Producer: Bass Brothers
Album: The Slim Shady LP
Label: Aftermath/Interscope
"Rock Bottom," a gritty look at the lifestyles of the poor and dangerous, is more relevant now than when it was written. The recession ain't no joke, and Eminem ain't crackin' any either on this grim first-person account of a minimum-wage worker who is "'bout to burst this tec at somebody to reverse this debt." A dozen years later, Eminem lives in a mansion with an elevator in it, but the hurt is so alive in his voice on "Rock Bottom" that you can bet he has not forgotten the days when he felt "discouraged, hungry, and malnourished / living in this house with no furnace, unfurnished."