Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Producer: Dr. Dre, Mel-Man
Label: Aftermath/Interscope

"My Name Is" introduced both Eminem and his Slim Shady alias to the world, and a year later he cemented his superstardom by commenting on his fame, and insurgent copycats, with a song that could be considered a sequel but was also faster, smarter and funnier. Where he sounded like a snotty kid announcing "hi! My name is!" in mock-cornball tones over the 1999 breakthrough's loping funk, "The Real Slim Shady" finds Em slipping an intricate web of syllables over a more uptempo track's busy harpsichord loop. Even the first time the hook comes around, Em sounds so gleefully assured of its ability to rule the world that he finishes his verse instructing, "Sing the chorus, and it goes...."