50 Cent - Gatman & Robbin (Ft. Eminem)
Right in the heart of the Benzino beef, Eminem lends a hand to 50 Cent to form a one-two punch diss track. Not the most memorable of the bunch that were brought on by the rivalry, but still a good opportunity to listen to 50 and Em go in together. Despite not going down in the rap annals as an all-time diss track, it does deserve an award for its title.
Fat Joe - Lean Back Remix (Ft. Eminem, Lil Jon, Mase, Remy Ma)
Eminem joined some of the early-2000’s finest when hopping on the “Lean Back” remix with Mase, Lil Jon and Remy Ma. Already sweeping the nation, the remix kept the Fat Joe comeback track in rotation that much more heavily. Em’s verse is groovier than his usual intense demeanor, embracing the party vibe of the smash hit single.
Tony Yayo - Drama Setter (Ft. Eminem & Obie Trice)
Another case of Eminem providing some added star power for those close to him, Em featured alongside Obie Trice for a track off Tony Yayo's debut album Thoughts of a Predicate Felon, which dropped in '05. Em also had a hand in the production of this song, alongside Jeff Bass-- perhaps unsurprisingly once you click play and hear that haunting, urgent drum-riddled beat. It's definitely a sound we've come to associate with Em.
Bizarre - Hip Hop (Ft. Eminem)
The two D12 members connected as individual solo artists on Bizarre's "Hip Hop" off his solo album Hannicap Circus. Like Tony Yayo, this served as Bizarre's debut album and introduction to the public, displaying his controversial-comedic rap persona, which would mesh well with Em's dark comedic overtures as well. On this particular collaboration, though, they reflect on the current state of hip hop.
Notorious B.I.G. - It Has Been Said (Ft. Eminem, Diddy, Obie Trice)
Duets: The Final Chapter was a clever concept that paired Biggie posthumously with numerous emcees. Here, with Eminem. The track was one of the better ones off the album, which received mixed-to-negative reviews. Even though Em collaborated on a Notorious B.I.G. track before, this one stands out as special because of its Diddy feature as well. One question, though: how do you open an album of duets with a track that features four rappers?
Hush - Off to Tijuana (Ft. Eminem, Kuniva, Swift)
In this dark track about a thug’s life on the run, Eminem and his D12 sidekicks have enough real-life experience to improvise from. Eminem provides one of his trademark half sung/half rapped choruses, dissonantly discussing a make-believe mad dash in a getaway car. Kuniva and Swift get more mic time than their D12 captain.
The Game - We Ain't (Ft. Eminem)
The Game’s debut The Documentary remains as one of Shady/Aftermath’s best releases, and “We Ain't” is Eminem’s sole feature on the album. Although The Documentary is certainly feature-heavy (appearances are made by Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, among others), the album stands out in this retrospective because - unlike Obie Trice’s Cheers - Eminem’s guiding hand wasn’t needed as heavily here. With all that said, The Game does appear to adopt Em’s flow for this song, especially in its final verse.
Stat Quo - Atlanta on Fire (Ft. Eminem)
Another scrapped track from Quo’s never-to-be Shady/Aftermath album. With a handful of Eminem collaborations scrapped, including ones with beats Em made (like “Atlanta”), it makes you wonder how severe the falling out between Quo and Mathers had to be to leave so much money on the table.
“I tried to be on some ‘Nah, I don’t like that; that ain’t a hit.’ I was really arguing with the top-selling rapper of all time on what a fucking hit was,” said a humbled Quo earlier this year, “What a dummy idiot I was.”
Stat Quo - Classic Shit (Ft. Eminem)
How cruel a fate, for a song with the title of “Classic Shit” to fall into obscurity due to the hubris of Stat Quo. It’s hard to believe anyone would question the song making ability of Eminem in the prime of his career, but Quo was admittedly stubborn and alienated himself from Eminem. The result? This track and Quo’s Statlanta LP never seeing the light of day in an official capacity.
Trick Trick - No More to Say (Ft. Eminem & Proof)
This is yet more evidence of Eminem not only representing his city, but helping to put others on from his city. Bringing along his late best friend Proof, Em adds a guest verse to Detroit native Trick Trick's "No More to Say," off the rapper's debut album, The People Vs. Trick Trick. "No More to Say" has that menacing production sound that's trademark to Em during this period of time-- he produced the record.
Trick Trick - Welcome 2 Detroit (Ft. Eminem)
This song was the only single released by Trick Trick, off the aforementioned debut, The People Vs. Trick Trick. With Eminem's assist on the hook (plus a verse), it would go on to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at #90.
Proof - Oil Can Harry (Ft. Eminem)
The late Proof had his best friend and D12 collaborator Eminem help usher in his new persona - Oil Can Harry - into the scene on a track by the same name. After retiring his previous nickname of Dirty Harry a year prior, Proof dedicated this song to the new alter-ego he was adopting - that of, or in homage to, Mighty Mouse. Villain Oil Can Harry. This song would wind up being recycled years later as part of a Proof tribute album. R.I.P.