12. On November 19, he announced on his website that Relapse: Refill would be released on December 21. The album was a re-release of Relapse with seven bonus tracks, including "Forever" and "Taking My Ball". Eminem described the CD:
I want to deliver more material for the fans this year like I originally planned ... Hopefully these tracks on The Refill will tide the fans over until we put out Relapse 2 next year ... I got back in with Dre and then a few more producers, including Just Blaze, and went in a completely different direction which made me start from scratch. The new tracks started to sound very different than the tracks I originally intended to be on Relapse 2, but I still want the other stuff to be heard.
2010–2011: Recovery and Bad Meets Evil reunion
On April 14, 2010, Eminem tweeted: "There is no Relapse 2". Although his followers thought he was not releasing an album, he had changed its title to Recovery and confirmed this by tweeting "RECOVERY" with a link to his website. According to the rapper:
I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year. But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title.
His seventh album was released on June 18. In the US Recovery sold 741,000 copies during its first week, topping the Billboard 200 chart. Eminem's sixth consecutive US number-one album also topped the charts in several other countries. Recovery remained atop the Billboard 200 chart for five consecutive weeks of a seven-week total.
Billboard reported that it was the bestselling album of 2010, making Eminem the first artist in Nielsen SoundScan history with two year-end bestselling albums.Recovery is the bestselling digital album in history. Its first single, "Not Afraid", was released on April 29 and debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100; its music video was released on June 4. "Not Afraid" was followed by "Love the Way You Lie", which debuted at number two before rising to the top. Although "Love the Way You Lie" was the bestselling 2010 single in the United Kingdom, it did not reach number one (the first time this has happened in the UK since 1969). Despite criticism of its inconsistency, Recovery received positive reviews from most critics. As of November 21, 2010[update], the album had US sales of three million copies.Recovery was the bestselling album worldwide in 2010, joining 2002's bestseller The Eminem Show to give the rapper two worldwide year-end number-one albums. With Recovery, Eminem broke the record for the most successive US number-one albums by a solo artist.
He appeared at the 2010 BET Awards, performing "Not Afraid" and "Airplanes, Part II" with B.o.B and Keyshia Cole. Later that year, he performed at the Activison E3 concert. In June Eminem and Jay-Z announced they would perform together in Detroit and New York, at concerts called The Home & Home Tour. The first two concerts quickly sold out, prompting an additional show in each city. BET called Eminem the number-one rapper of the 21st century. He opened the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, performing "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie" with Rihanna singing the choruses. Due to the success of Recovery and the Home & Home Tour, Eminem was named the 2010 Hottest MC in the Game by MTV and Emcee of the Year by the online magazine HipHopDX. He and Rihanna again collaborated on "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)", the sequel of their hit single. Unlike the original, Rihanna is the lead vocalist and it is sung from the female perspective. In December 2010, the "Great Eminem Recovery" was number one on Billboard's Top 25 Music Moments of 2010. He appeared at the 2011 Grammy Awards on February 13, performing "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" with Rihanna and Adam Levine and "I Need a Doctor" with Dr. Dre and Skylar Grey. That month it was announced that "Space Bound" would be the fourth single from Recovery, with a music video featuring former porn star Sasha Grey; the video was released June 24 on the iTunes Store.
In 2010, Eminem again began collaborating with Royce da 5'9" on their first EP as Bad Meets Evil; the duo formed in 1999. The EP, Hell: The Sequel, was released on June 14, 2011. Eminem was featured on Royce da 5'9"'s "Writer's Block", released on April 8, 2011. On May 3 they released the lead single "Fast Lane" from their upcoming EP, and a music video was filmed. In March 2011, within days of each other, The Eminem Show and The Marshall Mathers LP were certified diamond by the RIAA; Eminem is the only rapper with two diamond-certified albums. With more than 60 million "likes" he was the most-followed person on Facebook, outscoring Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Michael Jackson. Eminem was the first artist in five years with two number-one albums (Recovery and Hell: The Sequel) in a 12-month period. Early in 2011 he leaked "2.0 Boys", on which Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse collaborated when they signed with Shady Records in January, and performed it in April. Bad Meets Evil released their next single, "Lighters", on July 6 and its music video in late August. On August 6, Eminem performed several songs from throughout his career at Lollapalooza with the artists who had been featured on each song.
2012–2013: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Eminem announced on May 24, 2012, that he was working on his next album, scheduled for release the following year. Without a title or release date, it was included on a number of "Most Anticipated Albums of 2013" lists (including MTV); Complex Magazine ranked it sixth, and XXL listed it fifth.
On August 14 "Survival", featuring Liz Rodrigues and produced by DJ Khalil, premièred in the multi-player trailer for the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts. According to a press release, the first single from Eminem's eighth album would be released soon. During the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, it was announced that the album would be entitled The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (following The Marshall Mathers LP) and was scheduled for release on November 5.
Its lead single, "Berzerk", was released on August 25 and debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Three more singles followed: "Survival" (appearing on the Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer), "Rap God" and "The Monster" (with Rihanna).
The album was released on November 5, by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope Records. Its standard version had 16 tracks, and the deluxe version included a second disc with five additional tracks. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was Eminem's seventh album to debut atop the Billboard 200, and had the year's second-largest first-week sales. The rapper was the first artist since The Beatles to have four singles in the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100.
In the United Kingdom The Marshall Mathers LP 2 debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. The first American artist with seven consecutive UK number-one albums, he is tied with The Beatles for second place for the most consecutive chart-topping UK albums. The album secured Eminem's position as Canada's best-selling artist, and was 2013's best-selling album.
On November 3, Eminem was named the first YouTube Music Awards Artist of the Year, and a week later he received the Global Icon Award at the 2013 MTV EMA Music Awards. On June 10, it was announced that the rapper was the first artist to receive two digital diamond certifications – sales and streams of 10 million and above – by the RIAA (for "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie"). On July 11 and 12, Eminem played two concerts in Wembley Stadium. At the 57th Grammy Awards, he received Best Rap Album award for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (with Rihanna) for "The Monster".
2014–2016: Shady XV, vinyl box set, and Southpaw
In the summer of 2014, Eminem and Rosenberg began using the hashtag #SHADYXV on social-networking sites, and the rapper wore a T-shirt with the hashtag onstage. This was later revealed to be the name of an upcoming Shady Records compilation. Shortly afterwards the first single from the album ("Guts Over Fear", featuring singer-songwriter Sia Furler) was released and the album's track list was released on October 29. Shady Records released a cypher to promote the album, in which Eminem did a seven-minute freestyle. "Detroit Vs. Everybody" (the album's second single), with Eminem, Dej Loaf, Royce da 5'9", Danny Brown, Big Sean and Trick-Trick, was released on November 11.Shady XV, released on November 24 during Black Friday week, consists of one greatest-hits disc and one disc of new material by Shady Records artists such as D12, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil and Yelawolf. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 138,000 copies in the United States.
The Official Eminem Box Set, a career-spanning, 10-disc vinyl box set, was released on March 12, 2015. The set includes seven of Eminem's eight studio albums (excluding Infinite), the 8 Mile soundtrack, the compilation Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, and the greatest hits collection Curtain Call: The Hits. Early in the year, it was announced that he would appear on Tech N9ne's "Speedom (Worldwide Choppers 2)". The song, also featuring Krizz Kaliko, was released on April 20. Eminem also appeared on Yelawolf's "Best Friend", the single from Love Story.
Eminem is the executive producer of the soundtrack on the sports drama Southpaw, with Shady Records. The first single from the soundtrack called 'Phenomenal' was released on June 2, 2015. Another single, "Kings Never Die" by Eminem featuring Gwen Stefani, was released on July 10, 2015 on YouTube via Eminem's Vevo account. Eminem was the first interview of Zane Lowe in Beats 1. The interview streamed online on the Beats 1 radio on  July 1, 2015. Eminem appeared on the public access show Only in Monroe, produced in Monroe, Michigan, and was interviewed by guest host Stephen Colbert for an episode that aired July 1, 2015. In the episode Eminem sang snippets of Bob Seger songs at Colbert's prompting and briefly discussed Southpaw. In June 2015, it was revealed that he will serve as the executive producer and music supervisor on the TV series Motor City whose premise will be based upon the 2002 film Narc.
In September 2016, Eminem was featured on Skylar Grey's song, "Kill For You", which appears on her album, Natural Causes. On October 19, 2016, Eminem released a new song called "Campaign Speech", a political hip hop song, and announced he was working on a new album. On November 17, 2016, Eminem released a remastered version of 'Infinite' on his YouTube VEVO channel. On November 22, 2016, Eminem released a trailer for a 10-minute short documentary called Partners in Rhyme: The True Story of Infinite.
Main article: Revival (Eminem album)
In February 2017, Eminem appeared on "No Favors", a track from Big Sean's album I Decided. In the song, Eminem calls the newly elected President Donald Trump a "bitch", and also raps about raping conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter, who is a Trump supporter, with a variety of foreign objects. Coulter responded to the lyrics, stating, "I think it's unfortunate that the left, from Berkeley to Eminem with his rap songs, has normalized violence against women, as Eminem has done." Eminem participated in the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards' annual cypher, using his verse, a freestyle rap called "The Storm", to further criticize Trump and the administration for, among other things, Trump's focus on National Football League players' protests during "The Star Spangled Banner" over Hurricane Maria recovery efforts and lack of gun control reform in the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. Eminem ended the cypher by giving an ultimatum saying that Trump supporters cannot be his fans. The verse received wide praise among other rappers following its release. In October 2017, Eminem appeared on "Revenge", a track from Pink's album Beautiful Trauma.
Starting in late October, Eminem and Paul Rosenberg began teasing what fans speculated was the title of a new album titled Revival, in the form of advertisements for a fake medication of the same name. Later in November, the first single "Walk on Water" was released, which featured Beyoncé. The song was first performed, by Eminem, at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 12, featuring Skylar Grey. He appeared on Saturday Night Live on November 18, performing "Walk on Water", "Stan" and "Love the Way You Lie" with Skylar Grey. On November 28, Dr. Dre posted a video confirming the album's release date as December 15, 2017. On December 8, Eminem released a promotional single titled "Untouchable" which featured a sample from the duo Cheech & Chong. Despite an online leak of the album two days prior,Revival was released as planned on December 15. On January 5, 2018, the second single "River" was released, which featured Ed Sheeran. It became Eminem's eighth consecutive album to top the US Billboard 200 upon release with 197,000 copies sold in its first week. As a result, he became the first musical act to have eight entries in a row debut atop the chart. The album was met with mixed reviews from music critics.
Influences, style, and rapping technique
Eminem has cited several MCs as influencing his rapping style, including Esham,Kool G Rap,Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane,Newcleus, Ice-T, Mantronix, Melle Mel (on "The Message"), LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Run–D.M.C., Rakim and Boogie Down Productions. In How to Rap, Guerilla Black notes that Eminem studied other MCs to hone his rapping technique: "Eminem listened to everything and that's what made him one of the greats". In the book, other MCs also praise aspects of his rapping technique; varied, humorous subject matter, connecting with his audience,