Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

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

50. "Bully" (2003)

Appearing on the Internet sometime before its inclusion on the semi-official Eminem mixtape Straight From the Lab, "Bully" is the best of the loosies Eminem made during his virulent war of words with Benzino and Murder Inc.'s Ja Rule and Irv Gotti. He dismisses claims that he's just a "2003 Vanilla Ice" by rhyming, "So now you try to pull the race card/And it backfires in your face hard/'Cause you know we don't play that black and white shit." Then he reflects on how death seems to hover over the genre, wondering if all the beef is worth it. He raps, "Now what bothers me the most about hip-hop is we so close to picking up where we left off with Big and Pac/We just lost Jam Master Jay, Big L got blasted away, plus we lost Bugz [of D12], Slang Ton [of the Outsidaz] and Freaky Tah [of Lost Boyz]."