Producer: Eminem
Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Ten years ago, Nas infamously remarked on "Ether" that Eminem had bodied Jay on his own shit. While that sentiment is surely debatable even now, there's no denying that Slim goes in with a fluid flow that's quite incredible on this celebrated collabo originally done by Em and Royce Da 5'9". For the remake, Jigga and Mr. Kiss My Ass let anybody within earshot know that they never been afraid to holler about anything. Anything? Anything. While they might not be scurred, the phantasmic production, which conjures up images of tortured ghosts floating in and out of your mind, sends chills down the spine. Em shocks with various religious barbs ("While I'm waving the pistol at 60 Christians against me/Go to war with the Mormons/Take a bath with Catholics in holy water/No wonder they try to hold me under longer"), it's Em's quip against uppity adults that stings the most ("I got nothing to do but make you look stupid as parents/You fuckin' do-gooders/Too bad you couldn't do good at marriage"). Ouch.