Producer: Eminem
Album: The Eminem Show
Label: Shady/Aftermath/Interscope
When Em wants to, he can go in—like all the way in—on an opponent. On "Square Dance," a head-nodder that grows on you the more you listen to it, he addresses the long-simmering beef with Canibus by stirring the pot just a lil' bit, with a pinch of saltiness here and there. It's clearly just a warning composed of a couple of small-time disses (although the military talk in the second verse may or may not be subliminally aimed at 'Bis, who joined the Army in '02), as Em spends most of his time on this practice drill flexing skills. And flex he does, riding the futuristic carnival beat as if it were a rowdy mechanical bull and he was a bad-ass cowboy played by a young Clint Eastwood. Speaking of bull, the Bush administration's bullshit catches a few lumps as Em uses some of his influence to get the young generation to rethink senseless wars. And speaking of wars, Slim reminds 'Bis one mo' time that he's not worried about him at all by finishing off with a derogatory imitation of him. (Oh, and the super-quick rap impressions of Dr. Dre, Nas, Xzibit, and Busta Rhymes are on-point, yo.)