Eminem's New Track Goes "Old School," We Give You The Best Old School Jams To Celebrate


The real Slim Shady is finally standing up, it seems.

So Eminem, who's pretty fuckin' rad all around, just announced that he was dropping his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and followed that up with, well, dropping a new single, "Berzerk." So yay!

"Berzerk," for its part, is this kind of crazy, messy, and surprisingly unoffensive song. It's lacking Em's normal "fuck you" vibe, but don't let that fool you. He's progressed, it seems, and he's doing so by taking it really old school in his vibe. It's still an "I don't give a shit" kind of song, but not in the lyrical sense. He's taking chances, sampling artists, and it's really, well, cool to see how his music has evolved.

So given that Slim Shady has taken it way back on this track, we thought we'd celebrate his progression from bodies in the trunk to funkadelic with a list of the best old school rap jams we've heard. We've got a feeling his might be on a list like this one day, too.

10. Wu-Tang Clan, "M.E.T.H.O.D. Man"
Wu-Tang's sound is built on chaos and the individuality of each member -- I mean, hell, O.D.B. had enough crazy genius in his little pinky to set off the whole group -- but somehow they always managed to pull that out of control style into one streamlined package, and they wound up creating some of the greatest hip-hop around. There are probably much better Wu songs, but you gotta admit, "M.E.T.H.O.D. Man" is up there with the best of 'em. Not only that, but it's so friggin' definitive of what Wu was during that time period -- all parts chaos and raw, unbridled energy, with the sum greater than any of the parts.

9. LL Cool J, "Goin' Back To Cali"
LL's 1988 hit only hit #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but there's not really a better LL Cool J song out there, is there? It chronicles the East Coast/West Coast struggle that producer Rick Rubin was facing during his stay in California -- a state the NY-bred producer had previously loathed -- and it throws in some elements that weren't common to hip-hop tracks during the time. The brash, scraping guitars were in gross contrast to the horn it plays with, and there really wasn't anything out there that sounded close to the track at the time.

8. 2 Pac, "I Get Around"
Not only is this song, which is considered by many media outlets as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time, legitimately just about 2 Pac bragging about who he's bagged, it has a video that features Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, which is ironic and awesome. Really, only 2 Pac could land a spot on list after list while saying things like, "The underground don't stop for ho's." We dig it.

Old school jams continue on the next page.

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