Outsidaz - Rush Ya Clique (Ft. Eminem)
Eminem returns to his guest-starring role alongside Outsidaz, this time for the headbanger known as Rush Ya Clique. Em alleges he freestyles this verse, and I believe him. It’s a sweet sixteen bars.
Turn Me Loose (Ft. Eminem)
Limp Bizkit demo features some fantastic and, when considering all-time favorites, oft overlooked bars from Eminem. This track is an anomaly because it’s both a convergence of two of pop culture powerhouses, and because it predates Em’s historic beef with Limp Bizkit and frontman Fred Durst.
Outsidaz - Macosa (Ft. Eminem)
Macosa was recorded just months after Eminem befriended Outsidaz member Pacewon after picking him up for a show at an airport and leaked unofficially, assumingly to capitalize at Eminem's rocketing popularity.
The Anthem - KRS-ONE, RZA, Xzibit, Tech N9ne, Pharoahe Monch, Jayo Felony, Kool G Rap, Eminem, Chino XL
In 1999 “The Anthem” felt like Eminem rubbing shoulders with underground loyalty, sharing the studio with the likes of KRS-ONE, RZA, Xzibit, and Tech N9ne. Since, nearly everyone on this track has cemented their names as legends. Sway spun the 1’s and 2’s on this one, marking another early major industry endorsement for Em.
Dr. Dre - Bad Guys Always Die (Ft. Eminem)
If you ever needed a reason to revisit the Wild Wild West soundtrack beyond its eponymous track, how about this forgotten cowboy inspired classic by Dre and Em?
Eminem’s 1999 team-up with Missy Elliott was a sign of how much of a commodity he had become since his debut Slim Shady LP. After keeping mostly to fellow Michiganders (Kid Rock, D12) or mentors (Dr. Dre), featuring on a Missy track marked a pivotal point in Em’s career; if Missy Elliott endorsed this scrawny white dude, who wouldn’t?
The High & Mighty - The Last Hit (Ft. Eminem)
Eminem was one of a few notable guest appearances off of The High & Mighty’s severely underrated debut LP Home Field Advantage, which also featured Pharoahe Monch and Mos Def.
Hittman - Front Page Stardom (Ft. Eminem)
A scrapped would-be single off of Hittman’s also ditched Hitt’s Big Score album, this track was never intended to feature Eminem but had a recycled freestyle verse placed in at the behest of Aftermath.
In the first of what seems like an infinitum of posthumous Notorious B.I.G. compilation records, Born Again had one real gem: “Dead Wrong,” featuring Eminem. Still green behind the gills, Eminem nearly overshadowed the late great Biggie Smalls on his own album of collaborations, providing him one of his biggest launching pads to date.
DJ Rectangle - You Must Be Crazy (Ft. Hot Karl, Eminem, & Dree)
Off DJ Rectangle’s 1200’s Never Die album, this track also features comedian and podcast host Jensen Karp, going under his former rap guise of Hot Karl. Karp’s foray into a rap career was short lived, ultimately leaving the game behind to pursue a career in comedy writing.
Dr. Dre - Forgot About Dre (Ft. Eminem)
This may be one of the best raps songs of all time, or at least one of the best choruses. It’s certainly the best of that year and it’s got the gold to back it, winning the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000.
This warning shot for the forthcoming 2001 record scorched the earth upon its mid-year release in 1999, serving as a reminder of the formidable nature of Dr. Dre and a marking of territory for the now iconic duo. Its scorching flame is seemingly eternal, too, with Forgot About Dre still enduring as a quintessential track in the extensive catalogs of both emcees.
Dr. Dre - The Watcher
Em goes uncredited performing the hook (alongside Knoc-Turn'al) on the opening track of Dr. Dre’s 2001, a ghostly presence on an otherwise intense album.
Dr. Dre - What’s the Difference (Ft. Xzibit & Eminem)
While Em does feature on this track, the real story lies in Xzibit’s last second addition to the song after Hittman’s verse was abandoned during 2001’s mastering.