Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Label: Aftermath, Shady, Interscope
The opening seconds of “Legacy” will have you thinking Dido teamed up with Eminem again (she didn’t, that’s actually Paulina singing) but the actual rapping clearly sounds like a new Eminem. “Legacy” is a unique entry in Eminem’s catalog because it shows an emotional growth that Eminem didn’t always seem capable of. He shoveled shit his entire life and often seemed unable to forgive his mother, his detractors, and ultimately himself for everything he had been through. Yet on “Legacy” he finally finds Eminem able to appreciate his great gift, even if it came at a great expense, “I used to be the type of kid that would always think the sky is falling/Now I think the fact that I'm differently wired's awesome/Cause if I wasn't I wouldn't be able to work/Words like this and connect lines like crosswords.” Like Kanye said, it’s cliche to say that great art comes from great pain. But great art definitely comes from great artists.