Song: "Lose Yourself" (2002)
Album: 8 Mile

You don't have to be a rapper heading to a Grindtime battle to understand the level of stage fright Eminem is describing in "Lose Yourself" (though it certainly helps). We've all had that point in our lives—be it a big exam, a presentation, or a fight—and Em's line speaks to the volatile human condition of rabid vulnerability, the moment where you're as unpredictable as the elements you're surrounded by. WIth one line, Em doesn't just put you in the scene, he puts you in shoes that every battle rapper ever has been in.