Eminem’s Recovery continues its reign on the top of the Billboard album chart, as it sold another 229,000 copies and blew away the competition this week (the highest debut — Big Boi’s long-awaited Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty — moved only 62,000 units). It’s very possible that Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” could find itself at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well, which would make Eminem completely and utterly dominant.
As we established this earlier this week, “Love the Way You Lie” (a team-up with Rihanna) is the best collaboration Eminem has ever had with a female artist (the song narrowly beat out Dido and “Stan” in the poll taken earlier this week). The more we listen to Recovery’s “No Love” (Em’s tag team with Lil Wayne), the more we think it might be his best collaboration with another rapper. Both MCs are incredibly sharp, the hook is killer and the vibe is super tight.
Though Eminem has shown up on plenty of other people’s songs, he doesn’t often invite outsiders onto his own albums. Based on the collaborations that have shown up on previous Eminem releases, here are the nominees for the best team-up on an Eminem album. (For the sake of argument, we’re discounting anybody associated with D12.)
On one hand, this single from The Slim Shady LP is a little gimmicky. On the other hand, it features some sharp interplay between Em and Dr. Dre.
“Bad Meets Evil”
On this deep cut from The Slim Shady LP, Em goes toe-to-toe with Royce da 5’9″ in a Western fantasy showdown. Royce and Em have excellent rapport, and the beat is sharp and lively.
“B— Please II”
A killer posse cut that features Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit. In a rare event, Eminem is actually overshadowed by track MVP Xzibit, who drops the excellent line, “Gotta love it, cause I expose the facade/ Your little lungs is too small to hotbox with God.”
“’Till I Collapse”
In one of Eminem’s best tracks, Nate Dogg chimes in on the chorus while Eminem tears down the walls at the intersection of Queen and Tupac.
This punchy track from Encore not only represents one of 50 Cent’s best guest spots but also one of the best and most adroit verses of his excellent career.
“Crack a Bottle”
Perhaps the definitive posse track, this Relapse highlight puts Em, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent together for a definitive statement.
Lil Wayne returned the favor Em paid him on “Drop the World” and did it with a typically sharp-tongued appearance.