3. 'The Way I Am'
"I'm not Mr. 'NSync; I'm not what you're friends think," Mathers raps on "The Way I Am," the second single from The Marshall Mathers LP. While it's unlikely anybody was confusing Eminem for Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s, this propulsive track still serves to distance the rapper from his successes, framing him as an outsider in both his personal life and career. Within, Em rails against his record label, his family and commercial radio (who "won't even play my jam"), delivering each line in a razor-sharp, syncopated cadence against a backdrop of minimal percussion and piano.