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20 of the Biggest First-Week Sales in Hip-Hop History

In hip-hop, bragging rights hold a lot of weight. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that rappers like to boast about their albums having huge first-week sales. “Get ya brakes tweaked, I sold what your whole album sold in my first week,” Jay-Z once rapped on his lethal diss record “Takeover.”

First-week sales weren’t always a big deal, but by the time hip-hop started to dominate the charts there became an increased interest in the amount of records a particular album sold within its opening week. 

Eminem is the reigning king of opening week sales. With the release of his sophomore album The Marshall Mathers LP, the “Rap God” smashed records for the biggest first-week sales in hip-hop. The album sold a whopping 1.7 million copies in seven days. One of the highest selling artists of all time, Em is responsible for six of the top 20 biggest first-weeks in history. His 2002 album, The Eminem Show is second on the list. Even his movie soundtracks sold a shitload of copies. 

Eminem’s protege, 50 Cent was also a big seller in his musical prime. His debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ to this day, has the biggest opening week for a debut rap album. He avoided the sophomore slump when his second album shattered records by moving over 1.1 million in only four days. First-week sales were such a big deal for 50 that he even battled Kanye West for supremacy in 2007. And although he lost to Ye, he still managed to sell just under 700k within a week’s time. 

The other Best Rapper Alive, Lil Wayne was also one of the top-selling artists during his peak. He did a milli in a week with 2008’s Carter III and almost did it again with the fourth installment in his Carter series.  

Drake, who was crowned the artist of the decade, is a G.O.A.T. due to his impact, hit songs and of course, records sold. Even though his most recent album Honestly, Nevermind barely did over 200k in its opening week, his previous album Certified Lover Boy, moved 600k in the same amount of time, and that was with only a week of promotion and without the release of any lead singles. His 2018 album, Scorpion did even better. And the album before that, Views crossed the million mark.  

DMX, Hov and The Notorious B.I.G. have also sold a bunch of records in a week’s span. But which of their albums have had some of the biggest first-week sales of all time? Here are 20 albums with the biggest first-week sales in hip-hop history.

1. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 1,760,000

Lead Singles: “The Real Slim Shady”

2. The Eminem Show (2004)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 1,322,000

Lead Singles: “Without Me”

3. The Massacre (2005)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 1,140,000

Lead Singles: “Disco Inferno” & “Candy Shop”

4. Views (2016)
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Artist: Drake

Sold: 1,075,000

Lead Singles: “Hotline Bling,” “One Dance” & “Pop Style”

5. Tha Carter IlI (2008)
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Artist: Lil Wayne

Sold: 1,006,000

Lead Singles: “Lollipop” & “A Milli”

6. Tha Carter IV (2011)
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Artist: Lil Wayne

Sold: 964,000

Lead Singles: “6 Foot 7 Foot,”  “John,”  “How to Love” & “She Will”

7. Graduation (2007)
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Artist: Kanye West

Sold: 957,000

Lead Singles: “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” & “Stronger”

8. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 872,000

Lead Singles: “In da Club”

9. Late Registration (2005)
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Artist: Kanye West

Sold: 860,000

Lead Singles: “Diamonds from Sierra Leone”& “Gold Digger”

10. Doggystyle (1993)
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Artist: Snoop Dogg

Sold: 803,000

Lead Singles: “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)”

11. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 792,000

Lead Singles: “Berzerk,” “Survival,” “Rap God” & “The Monster”

12. Scorpion (2018)
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Artist: Drake

Sold: 749,000

Lead Singles: “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What” & “I’m Upset”

13. Recovery (2010)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 741,000

Lead Singles: “Not Afraid”

14. Nellyville (2002)
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Artist: Nelly

Sold: 714,000

Lead Singles: “Hot in Herre”

15. Encore (2004)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 710,000

Lead Singles: “Just Lose It” & “Mosh”

16. 8 Mile Soundtrack (2002)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 702,000

Lead Singles: “Lose Yourself”

17. ..And Then There Was X (1999)
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Artist: DMX

Sold: 698,000

Lead Singles: “What’s My Name”

18. Curtis (2007)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 697,000

Lead Singles: “Amusement Park,” “Straight To The Bank,” “I Get Money” & “Ayo Technology”

19. Life After Death (1997)
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Artist: The Notorious B.I.G.

Sold: 690,000

Lead Singles: “Hypnotize”

20. Kingdom Come (2006)
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Artist: Jay-Z 

Sold: 680,000

Lead Singles: “Show Me What You Got”

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19 Rap Songs that Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

TikTok does it again! The popular social networking platform has helped catapult another song to the top of the Billboard charts. After a snippet of Jack Harlow’s latest single, “First Class” trended on TikTok, the full version upon its official release (April 8th) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The second single from his upcoming album, Come Home the Kids Miss You has been making noise outside of Tiktok also. With more than 10.6 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release, the single that samples Fergie’s Ludacris-assisted No. 1 hit “Glamorous” had one of the biggest single-day streams of the year on Spotify’s global chart. Currently the fastest selling single of 2022, the Louisville, Kentucky native’s latest hit moved more than 420,000 units in its opening week.

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In the history of the Billboard Hot 100, there have been 17 hip-hop songs that have debuted on top of the chart. These songs represent some of the biggest hits in hip-hop history. This significant achievement is a testament to not only how dope the songs are, but also the popularity of the artists (and producers) and behind them. Once a rare feat, debuting in the top spot has become more and more frequent over the last few years. There were 10 songs released since 2017 alone that spent their first week on Billboard’s singles chart in the No. 1 position. Drake has dropped several first-week-chart-toppers and so has Travis Scott. Here’s a look at all of the hip-hop hits that have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Jimmy Cooks” by Drake featuring 21 Savage

Debut Date: June 27, 2022

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  • “Wait For U” by Future featuring Drake & Tems

Debut Date: May 9, 2022

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Future landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the eight time with I Never Liked You. The album features tracks with Kanye West, Gunna and Young Thug. Pluto’s ninth album also features the Drake and Tems-assisted single, “Wait For U,” which also debuted in the top spot on the Billboard charts. The video for the song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 within seven days of its release racked up 5.7 million views in just four days.

  • “First Class” by Jack Harlow

Debut Date: April 18, 2022

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Jack Harlow has another smash hit on his hands. “First Class” is receiving love from all around the world. The song debuted at No. 1 in the US, as well as in New Zealand and Australia. It also debuted at No. 2 in several countries including the UK, Germany and Ireland.

  • “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake featuring Future and Young Thug

Debut Date: September 18, 2021

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The first official single from Drake’s Certified Lover Boy claimed the top spot on the Hot 100 after a massive streaming week “Way 2 Sexy” led the way on the single’s chart, while nine other CLB tracks occupied the top 10 slots on the chart, making Drizzy the first artist in history to do so. “Way 2 Sexy” became the 6 God’s ninth number-one and extended his reign as the rap star with the most No. 1 songs in history.

  • “Rapstar” by Polo G

Debut Date: April 24, 2021

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Polo G is leading the way as one of hip-hop’s next undisputed superstars. He further cemented his status in the game with “Rapstar,” his first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. With more than 77.7 million streams in its first seven days, the lead single to Polo’s first No. 1 album, Hall Of Fame, became an instant hit. 

  • “What’s Next” by Drake

Debut Date: March 20, 2021

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If in 2021, you wondered what was next for Drake, he had an answer for you: more hits! “What’s Next,” the lead single for his three-track, Scary Hours 2 ep, conquered the Hot 100 immediately after its release. While the high energy track landed at No. 1, the accompanying tracks “Wants and Needs,” featuring Lil Baby and the Rick Ross-assisted “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” occupied the No. 2 and 3 spots. Drake became the first artist ever to have three singles debut in the top three positions of the Hot 100.

  • “Franchise” by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and MIA

Debut Date: Oct. 10, 2020

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Travis Scott has been a franchise player for a while. The Cactus Jack head honcho was assisted by all stars Young Thug and MIA for “Franchise,” his third number-one debut. The hit single was at the time supposed to be the lead single for Scott’s fifth solo album, Utopia. Scott is the only artist to have three songs debut at number-one in less than a year.

  • “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Debut Date: Aug. 22, 2020

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What happens when two of the biggest female rappers of the moment come together? Well, when Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion connected for “WAP,” they almost broke the internet. Their bass heavy, sex-positive Balitimore club-inspired banger spent four week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. With the immediate success of “WAP,” Cardi became the first female rapper to chart a No. 1 in two decades. “WAP” was her fourth and Megan’s second chart-topping single.

  • “Trollz” by 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj

Debut Date: June 27, 2020

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Controversy sells and the career of 6ix9ine has been proof. For his single, the infamous rapper linked up with Nicki Minaj for a third time. The combination of controversy and lots of hype resulted in the tandems’ track debuting at No. 1. The track only spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • “The Scotts” by Travis Scott & Kid Cudi

Debut Date: May 9, 2020

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The legend known as Kid Cudi made his first appearance on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Scott’s,” the 2020 collab between him and Travis Scott. Following the huge debut of the single produced by Take A Daytrip, Dot da Genius and Plain Pat, Scott became one of only six artists in history to have multiple songs debut at No. 1.

  • “Toosie Slide” by Drake

Debut Date: April 18, 2020

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“Toosie Slide” became Drake’s third number-one debut on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as his seventh chart-topping song. The song named after social influencer, Toosie was the lead single from Drizzy’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape.

  • “Highest In The Room” by Travis Scott

Debut Date: Oct. 19, 2019

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The 2019 single brought in 59 million streams in its first week and was remixed by Lil Baby and Latin star Rosalia.

  • “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

Debut Date: May 19, 2018

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“This Is America” was the 31st song to spend its opening week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also Childish Gambino’s first chart-topping and top ten single. It went on to win four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap/Sung Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Music Video. “This Is America” became the first rap song to take home the Grammy trophies for both Record and Song of the Year.

  • “Nice for What” by Drake

Debut Date: April 21, 2018

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An ode to the independent women out there, “Nice for What” contained a sample of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” as well as vocals from Big Freedia. Upon its debut, it replaced “God’s Plan” in the No. 1 spot, making Drake the first artist in history to replace one No.1 debut with another No.1 debut. The hit song held down the top spot on Billboard’s single charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks.

  • “God’s Plan” by Drake

Debut Date: February 3, 2018

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Drake seemingly had a plan when it came to his 2018 album Scorpion. That plan was to rule the charts. “God’s Plan” was the first of several Scorpion singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100. The Grammy Award-winning song broke first-day streaming records on Spotify, as well as on Apple Music and became the most streamed song of 2018 for both Spotify and Apple Music.

  • “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

Debut Date: May 20, 2017

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DJ Khaled told us he had been grinding all his life. With “I’m The One,” the second single from his tenth album, Grateful, he finally reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song which has been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify also debuted in the top position on the UK Singles Chart.

  • “Not Afraid” by Eminem

Debut Date: May 22, 2010

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What hasn’t Eminem done? The megastar rapper broke several records through his lengthy career. His 2010 single was the first rap song in about 12 years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Boi-1da-co-produced track became Em’s second certified diamond single.

  • “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill

Debut Date: November 14, 1998

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One of the G.O.A.T. female rappers, Lauryn Hill shook up the game when she released her debut solo single, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The lead single from her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill became the first debut single to top the Hot 100 in its opening week. The two-time Grammy Award-winning song is also the first song by a female rapper to hit No. 1.

  • “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112

Debut Date: June 14, 1997

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The first rap song to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 was a tribute to the late and great Notorious B.I.G. “I’ll Be Missing You” featured Biggie’s wife Faith, as well as Bad Boy crooners 112. In the US, the single spent 11 weeks at No. 1, while it also landed in the top position in 15 countries around the world. To date, the Grammy Award-winning single is one of the top-selling songs of all time.

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A Guide To Eminem’s Best Songs Of All Time

Fresh off of performing ‘Forgot About Dre’ and ‘Lose Yourself’ at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show, it feels like the love for the Detroit legend is at its height in recent years. To celebrate the career of arguably the best rapper of all time, we’ve compiled a list of Eminem’s best songs. The only rule is that they have to be his song, meaning he can’t be a feature. Leaks have been taken into consideration.

Check out the list below and let us know what you think.

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1. ‘Beautiful’

This song gets somewhat lost in the conversation of other introspective Eminem songs and it also feels like an anomaly on Relapse, but the verses here tell one of the more important stories of Em’s career. The first two were written in 2005 when he was in the midst of his battle with drug addiction and they hit much harder when you know that.

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2. ‘Bully’

Diss tracks have been a staple for Em throughout his career, even as recently as ‘Killshot’ versus Machine Gun Kelly. It’s usually hard for those to make a list of a rapper’s best songs, but ‘Bully’ isn’t even the only song on here which takes aim at Benzino and Ja Rule. The mockery in Eminem’s tone here is great and his warnings feel stern as ever.

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3. ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet’

The relationship that Eminem has with some of his family has been well documented over his career and perhaps the most infamous example of his venting comes on ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet’ from The Eminem Show. Despite later saying the song makes him cringe and never performing it, the impact of this song’s anthemic chorus and venomous verses is unforgettable.

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4. ‘Crack A Bottle’

Released in February of 2009, ‘Crack A Bottle’ featuring 50 Cent and Dr. Dre eventually won the GRAMMY for Best Performance by a Duo or Group in the following year. Despite leaking a few weeks before its official release, it also broke the first week digital download record with 418k downloads.

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5. ‘Criminal’

Around the release of The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem was of course facing “picket signs for (his) wicked rhymes”, so his go-to response was to be as offensive as possible on the album’s closing track, ‘Criminal’. It’s certainly tongue-in-cheek, but that never stopped people disputing the song’s content. Either way, the song is held in high regard amongst Em’s fans.

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6. ‘Difficult’

Since the tragic murder of his best friend Proof in 2006, Eminem has dedicated just a few records to the Detroit legend, saying that nothing can really do him justice. One of them is ‘Difficult’, which leaked in 2010 a few years after it was made. It’s easily one of the best songs of Em’s long career and portrays the grief of losing someone close to you incredibly well. There’s a version with Obie Trice doing the chorus too, which works well with the verses.

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7. ‘Headlights’

The contrast between The Marshall Mathers LP and its 2013 sequel is vast in more ways than one, but one of the most potent lines you can draw is how Eminem’s attitude towards his mother changed from one album to its successor. On ‘Headlights’, he pours his heart out, admitting he regrets his earlier words about his mum and loves her from afar. In the context of Eminem and his growth, this song is an absolute gem and is only enhanced by its video.

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8. ‘Infinite’

Eminem’s first album was released in 1996 via Web Entertainment and is called Infinite. While the album doesn’t get a lot of shine on a mainstream level, the title track from it does get appreciated as a cult-classic amongst Eminem fans. Em has said that this is the best song from the album and called it “show your skill type of shit”. His multi-syllabic style is present in a more mellow way here.

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9. ‘Kill You’

After the mass success of The Slim Shady LP, critics proposed the question of what Eminem would rap about now, with his newfound stature. His direct response came on the first song on The Marshall Mathers LP when he rapped “they said I can’t rap about being broke no more, they ain’t say I can’t rap about coke no more”. Em is particularly vulgar on this song, simply to prove a point then he can do whatever he wants.

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10. ‘Like Toy Soldiers’

While Encore isn’t considered to be one of Eminem’s best albums, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have his bright spots. One of the highlights of the LP is ‘Like Toy Soldiers’, a rare show of maturity in beef from Em. Throughout the song, he displays his consciousness of the consequences of issues in Hip-Hop, citing Biggie and 2Pac’s deaths as examples of things taking a turn for the worse.

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11. ‘Lose Yourself’

Eminem’s biggest song is also arguably the most well-known Hip-Hop song of all time. It won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2002 and was performed at the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this month, getting an insane reaction. It spent more than six months in the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the 64 songs in history that has been certified Diamond (Eminem has three).

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12. ‘Marshall Mathers’

‘Marshall Mathers’ is a reflection on all of the chaos that The Slim Shady LP caused, including the fame, his mother’s lawsuit and comments from Vanilla Ice and Insane Clown Posse about him. He does a great job of portraying himself as someone who had success thrust upon him and didn’t know what to do with it.

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13. ‘Mockingbird’

‘Mockingbird’ from 2004’s Encore album is a letter from the rapper to his two daughters, acknowledging the crazy situation they’re in with their parents’ public feud, their father’s fame and their mother’s drug addiction. The second verse is a tear-jerker, especially when Em talks about not being able to afford Christmas presents one year and spending the night crying.

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14. ‘No Apologies’

Eminem Presents: The Re-Up is a compilation album that was released in 2006 that was generally seen a disappointment, sans ‘No Apologies’, an Eminem solo cut that resembled some of his best work. The beat is menacing and Em’s content is as unpredictable as either, both of which get wrapped up together with his vintage aggressive flow. Though it’s lesser-known, Em fans agree that this is one of his better songs ever.

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15. ‘No Love’

Not many songs on this list have features at all, let alone rappers with verses, but ‘No Love’ from Recovery is a gem of a collaboration between Eminem and Lil Wayne who have only been on the same song three times, with this song in addition to ‘Drop The World’ and Drake’s ‘Forever’. Em and Wayne trade a pair of phenomenal verses heightened by epic Just Blaze production. The song is ferocious and has us wanting another collaboration between the pair before they hang the gloves up.

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16. ‘Rap God’

‘Rap God’ is a 6-minute exposition of the idea that Eminem has ascended his status as a human in Hip-Hop. The track is pretty much a lyrical tirade from start to finish, with the emphasis being on Em’s speed in the J.J. Fad “summa-lumma, dooma-lumma” portion where he compares himself to Mr. Fantastic. 

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17. ‘Renegade’

Perhaps you see ‘Renegade’ and you’re confused about an Eminem feature making a list of his own best songs, but the original version of that JAY-Z song was actually a song by Royce 5’9” and Eminem, who make up the duo Bad Meets Evil. Em’s verses on this song were so good that we needed to include this version of the song that leaked on this list. Although it gets overstated how Eminem bodied Hov on the official version of the song, it must still be acknowledged that the term “renegade”, along with “stan”, has made it into the Hip-Hop dictionary regardless.

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18. ‘Sing For The Moment’

‘Sing For The Moment’ is a fan favourite amongst Em fans because on the record, he talks directly to them in spite of the critics wondering why he has fans. Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ chorus fits perfectly on here.

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19. ‘Stan’

‘Stan’ could easily make a top 10 list of the best Hip-Hop songs of all time, let alone the best of Eminem’s career. The way he slowly builds Stan’s rage only to turn the story onto its head by the end of the song doesn’t really lose its impact with every listen. It’s also impossible to ignore the fact that the song also birthed the word “stan”, which is used like it’s in the dictionary today.

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20. ‘The Real Slim Shady’

This single was birthed from there being a little label pressure for another ‘My Name Is’ kind of record and Em gave them just that. It’s one of the best examples of Em’s humour on records and him taking aim at celebrities, putting his own spin on real life scenarios. 

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21. ‘The Ringer’

The reception to Eminem’s Revival album was mixed, to put it kindly. The music and even guests on the album were criticised heavily and Em was conscious of the reaction. Less than a year after that album came Kamikaze, an attempt to stick a middle finger up at the critics while also giving fans what he thought they wanted. The opener, ‘The Ringer’, sums up the context well over production that fans wanted to hear Eminem over more than his previous work.

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22. ‘The Sauce’

‘The Sauce’ is a response to Benzino’s ‘Pull Your Skirt Up’ and of course plays off of the magazine that he was a co-owner of at the time, The Source. There’s no chorus and Em is relentless in one long verse here. The diss songs aimed at Benzino, especially this one, are credited with changing the perception of The Source to this day.

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23. ‘The Way I Am’

Some songs on here can certainly be debated, but this list wouldn’t be right without ‘The Way I Am’ on here. Em’s flow is harsh, relying on anapaestic tetrameter, which essentially describes which syllables he stresses and is a big reason for how pissed off he sounds on the song.

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24. ‘’Till I Collapse’

Though it was never officially released as a single, ‘’Till I Collapse’ gets love as one of Em’s best records around the world. The long introduction builds anticipation and Em comes in on the crescendo with his classic verse; “’till I collapse I’m spilling these raps”. Add Nate Dogg on the chorus and you have an all-time great record.

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25. ‘Welcome 2 Hell’

‘Welcome 2 Hell’ is the introduction to Eminem and Royce’s Hell: The Sequel album. The chemistry is at an all time high all over this album, but this song stands out as being particularly brutal. Both MCs put their best foot forward for arguably the best song on the album.

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26. ‘When I’m Gone’

On the heartfelt ‘When I’m Gone’, Eminem talks directly to his daughter and describes a dream he keeps having where he has to leave his family behind to go on tour. It haunts him and by the end, his daughters scold him for the decision to leave them. He wakes by the end and flips the meaning of the chorus in a beautiful way.

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27. ‘You Gon’ Learn’

This song appeared on side A of Music To Be Murdered By, making it one of the newest songs on the list. Both Eminem and Royce 5’9’ stand out on the song and deliver some of their more memorable verses in recent years between White Gold’s mellow hook.

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GRIP Talks New Album, Self Growth, and Eminem

GRIP catches up with Mike Boyd on this week’s Monday To Monday Podcast to discuss his new album, receiving an Eminem cosign, and his proudest moments. Be sure to tune in below!

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They start off the conversation talking about GRIP’s recently released album I Died For This!?, where Boyd asks why GRIP chose this album title. GRIP stated that you go through so much before you even start and who he is today is because an old version of himself died through his journey of self-growth. 

The song’s sixteen-song tracklist features artists such as Eminem, Royce Da 5’9”, Dead Cassettes, and many more. This album comes as GRIP’s debut album under Shady Records after it was announced that GRIP was signed just over a month ago. GRIP goes on to say that people don’t know what artists have to go through to get to the point where he is at, that there will always be naysayers, but now there is a new product on the shelf. 

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GRIP, also known as Kyle Clow by friends and family, is from Decatur, Georgia, a city northeast of Atlanta. GRIP and Boyd later go into detail about his first headlining show at Atlanta’s Aisle 5. He goes into further detail to explain that it took all of these years of hard work just to get to this point. 

When speaking on the project GRIP states that his favorite song on the album is “Con Man” because it’s a heartfelt song about personal growth and being able to pinpoint his own personal problems. GRIP also notes that there is a song with Dead Cassettes that is heavily influenced by rock and not hip-hop. 

This is important for GRIP’s career because he is devoting his artistry to displaying his talents and versatility in tandem rather than following mainstream norms. Grip goes on to say that it is so much more at this point in his career to bend different genres. Further stating that not everything has to be hip-hop or trap. Rather, the important thing is just making music you enjoy. 

Nearing the end of the episode, Boyd asks GRIP if there was anything that stood out to him during conversations with Eminem. He stated that you let everything come to you. Furthermore, he went on to explain the story of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” were once drinking all night and Eminem woke up with blonde hair, which stuck with Eminem from 1999 to 2004. GRIP continues to explain that you have to be yourself and everything will come your way. Finally, he says when it does happen, it will very quickly. 

Be sure to tune in to this episode for a deep dive of what is so special about GRIP!