Producer: Dr. Dre, Mel-Man
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
"Kill You" is, arguably, the quintessential Em song. Why? Well, mainly because it manages to contain most of the ill stuff that made him a household name, namely profane references to his mom, the shameless endorsement of drugs and alcohol (before rehab), eye-popping cartoon-y violence, and digs at his own fame. But with the sick humor comes even sicker skills over a you-wanna-keep-on-repeat stutter-step beat that sounds like a demented kiddie record for satanic Ritalin babies. Critics had a field day with the unabashed woman-bashing theme, but on an artistic level this joint was bubbling with creativity, even giving you three different hooks. And, of course, it ends with the memorable, smart-alecky "I'm just playin'" quote he later resurrected for the finale of "White America."