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Eminem’s Best Live Performances

“Lose Yourself” Featuring Proof, 2003 Grammy Awards
People were still riding off the fumes of Eminem’s semi-biopic 8 Mile and its flagship single “Lose Yourself.” When Em arrived at the Grammy’s to deliver the song/performance, he came with the late Proof and danced in the lime green lights on the stage as he rhymed with the passion of a battle rapper about to approach the platform. That’s the beauty of a song like “Lose Yourself.” Performing it live can feel like the first time you’re performing, every time you perform it.

Live Rap Battle Circa 1994
If this doesn’t scream 8 Mile, then what does? Like the title states, this was the battle that put Eminem directly on the radar. He’s a total chatterbox as he sizes up his competition and chops him right back down. For an artist who was bred from the battleground, it’s no wonder why Em is so good at delivering punchlines off the top. He was born to do it.

“Forgot About Dre” Featuring Dr. Dre, Boston Up In Smoke Tour 2001
Okay, so this is Dr. Dre’s song. Sure, but what would “Forgot About Dre” be without Em’s ricocheting hook? Somehow a whole song that’s supposed to be about remembering Dr. Dre results in us forgetting about him because of his protégé. The Up In Smoke Tour had a whole audience full of pleasantly stoned fans, but Eminem brought everyone back to life once he hopped on stage to deliver this one.

“Love The Way You Lie” / “I Need A Doctor” Featuring Rihanna, Dr. Dre, and Skylar Grey, 2011 Grammy Awards
When Eminem dropped Recovery in 2010, he offered two singles with two intoxicating hooks. The writer of both? Skylar Grey, who gave Rihanna’s chops a chance on “Love The Way You Lie” and brought her own vocals to the table for “I Need A Doctor.” As both songs were performed side-by-side live during the Grammy’s, it was arguably Skylar’s moment. She was the reason people remembered those songs, and Eminem didn’t forget that. Cut to the end of the performance, where Skylar stands alone on stage singing, getting that moment she probably hoped for since her days as Holly Brooks.

“Mockingbird,” Madison Square Garden NYC 2005
We mentioned the entire concert a few slides back, but if you don’t have that kind of time then at least check out the part where Em performs “Mockingbird.” His voice breaks at the beginning of the song, proving he has human emotions. Kidding, we already knew that, but it’s interesting to witness a vulnerable moment on stage, once Shady went to discuss his daughter. Some things you just can’t hide beneath a rugged exterior and a couple of fart jokes.

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