Label: Shady/Interscope Records
Best Song: "Purple Pills"
As much as he made fun of N*Sync and BSB, Eminem was the face of pop in 2001, and a regular on TRL (and teenybopper magazine covers). He was also rapping at his very best. At the top of the world, Eminem assembled his boy band in the same manner as Lou Pearlman, getting the cute one, the funny one, the shy one and the bad boy.
Then he realized that, in fact, they were all worse than bad boys: Proof, Kon Artis, Bizarre, Kuniva, Swifty and Em went as far out of their way as possible to gross out kids and shock parents. "Purple Pills," their hit single, devolves into Bizarre's verse: "Shut your mouth you dirty slut/You know you want it in your butt/I'll put it in your cunt/Let Bizarre nut." Carson Daly-approved!