Producer: Dr. Dre, Mel-Man
Album: 2001
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
For those that forgot, in the mid-to-late '90s pretty much all major-label rap acts knew they had to have a radio single (love song), a club banger, a keep-it-real joint, and a Down South–styled barn burner. Dr. Dre and Eminem's contribution to below the Mason Dixon line fire was also their best collabo together. The second single from 2001 galloped along with intermittent laser effects and that strange slow-handed plucking, music for robotic cowboys-n-girls to get down to at the Intergalactic Friday Night Hoedown. (Kinda ill to discover that the dirty guitar during Em's verse is a replayed riff from "The Climb" by No Doubt.) There are no breathers, just wall-to-wall rapping your ass off. Eminem's hook and the lyrics he wrote for Dre serve dual purposes: Not only is it some world-class bragging, it's a history lesson that puts into perspective Andre Young's impact in the game. "Who you think brought you the OGs, Eazy-Es, Ice Cubes, and D.O.C.s, and Snoop D-O-double-Gs?" The same dude that brought us the Eminems, that's who. Shockingly, the song won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Shocking because we remember a time when the Grammys wanted to act like they forgot about rap.