Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

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

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13. "Kim" (1999)

Though 8 Mile's "Lose Yourself" became Eminem's Academy-Award-winning song, his most filmic performance was on this six-minute-plus dramatization of his own horrendously dysfunctional marriage to supposed true-love Kim Scott Mathers. His jealous, grindingly detailed rage surges and recedes in an abusive call and response, never losing intensity, as the Bass Brothers' rock-centric track storms on. It climaxes at the end of the second verse, where he screams "Get the fuck away from me! Don't touch me!/I hate you! I hate you! I swear to God, I hate you!" Then recoils, in tears: "Oh my God, I love you!" The "Kim" character (also played by Em) apologizes, but she's blotted out by her husband's howling cry. It's as if John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence was reshot with Peter Falk's husband in the spotlight instead of Gena Rowlands' wife, replaying his climactic line, "I'll kill ya, and I'll kill these sons-o'-bitchin' kids," throughout a Tarantino-esque blood-spurting third act. Though overshadowed by its graphic depiction of violence against a woman, Eminem's performance is powerful and intense. The real-life Kim reached a settlement after suing her husband for $10 million.

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