Eminem Has Best Verse on “Forever” Determines XXL Pollers

Since hitting the net last week, hip-hop fans have been debating on who has the best verse on “Forever,” the star-studded collaboration between Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem. XXLMag.com put up a poll last Thursday (August 27) to bring the debate online to our readers…and the results are in.

After five days and close to 3500 votes, fans have selected Em for the top spot. The Detroit lyricist dominated the poll, earning 69 percent of the readers’s votes. Coming in second is Drizzy Drake, racking up 13 percent and Kanyeezy with 10 percent of the votes. Readers ranked Lil Wayne’s verse as the least favorite, with only 8 percent.

The poll results are similar to the opinion of frequent Drake collaborator and “Forever” producer Boi-1da. In a recent interview with XXL the Toronto beatmaker said it was a toss up between Shady and Drake. “Really it’s between Drake and Eminem,” he said. “I’ve never seen anybody hold up on a song with Eminem, like usually Eminem blows out. Drake’s my dude, and he’s my favorite rapper, but knowing Eminem I thought he was gonna blow by everybody, but Drake came strong. It’s like a toss up. And like that’s never been done before, I never heard a toss up between Eminem, it’s always just Eminem cause he’s a monster.”

Fans can purchase the song, which will be featued on the soundtrack to the upcoming LeBron James documentary, More Than a Game, on iTunes shortly. –Max G

  • lol

    I thought Drakes verse could of been better but the winner of the poll is without a doubt what keeps this song heard even untill now if it was just drake and wayne well everyone would just hear it and move right along to a new track from someone else and by the way FIRST!!…

    • joe p

      was this even a question lol … wayne is the same thing everytime, kanye just blows these days , and drake just sounds like kanye and wayne mixed lol … shady flow is unmatchable

      • NAWLEDGE

        Of course Em won. DUHHHHHHH. Was this even a debate?

    • sj81

      What did eminem say in his verse that was like WOW!!!

      • robwodoy

        He ain’t had a real buzz like this since the last time that he overdosed
        They’ve been waiting patiently for Pinocchio to poke his nose
        Back into the game and they know
        Rap will never be the same as before
        Bashing in the brains of these hoes
        And establishing a name as he goes
        The passion and the flame is ignited
        You can’t put it out once we light it
        This shit is exactly what the fuck that I’m talking about when we riot
        You dealin’ with a few true villains
        Whose stand inside of the booth truth spillin’
        And spit true feelings, until our tooth fillings come flying up out of our mouths
        Now rewind it!

  • Silly Chilly Willy

    Cool…but did we really need a vote for this ?

  • Lloyd Sedio

    This is proof that good hip hop prevails over bubble gum hip hop n that Aftermath still has more power in the game, 50′s album will be proof of that

  • http://-- gaddic

    “Competition for me competition is Nas, Eminem”- Jay-z
    None of these cats are close to eminem’s skills and he showed it
    is it strange or doesn’t em go his hardwst on a collab when his collaborators are hyped-up and in the spotlight
    (eg. renegade(Jay-z & nas beef)

    Patiently waiting(when the whole world was dick-riding a bulletproof mc)

    what’s the difference( Dr. dre’s hype return after a 7year hiatus-everyone wanted The Doc’s musical medicine)

    • Chris S

      add Don’t Approach Me with Xzibit to your list.

      i think he just likes to remind everyone that he’s the King. he references this on Warrior Pt.2…another guest appearance he kills

      • jburg

        You forgot, “we all die one day”. Though 50 did go off on that track too. Off Obie Trice’s “Cheers”

  • roz

    lol drake keeping up with eminem get the hell out of here with that shit! drake and wayne have the same style of rapping shits geting old.drake needs to go back to degrassi lol.

  • the truth

    did u even look on itunes? it’s not there, so don’t make shit up next time you write an “article”

  • Dr Flav

    Seriously this is in the news section? A article about a opinion poll results, from one verse of a mediocre song? This is blantant nut huggin, there is no journalism involved here I see. I guess you got keep the bakers of your bread buttered up.

  • tronthadon

    Thats cool but where are the results for the best hook man..did nate dog win that cuz he should of..fuck akon and t-pain thier shit is hot but nate shit is classic

  • KILA

    When did we vote on this? Drake & Wayne’s mixtape verses were better from the Young Moula Baby mixtape.

    In My Opinion…

  • alderman j

    Is it because he used the most multi sylable words???? LMAO!!! That is hilarious, the song is overrated, its ok, but its no smash, i havent listened to it since friday, em did ok, but DRAKE, and KANYE worked the track. What did EM say that put him over the top, and dont give me no MULTI SYLABLE garbage. What was so special, somebody school me??????? Is this a case of since he is a white boy rapping everything is multiplied by 10! Something i notice, if em doesnt have an album out no one puts him up there as one of the greatest, he doesnt have staying power, its all about shock value”did he really just say that” but the lyrics themselves dont move me after i hear them for the first time?

    • GregSIDE

      Come on? Playin’ the race card? Really? Fuckin’ Hater? Are you mad that Tiger Woods is the best Golfer too? Till somebody else (white or black) takes it to another level it’s always gonna be Em,Jay,Pac,B.I.G, or Nas. Well I dont know? Less face it(Hell I hate sayin’ it) but B.I.G is slowly slippin down the list of Greats. Which is a fuckin shame, but he didn’t record like Pac.

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  • DV8

    this track is not that hot. S.L.U. > Forever
    Personally I liked Kanye’s verse the best.

  • Keith

    EM TOOK OUT JAYZ ON HIS OWN JOINT, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK HE CANT DO IT TO A NEWCOMER? AND FUCK LIL WAYNE!!

  • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

    man get the fuck outta here with that stupid ass white boy conspiracy bullshit.quit hatin.the results are in 69% compared to drakes measly second which was 13%.man up quit hatin start congratulatin.its been proven time and time again,by fans and mcs (some of the best mcs).that eminem is a force to be reckoned with.he is a beast period point blank.if you dont agree then fine.if you tear him down you obviously dont listen to him closely enough to know why he is highly reguarded as one of the best to ever touch a mic.to say he doesnt have staying power is one of the worst comments i ever read.here it is 2009.he has been here since 97.id call that stayin power.not to mention he is still relevant.he’d fart and make the whole world listen.thats the grip he has on hip hop.he was on hiatus and people where still anxious to here where he was at and what new music he had up his sleeve.like i said earlier.get the fuck outta here.back up your hate with some valid facts.

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    People are so quick to defend these new dudes based on $ and sales, yet are quick to dismiss Em, who has more than these new dudes, on the same arguments. Must be the skin color.

  • Killa Flame

    im sorry but i think wayne had the best verse… people just dont understand his… and for drake i think he had the weakest cuz he always come the same way with big pauses and long notes… I like kanye his was pretty fie (offspring lol) and em’s verse was fie … nut I just think wayne had the best (I want this forever wake up and smell the garden)phew!!!

  • JUICE

    EM IS COOL BUT 2 ME KANYE WENT IN THE HARDEST. AFTER LISTENING HOW COULD YOU NOT BELIEVE KANYE DIDNT KILL THAT TRACK & HE WENT IN 2ND WITH NO CARE OF WHO WAS FOLLOWING HIM UP. YOU CLOWNS KILL ME WITH THIS EM IS THE BEST SHIT. LISTEN TO THE MUSIC……I CANT WAIT TILL ANDRE 3000 APPEARS ON A TRACK WITH EM AND SLAUGHTERS HIM

  • loly

    I thought Kanye west was good something different from him he came real dirty but i knew that everyone was going to vote for eminem

  • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

    andre 3000 kill em.man you must be smokin.his shit is all over the place.not to mention he is all caught up in that gay ass appearance he dons.i like him dont get me wrong,but i think he is way over rated.his best shit was his early shit.he regressed in my opinion.eminem may put him in his top favorites.but i seriously dont think so.your stupid if you dont think eminem stands right beside legends like pac,big,nas,and rakim.if you wanna know why andre hasnt got on a track with em yet.its logic.if and when he does.he will have to step his game up.these guys on this track forever with eminem are suppossed to be the best of the current generation of rapppers.they didnt fare very well at all.but let me guess,im sure alot of people will think the polls where rigged right?the hate kills me.im done defending him.sales,fan reaction,tons of props from the greats them selves all speak for how crazy this dude is with his skills.class diss missed.

  • ILLWILL

    Em did not have the best fucking verse, do u niggas know music, he had the best flow, but drake and kanye bars was much better!

  • Toya

    Em had the best verse and that’s not just because he’s my favorite rapper. It’s because he did something different. Something that I’ve only heard him do a couple times before. He could have easily done the usual (which I would have no problem with becase c’mon, why waste talent on those 3?) but he decided to add some spice.

    Personally I think it’s laughable that people think Em only gets respect because he’s white. Like he’s Elvis. C’mon. He’s doing hip-hop. I’m sure he had to go through more crap than Elvis ever had to endure just to gain such mad respect from black people. And this is coming from someone that is black.

  • Escobar9300

    Well no kidding XXL. Hellen Keller could have told you Eminem was the best verse on that track. Kanye was the only one who came close to Em and he still got smashed hard. Wayne and Drake sounded super bunk. I’m honestly going to puke if I have to hear Wayne call himself a Martian again. 2009 Punchline rappers = FAIL.

  • J

    if u dont think em had the best verse u dont know shit and ur taste in rap is fucking shit

  • F**keminem

    have yall listen to em verses that shit sucked his was the worst and niggas i know rap the old em can spit new em sucks niggas know drake and wayne killed kanye aight

    • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

      your fuckin retarded.obviously you havent listened to stay wide awake or beautiful off of relapse.yes relapse was one of his weaker cds.but all and all the cd had some of his best shit on it in years.the cd was just unbalanced.half good the other half not so good.

      • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

        “when my flow starts-i compose art-like the ghost of mozart-some say they’re real-but i know that most arent” get your flu shots ‘shits sick

  • nelson perez

    “You dealin with a few true villians/ who stand inside of the booth true spillin/ and spit true feelins until our tooth feelins come flyin up out of our mouths now rewind it” that line alone from EM shits on the whole track.. try to fuckin rap that

  • http://thisismarlow.blogspot.com MarloW.

    Em had the best flow but Drake had the best verse as far as memorable lines because so far no one has quoted one line from Em’s verse, here’s a hint on why….you guys are sucking his dick nuff said take that and wear it.

    • savagejabs

      Em had the best flow/Best verse period.and i dont know about all that memorable drake verse.I just dont feel that at ALL.So lets ask this question.Who would these dudes rappin on this track think killed it?Its just easy to see who made the song is all im saying. that should be enough.

  • Don Dutch

    My Top 5

    1.Tupac
    2.Nas
    3.Jadakiss
    4.Eminem
    5.Snoop

    thats a strong top 5 so you WILL have to agree with me

  • Ali

    Eminem won!?!!? Nothing gets past us, guys lol

  • Lokepatrol

    I got pennies for my thoughts now i’m rich

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Give Em an inch & he will murder u in ur own sh*t.
    Reminds me of Canibus niggas neva’ wanted 2 b’ in the same song with him.

  • G4

    no surprises eminem verse is something sick, iam a producer and rapper , the way eminem is rapping its fucking no denying that that dude is fucking mic killer, common guys he can change his flow any time and always gonna be fire, respect

  • maCaso

    Alderman J, Your G&y – Plain and simple!

    Eminem was the best on it!
    Kanye West 2nd
    Lil Wayne 3rd
    & Drake 4th, either way they all went in hard

  • DUDE

    I CANT WAIT TILL SHADY ANSWERS BACK RICK ROSS…..I CAN FEEL IT COMING….

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  • toni davis

    eminem did kill it but im goin wit kanye west imean -igot old money benjamin button-who else would even think ov that-drake did o.k i guess-wanye is slowly falling off i see him on the crash nd burn type of artist- but pleez stop ridin ems nutz-he’s good nd is unmatch by a lot of artist-but kanye once again-juz lyk swagger lyk uz takes the cake

  • http://xxlmag.com DaLegendaryT

    U cant spit wit Eminem…he killed jay-z on jays own shit

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  • balaramesh

    the song is pretty average. drake and em appeared to be the only ones that tried to do somethin. at least everyone agrees that wayne was his usual horrible self

  • REAL TALK

    BEST VERSE TO WORSE VERSE

    1 KANYE
    2 EMINEM
    3 DRAKE
    4 WAYNE

  • HaaaaaaHaaaaaa

    EM shitted on these 3 amateurs!

    This producer is just trying to lie his ass off cause hes cool with Gay ass Drake. Deep down he knows that EM bodied all of them easily!

    E=mc2

  • mac

    i would agree with producer em almost always always kills who he’s on the track with but not every time i think T.I. out shined him on touchdown? as for this song errybody killed it. i even really like the way wayne came on this track. I hate to say it because kanye’s probably like my favorite rapper but his might have been my least favorite (sorry ye) not because of the lyrics (stuck my dick in this bitch called life until she came, unreal) just because of the way he did it.

  • joseph

    There they go, back in stadiums,
    as Shady spits his flow,
    nuts they go, macadamia they go so balistic yo,
    we can make them look like boso’s,
    he’s wondering if he should spit this slow,
    f-ck no go for broke,
    his cup just runneth over oh no
    he aint had a buzz like this since the last time he overdosed,
    they’ve been waiting patiently for Pinnochio to poke his nose,
    back into the game and they know,
    rap will never be the same as before,
    bashing in the brains of these hoes,
    and establishing a name as he goes,
    the passion and the flame is ignited,
    you can’t put it out once we light it,
    this sh-t is exactly what the f-ck i’m talking about when we riot,
    you dealin with a few true villians
    whose staying inside of the booth truth spillin,
    lyrics courtesy of killerhiphop.com
    and spit true feelings, til our tooth fillings come flying up out of our mouths
    now rewind it
    payback muthaf-cka for the way you got at me so how’s it taste?
    when I slap the taste out your mouth with the bass so loud that it shakes the place,
    i’m hannibal lecter so just in case your thinking of saving face,
    you aint gonna have no face to save by the time Im through with this place,
    so Drake….
    the best

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  • cnote024

    Actually Em’s flow was… we’ll if u know anything about recording Em punched in on just about every bar this was not done in 3 or 4 takes he edited it so much U cant hear him gasp for breath kina like cheating even though I know he would still eat all them alive..He didnt do so much to drake..

  • matty21

    i’m feelin all of da verses, i think waynes was real good sht also…..but boy-1da saying dat toss up has never been done before, i’m not too sure bout dat…he’s correct for da most part, but in my opinion: em didn’t blow any1 out of da water on his collabo wit t.i. on “touchdown”… tip came hard on dat sht 4sure and in nooo way was he out-shined by eminem on dat particular song….boy-1da need to study his history a lil better, n i think his opinion may have been a lil’ biest too becuz he said it himself dat drake is his favorite rapper, so of course he gonna say dats never been done before on a collabo wit eminem…n i’m not usually da person dat says who did better den sum1 else on a song becuz every1 n everything plays a part in a song and plays a part in da message da song is supposed to get out(especially on forever, dey all kill it in my opinion)…i think tip got eminem on “touchdown” tho 4sure, but dats not wat its bout in my opinion neway…..u colab becuz those particular artists are the ones for the song and all give the song its feel, da artists complement each other….

    • matty21

      Drizzy on da chorus is da sht too, he killed it…i actually like it better when he puts da melodies to sht better den just da rapping

  • Pyro

    Actually Em did rly rap dat shit maybe not completely but he overall like 95 percent did cuz he performed his verse live…….yea he did youtube it

  • Jason

    EMINEMS FLOW WAS GOOD
    BUT WHAT WAS SO WOW ABOUT HIS LYRICS ?
    DRAKES VERSE WAS GOOD
    KANYE AND WEEZY COULD HAVE DONE BETTER
    BUT WEEZY CAN SAY ANYTHING ON A TRACK
    AND GET AWAY WITH IT CAUSE HIS WEEZY
    AND PEOPLE WILL JUST LET HIM GET AWAY
    WITH IT
    FUCKERSSS

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t think the poll was necessary, cause Em is always a monster and blows past almost all rappers. The lyrics in his verse are awesome, and you can see his obvious skills in delivery and speed that he always brings to his songs. “He can make them look like bozos, he’s wonderin’ if he should spit this slow ” I still liked Drake, Kanye, and Weezy’s verses though, just in comparison to Em I found them reallyyy lacking.

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    everything is shady

  • EMFAN

    No voting needed….Shady’s the best!!
    Seriously, he spits the best….Just watch 8 mile and it will clear all your doubts