The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

Jay Z, Eminem, Tupac, Biggie and more

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Eminem, 'My Name Is . . .'
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39. Eminem, 'My Name Is . . .'

The Slim Shady LP, 1999

"God sent me to piss the world off," announced Eminem on his debut single. Mission accomplished: Over Dr. Dre's brisk, cartoon-funk beat, Em tears off Pamela Anderson's breasts, goes after his junior-high English teacher's nuts with a stapler and rhymes "head straight" with "impregnate." He was something truly new: a Midwestern trailer-park kid with serious issues and an endless supply of uproarious rhymes.

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