Each week in the Friday Faceoff, the editors of Complex will have an open debate with one of the other websites in the Complex Media Network on a timely topic. We encourage everyone to chime in with comments about our choices, whether you agree or disagree. Don't worry, we can take a sneak-diss or two.
Last week, we argued video game movies with Planet XBox 360. This week, we're going up against music video paradise OnSMASH. The big homie Hof and his team were nice enough to argue with us to determine the best Eminem videos of all time.
In case you haven't noticed, Slim Shady is back—his new album Relapse leaked yesterday, and his excellent serial killer clip for "3 A.M." (watch it here) shows he still knows how to make a striking music video. But will it make the list of Em's greatest videos ever? Keep reading to check out our top 5 debate...
OnSMASH Says: In this self-produced classic, Em lashes out against overzealous fans, pressuring record executives, critics and the other causes of stress in his life. This is an essential video because Em expresses the immense amount of pressure he's under to outperform his previous hit records. Em raps his verses while taking a header off a building showing just how uncomfortable he is with his celebrity.
Complex says: A classic, no question. Our only complaint is that you didn't rank this masterpiece higher!
Complex Says: Released on the eve of the 2004 Presidential Election, "Mosh" is the rare exception to the "all animated videos suck" rule. The anti-War, anti-Bush protest video was produced by the Guerilla News Network and brought a very necessary message to the forefront of hip-hop, even if it was too late to stop Bush's reelection.
OnSMASH Says: Super Predictable. Expected better from Complex, shocked "Lose Yourself" isn't on here.
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ONSMASH #4 PICK: "Cleaning Out My Closet" (2002)
OnSMASH Says: This was the first video where Em puts the Slim Shady humor on hold and gives fans an introspective look into his childhood, marital troubles and feud with his mother. Fans finally get to see past the Slim Shady clown and feel Em's pain and cynical view of today's pop culture.
Complex says: We're not mad at this pick. Definitely one of our favorite Em songs, but as a video, it didn't make our list because we ultimately felt it was less memorable than some of his other "introspective" clips.
Complex Says: Em's lone "glossy" video features him literally swimming in a sea of women and arguing with plastic porn star Gina Lynn through a hotel peep hole. We're guessing Interscope didn't like it as much as we did since this one went straight-to-DVD without being played on MTV.
OnSMASH Says: This "Superman" pick downright irritates me. The song is dope but there is nothing special about this video, especially when Em has so many classic joints. Very disappointed.