Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

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

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43. Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, "Shady Cxvpher" (2014)

To promote the 2014 compilation Shady XV, the members of Slaughterhouse (Kxng Crooked, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9"), Yelawolf and Eminem recorded extended a capella verses in their respective hometowns for Vevo in the 18-minute video "Shady Cxvpher." In his seven delirious minutes, the rapper blends introspection ("Became a millionaire, went downhill from there"), breakneck double-time rhymes, tasteless barbs at media figures and some brutal honesty ("I think of all them times I compromised my bottom lines/And thought of rhymes that sodomized your daughter's minds/Then I'm like: dollar signs.")

"It's about longevity. To me, the verse says, 'After all the years of classic material, I am still one of the illest rappers to ever do this shit,'" Kxng Crooked tells Rolling Stone. "Being a wordsmith in rap music is a dying art. Connecting syllables, metaphors, punchlines and similes is a dying art. For those of us who still love rapping for the sake of showing how good one can rap, Eminem is our only mainstream voice."

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