Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

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

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11. "Get You Mad" (1999)

For this loony appearance on This or That, the Interscope-backed mixtape from influential Bay Area radio hosts Sway and King Tech, Eminem lays down a proper studio recording of some reference-packed bars initially spit for their Wake Up Show. Like the hip-hop version of his eventual pop-star takedowns, Em pokes fun at the latest round of rap dramas, takes down the current crop of platinum MCs, adds kindling to some of his earliest intra-industry feuds, throws out some tasteless jokes and lacerates the record business ("Don't act like a fan, you wanna get signed/Get the whitest A&R you can find, pull him aside and rap as wack as you can"). "All we did was reach out to people that we knew were dope, and were gonna last," producer King Tech told HipHopDX about making their 1999 compilation, which also featured early performances from Tech N9ne and Crooked I. "I'm from an era where if the beat is bangin', just let him roll. Let him do what he does. I remember him callin' me, 'Tech, you think I gotta change the hook? I might’ve been too crazy.' I was like, 'Kid, I love that shit!'"

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