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The 50 Best Eminem Verses

50. “What’s The Difference” – Verse 3
Album: The Chronic 2001 (1999)
Best Line: “So what’s the difference between us? We can start at the penis/Or we can stream, ‘I just don’t give a fuck,’ and see who means it?”
Dre and Eminem have never ceased to amaze the fans with their chemistry. 2001 might very well be Dre’s last album and there most likely won’t be a 2013 version of “Forgot About Dre” dropping soon. What makes Em’s second guest appearance so special is what he says before his verse starts. Stopping the beat to speak about his loyalty to Dre, it’s a moment in time that could never be replicated. Of course, the subsequent onslaught of rhymes is vintage Em—attacking Kim and paying respects to the rap gods who put him on. You’re not going to find another duo like Dre and Em. –ED

49. “Roman’s Revenge” – Verse 2
Album: Pink Friday (2010)
Best Line: “Set up the camera and pissed twice on her/Look, two pees and a tripod!”
Nicki Minaj and Eminem toy with their alter-egos on Pink Friday’s most talked about collaboration. Roman Zolanski and Slim Shady go verse for verse and they don’t hold anything back. While Minaj is throwing shots at her rival Lil Kim, Em’s fires off lines about disrespecting a certain woman. Oh, how times haven’t changed. –ED

48. “Remember Me?” – Verse 3
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Best Line: “Sick, sick dreams of picnic scenes/Two kids, sixteen with M-16s and 10 clips each/And them shits reach through six kids each”
In a career built on spitting scalding acid, there are very few verses in his career that burn the skin quite like “Remember Me?” After facing backlash for his violent lyrics in the wake of the Columbine school shooting, Em takes the time to lyrically dance on the grave of those who would foolishly blamed him for a tragedy. –BS

47. “Love The Way You Lie” – Verse 3
Album: Recovery (2010)
Best Line: “Maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a volcano/All I know is I love you too much to walk away though”
The massive track—his highest-selling single to date—about domestic violence and abusive relationships hits an almost unbearable crescendo in the third verse. While it may not have the most classic lines in the song—that distinction falls to the first verse’s “I can’t tell you what it really is/I can only tell you what it feels like/And right now it’s a steel knife in my windpipe,” or maybe the final words of the second verse: “But you lied again/Now you get to watch her leave out the window/Guess that’s why they call it window pain”—but it’s the most hopeless, and maybe that’s what makes it the most memorable. He spends the first 14 bars begging her to come back, only to undo absolutely everything with that final couplet—”I know I’m a liar, if she ever tries to fucking leave again/I’ma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire.” –DR

46. “Sing For The Moment” – Verse 3
Album: The Eminem Show (2002)
Best Line: “Music is reflective of self, we just explain it/And then we get checks in the mail, it’s fucked up, ain’t it?”
Throughout hip-hop history, there have been plenty of instances of MCs trying to explain what the genre is and what it should be. But none have explained its significance in relation to its fans as well as Em did on the Aerosmith-sampling “Sing For The Moment.” Its third verse, where Em raps about kids who “don’t have a thing…except for a dream and a fucking rap magazine,” is instantly relatable for anyone who fell in love with hip-hop for not only its music, but also for its ability as a coping mechanism. –RJ

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