Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

The best from the bloody, bombastic, brilliant career of the hip-hop troublemaker

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21. "Any Man" (1999)

"So, I walk into D&D [Studios] and Eminem is sittin' in the lounge – doesn't look like a rapper, regular guy," remembered producer Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz (Black Moon, Black Star) in an interview with Hiphopdx. "I play beats for [Eminem] and he picks the beat for 'Any Man.' I never heard this guy rhyme [before]… So, he gets in the vocal booth and the first thing he says [in a high-pitched nasally tone] is 'Hi!' I look at my engineer like, 'Oh my God, what did I just get myself into?'" Eminem goes on to unleash a series of wildly lewd and rude verses, as if he's hoping to break as many taboos as possible in less than four minutes of classic New York boom bap. "I hope God forgives me for my sins," he raps. "It probably all depends on if I keep on killin' my girlfriends." The session left Mr. Walt in a daze: "I looked at my engineer," he said, "I was like, 'Yo, what just happened?'"

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