Producer: Eminem
Album: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile
Label: Shady/Interscope
Don't let the title fool you. "Love Me" is not exactly a Valentine's Day recommendation. This is a song about the bitches who get played, the fake rappers who get slayed. The sleek, seductive, and nonsentimental production with the lusty female sung chorus makes this just the right thing to listen to during the drive to that next booty call. The macho men all have their say: the underrated Obie with his get-paid philosophy and Eminem boasting of a stillmatic flow, while a prime 50 closes the show with volcanic, slow-burning heat, taking a poke at a who's who of early '00s R&B and rap stars: "I ain't gonna front, I thought R. Kelly was tha shit/Let me find out he fucking 'round with Bow Wow bitch... I'm convinced, man, something really wrong with these hoes/I thought Lil' Kim was hot then she start fucking with her nose/Used to listen to Lauryn Hill and tap my feet/Then the bitch put out a CD that didn't have no beats." Hot damn. Fuck a rap blog, hip-hop music used to have the best opinions.