Producer: Eminem, Luis Resto
Album: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile
Label: Shady/Interscope
No hooks—just intense bars after bars after bars over a pressure cooker of track as Eminem embodies Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, the lead character of 8 Mile, who struggles with writer's block. The creative short circuit that everyone who puts pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) eventually faces is explored here, with relentless attention paid to detail. Rabbit tries to psyche himself up ("Goosebumps, yeah, I'ma make your hair sit up," he says to an imaginary audience in his head), but then cold reality sets in as he tries to write: "Can't think of nothing, fuck I'm stumped/But wait! Here comes something/Nope! It's not good enough." Frustrated beyond belief, he angrily tears the paper from his notebook, that ripping sound jumping out of speakers like a wild tiger. Rabbit is so mad he can Hulk-smash the desk, but he's also desperate to break out of the slump. Leave it to the man who has reached the heights of writing to bring you the lowest depths as well.