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Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

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

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48. "Bad Influence" (1999)

Eminem has always been adept at running dizzying circles around his critics, nullifying attacks by embracing and one-upping them. "People say that I'm a bad influence," he raps on this track from the End of Days soundtrack. "I say the world's already fucked, I'm just addin' to it." Though the beat by Jeff Bass is pedestrian and plodding, Eminem – the "human horror film, but with a lot funnier plot" – has no difficulty elevating it. He's animated by his outsider status, aiming shots at the über-wealthy and hip-hop guide The Source: "As long as I'm on pills and I got plenty of pot/I'll be in a canoe paddling, making fun of your yacht/But I would like an award/For the best rapper to get one mic in The Source." He saves his best line for critics like Billboard editor-in-chief Timothy White, who condemned Eminem in 1999 for "exploiting the world's misery." "You probably think that I'm a negative person, don't be so sure of it," Eminem raps. "I don't promote violence, I just encourage it."

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