Eminem, "My Name Is" (1999)
Thanks to 1997's The Slim Shady EP, which spread quickly in the early years of Internet .wavs and Real Audio streaming, Eminem was already an underground sensation when Dre and Jimmy Iovine signed him to Aftermath/Interscope. The trick was translating his foul-mouthed humor and complex rhyme schemes to a mainstream audience. Dre and Eminem reportedly finished "My Name Is," the song that would introduce him to white America, in around an hour. Dre makes fanciful use of 1970s British singer Labi Siffre's "I Got The…", and the loping bass rhythm gives the song a shrugging, "Who me?" quality that suits Em's vocal quirks and Cheshire cat lyrics. Eminem has a goofy irreverence that helps the listener absorb some of his more outré comments, like claiming he "ripped Pamela Lee's tits off" and "I just found out my mom does more dope than I do." Dre humbly plays the father figure on his protégé's star turn: "Slim Shady, you're a basehead."