Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope

Em won his battle with drug addiction on the album prior to this one. But Recovery, the biggest selling album of 2010, was the set that proved he was still an elite rapper. Marshall showed growth lyrically, addressing domestic violence with Rihanna and facing his own tough times head-on with “Not Afraid,” while ditching all those sloppy pop culture references that bogged Relapse down. We can't wait to see where he goes next.