Missouri-born, Detroit-bred hip-hop superstar, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eminem[/lastfm], or Marshall Bruce Mathers III, celebrates his 39th birthday today. For the last two decades, Mathers has intensely pursued his music career and reached massive, worldwide success.
In honor of Mr. “Slim Shady,” father, and Dr. Dre’s BFF, we’ve made a list of the Top 10 Eminem Songs For His 39th Birthday.
1o. “The Real Slim Shady”
From his third studio album, 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, “The Real Slim Shady” wasn’t originally on the album, but Interscope label head, Jimmy Iovine, wanted Eminem to have an “introduction” song for his album.
9. “Not Afraid”
The first single from his most recent album, Recovery, “Not Afraid” won Best Rap Solo Performance at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
8. “When I’m Gone”
Eminem released “When I’m Gone” on his hits album before he decided to take a musical hiatus.
A poignant ballad, “Beautiful” was the beginning of Eminem showcasing his social and personal consciousness as opposed to the fun, feisty “Slim Shady.”
6. “My Name Is”
The debut single from his major label debut album, “My Name Is” is essentially the song that made Eminem famous.
5. “Forgot About Dre”
Although considered a Dr. Dre song, Eminem’s verses on “Forgot About Dre” are prominent and considered by many critics to be some of his best.
4. “Without Me”
If you recognize the vibe of “Without Me” as sounding like another Eminem song, you would be right. “Without Me” was written as a “sequel” to Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady.”
3. “Love The Way You Lie”
Featuring Rihanna, “Love The Way You Lie” won Top Rap Song at the Billboard Music Awards and was nominated for five Grammys.
2. “Lose Yourself”
“Lose Yourself” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Eminem’s movie 8 Mile.
Utilizing a gorgeous Dido sample, “Stan” became one of the first Eminem songs to reach huge international success and is listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
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