Album: Music Inspired by the Film More Than a Game
Label: Zone 4/Interscope
After his long, troubled absence, the question remained: How would Eminem fare against the current crop of elite rappers? He was thrown into the ring with Wayne and 'Ye, and you better believe that the thought of friendly competition entered his mind (as well as the minds of the other proud participants—this is hip-hop, after all), especially in light of the leaked "Talkin' 2 Myself" and the subsequent 2010 Spin interview in which Em admitted he came this close to releasing a diss record against his cohorts. The fired-up delivery Detroit's Tiger unleashes over the slithering synth track with heavy drums and air-horn blasts is that of an MC with something to prove. Em let people know there was still life in one of the game's best. In the end, everyone shines brightly, so call it a draw, but don't call it a comeback (LL reference).
#28. Drake f/ Eminem, Kanye West, & Lil Wayne "Forever" (2009)