Awesome / Eminem

  • Beating U2 for Best Original Song at the 75th Academy Awards.
    • Lose Yourself became the first rap song to win an Oscar.
  • Performing at the Grammys with the biggest gay entertainer alive as a Take That! to people who said he was homophobic.
  • Not Afraid is an apology to the people he's wronged and a denouncement of the people who put words into his mouth, not to mention a pledge to be a better person.
    And I just can't keep living this way
    So starting today
    I'm breaking out of this cage
    I'm standing up, I'ma face my demons
    I'm manning up, I'ma hold my ground
    I've had enough, now I'm so fed up
    Time to put my life back together right now
  • When Benzino and hip-hop magazine the Source responded to his disses by digging into his past and finding a tape where he said something racist about black women, did he diss them back? No... rather, he sued them for defamation of character, got millions of dollars, and Benzino and David Mayes got fired from the Source, which lost almost all credibility. That said, Em did diss Benzino a few times, most notably with "Bully", "The Sauce" and "Nail in the Coffin" - and all three songs are downright brutal.
  • Much of Hell: The Sequel for showcasing how fast Em can rap. The album also shows that, despite—or perhaps because of—Eminem sobering up, his Slim Shady persona is now in top form, in all its hilarity and craziness.
  • Carrying out the very complicated multi-syllable rhyme scheme for the entire first verse of "3 AM".
    You're walking down a horror corridor
    It's almost four in the morning and you're in a nightmare, it's horrible
    Right there's the coroner, waiting for ya
    To turn the corner so he can corner ya, you're a goner, he's onto ya
    Out the corner of his cornea, he just saw ya run
    All ya want is to rest cause you can't run anymore, you're done
    All he wants is to kill you in front of an audience
    While everybody is watching in the party, applauding it
    Here I sit while I'm caught up in deep thought again
    Contemplating my next plot again, swallowing a Klonopin
    While I'm noddin' in and out on the ottoman
    • And it keeps going from there.
  • On the more emotional side of awesome, the lines in "Cold Wind Blows" where God is talking to Slim Shady may well send a chill down your spine:
    "This is for your sins, I cleanse you
    You can repent, but I warn you,
    If you continue
    To Hell I send you"
    And just then, the wind blew
  • "Renegade" in general is a crowning moment of awesome. It's the only guest spot on "The Blueprint", he blows Jay-Z out of the water so bad, that to this day people assume it's Em's song featuring Jay-Z, and it set Marshall on the fast track to be considered one of the G.O.A.T.
    • Speaking of guest spots, there's also his spot on Drake's "Forever". Skip to 4:50 for his part. Eminem has one verse on a song with Drake, Kanye West and Lil Wayne and manages to outshine them all. Em's verse was so good that there's rumours the other rappers rewrote their parts to try and match him, and he still beat them.
  • One line in "Sing For The Moment" where Em gives one argument that kills one huge criticism of him.
    If it's all political
    and my music is literal
    and I'm a criminal
    How the FUCK can I raise a little girl?
  • "Rap God", which is a great showcase of Eminem's insane technical skills. When he says that "lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed", he isn't kidding.
  • Let us not forget the opening to the second verse of the track that defined a legend, "The Real Slim Shady."
    Will Smith don't gotta cuss in his raps to sell records
  • Even some of those who don't care for Eminem will admit that "Stan" is brilliant.
  • "Low Down, Dirty" was pretty much Slim Shady's Establishing Character Moment.
  • How does Em decide to enter Instagram?
  • "Brain Damage" from The Slim Shady LP is so compelling from a storytelling standpoint that one might gloss over the fact that he managed to fit the phrase "orange juice" into a four-bar rhyme scheme.
  • "Bad Guy", the opening track to MMLP2, which serves as the sequel to "Stan" and, like its predecessor, features Em's masterful in-character storytelling. Matthew, Stan's kid brother mentioned in the eponymous track, is now a teen hell-bent on revenge for what he feels was Eminem's responsibility in Stan's death. On a meta level, it serves as sort of a confessional that perhaps an Older and Wiser Eminem is a bit conflicted about some of the things that ended up on his albums from years ago, which seems to be a running theme in several places through this album. The last two minutes of the track are nothing short of spine-tingling and widely seen as one of the best verses Em's written in years.
  • On the day after April Fool's Day 2015, Em added annotated selections to his full catalog on Rap Genius as well as music from other rappers. It's safe to say that the site lost its shit (just read the comments).
  • Equal parts CMOA and CMOF; according to one interviewer, Lil Wayne was sent by God to teach people how to rap. Eminem was confused...
  • His long-awaited guest appearance on the Tech N9ne song Speedom (WWC2). Tech and Kalliko are definitely not amateurs in the field of speed, but Eminem outshines them because he just snaps, and manages to make Rap God look slow by comparison.
  • During the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, Marshall spits a four-and-a-half minute freestyle devoted entirely towards his views on President Trump, and he doesn't sugarcoat anything. Highlights include Em comparing Trump to a kamikaze about to start a nuclear holocaust, shouting out Colin Kaepernick, and criticizing Trump's overall lack of action towards the people suffering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Las Vegas mass shooting (which was considered to be the deadliest in US history), trying to distract the public from the previously mentioned disasters, and his somewhat hypocritical stance as a world leader after criticizing Hillary and Obama for doing things that he now does as president. And at the end, Marshall gives his own fans an ultimatum: himself or Trump.