Eminem: 50 Greatest Songs

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

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27. "Without Me" (2002)

The de facto sequel to Eminem's 1998 smash "My Name Is" and 2000's "The Real Slim Shady" is a manic, quicksilver whirl through Eminem's shit list, launching acid-laced broadsides and flipping the middle finger at real and imagined enemies, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney (whose wife Lynne took Em to task during a 2001 war of words with Madonna); DJ/producer Moby (who was "running his fucking mouth" at the Grammys, according to the rapper in a 2002 Rolling Stone interview); the Federal Communications Commission (which levied, and then rescinded, a fine against a Colorado radio station for playing the clean version of "The Real Slim Shady"); and his mom (who had taken him to court over his talk on "My Name Is"). "It's, like, I need drama in my life to inspire me a lot, instead of just trying to reach for something," Eminem told The Face in 2002.

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