Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

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

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18. "Role Model" (1999)

More than any other major artist, Eminem has consistently toyed with and questioned the public's desire to turn famous artists into paragons of virtue and wisdom. Here, he fires off absurd insults, injures himself and envisions scenarios where he's embodying Norman Bates ("Mother, are you there? I love you") or beating up Foghorn Leghorn "with an acorn," hilariously satirizing the very idea that younger fans would ever mimic him. "To me it's just a rap record. The message behind it was just complete sarcasm," Eminem wrote in Angry Blonde. "I wanted to be clear: Don't look at me like I'm a fucking role model."

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