Today is Marshall Mathers’ 49th birthday. Next year, Slim Shady will be 50 years old. Imagine that?
So in her honor, tonight’s Sunday Night Sample will be one of the best songs in her catalog which unfortunately was not presented as an official single.
Although not promo’d as a single, it is one of Eminem’s greatest commercially songs of his career.
“‘Till I Collapse” was featured on Eminem’s 2002 album The Eminem show. In 2018, the track, which featured the one and only Nate Dogg, was certified 5 times Platinum by the RIAA, and today it’s one of Em’s most-listened songs on Spotify.
In the song’s second verse, he famously raps who he says are the best rappers of all time. This list goes in descending order and begins with Redman followed by Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious BIG, Andre 3000, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Nas and ends with himself.
So while you’re at it try to get as much shit as possible
And when your run is over, just admit when it’s over
Cause I’m on my nerves with half the shit coming in
I have a list, here is the order of my list in which it is
It’s okay: Reggie, Jay-Z, 2Pac and Biggie
André d’OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas, and then me
But in this industry I am the cause of a lot of envy
Listen intently to the song’s double beat drums and the beat of the applause and you can hear the drums of Queen’s legendary “We Will Rock You”.
How Eminem and Aftermath managed to erase that is one of those things you can actually do when you’re one of the biggest names in the world, with monstrous album budgets. It must have cost a pretty penny, which makes you wonder even more why it wasn’t released as a single.
Happy birthday to Mr. Mathers.
ps – if you want to break through a wall, hit the 50 Cent remix. This song + a verse from the 50s when he was briefly the best rapper in the game will draw attention to every hair on your neck.