The 25 Best Eight-Bar Verses in Rap History

16. Eminem on "Bad Meets Evil" (1999)

"I don't speak, I float in the air wrapped in a sheet/
I'm not a real person, I'm a ghost trapped in a beat/
I translate when my voice is read through a seismograph/
And a noise is bred, picked up and transmitted through Royce's head/
Trap him in his room, possess him and hoist his bed/
'til the evilness flows through his blood like poisonous lead/
Told him each one of his boys is dead/
I asked him to come to the dark side, he made a choice and said"


It's unfortunate the sequel came 12 years later with Hell: The Sequel. As solid as that project was, it took Royce and Em nine songs to capture the violent glee it took them four minutes to do in "Bad Meets Evil." Eminem's first verse is particularly engrossing, and it isn't anywhere near as outrageous as many throughout the album (see: "As The World Turns").

After repeated listens and realizing how good the following verses are, Eminem's verse is revealed to be more prophetic rather than just a mind game. Em plays "a ghost trapped in a beat," an entity whose main appeal is mystery and unpredictability. We're already aware what Shady is capable of, and here, what's about to happen after the supernatural debauchery is left up to our imaginations for a few seconds. Sometimes that's as scary as any movie. —Brian Josephs

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