100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

What makes a great hip-hop song?

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28. Eminem, "Lose Yourself"

Eminem's biggest hit ever plays like Rocky condensed into a five-minute song. It helped that in telling the story of Rabbit – the trailer-dwelling aspiring rapper he played in 8 Mile – Eminem was writing autobiographically, sidestepping demented hijinks and pure rage in favor of tough realist rhymes about overcoming very long odds. Em cut the song during a brief break from filming. "He came in and laid down all three verses in one take," said engineer Steven King. "Jaws dropped – we were like, 'Oh, my God! This story has been building in him.'"

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