Inevitably a boat load of Eminem purists are going to come along and disagree entirely with my selection, all I can say to those is 'chillax' and share your links! I am not a huge hip-hop fan, in fact I am one of those who thinks that hip hop died in the mid-nineties when edgy and intelligent groups like The Pharcyde disappeared to be replaced a few years later by talentless morons like Lil' Wayne. That said, I do enjoy a good freestyle, they allow you to strip away the over-production and hype and determine whether a rapper really does have a lyrical talent and rhythm. One of the rappers who has consistently impressed in this respect is Eminem who, despite the obvious controversies and his extremely dark and disturbing nature, has this talent in abundance. I present to you my personal 5 favourite Eminem Freestyle videos below.....
The 5 Best Eminem Freestyle Videos
The five best Eminem freestyle videos ever! These videos really show Eminem's true genius.
1. Eminem and Proof Freestyle (2001?)
Number one has to be this fantastic freestyle by Eminem and D12 colleague Proof (recently deceased). The freestyle was actually filmed during an interview with MTV's Kurt Loder before Eminem became huge, or at least whilst he was fresh on the scene. This video has some 7 million views on YouTube and is one of just a few high quality videos of Eminem with Proof in the public domain, probably explaining its popularity.
2. Rap Olympics 1997
This video is particularly significant because it was this Rap Olympics in 1997 which threw Eminem into the limelight. Whilst Eminem actually finished second, producer Jimmy Iovine was present and subsequently presented a demo tap to Dr. Dre who immediately signed him. The Eminem film 8 Mile was largely based on this experience and some of the battle lyrics can be heard in the film, astonishing therefore that this video has had less than 1 million views! Get it out there, share this page, this stuff is gold!
3. Tim Westwood 2009 (With Kon Artist)
Eminem starts of real weak on this one, but end's up killing it by the end. The final set of bars underlines Eminem's new found mellow style, whilst his lyrical ability and natural rhythm remain as strong as ever. This video actually answered a lot of Eminem critics who claimed that he had lost his earlier abilities to improvise, make sure you watch it to the end as it just gets better and better and leaves you desperate for more. Kon Artist does a great job as his hype/back up rapper too, and has proved a great catalyst for Eminem since the loss of the previously preferred Proof. Tim Westwood remains a complete penis however.
4. Eminem Radio Session (2000)
Another old one, and another reminder of just how good Eminem was lyrically when he popped onto the scene. A section of this acapella was actually included on the bonus disk to his first album on the special version, it was actually this recording (in case you happen to notice and have doubts about the credibility of this video as a freestyle).
5. Eminem Rap City (2009)
This is actually my favourite, but I don't want to upset the purists. Another example of the new found humor and mellowness of Em, a few frankly hilarious bars at the start. There have been quite a few people slating this on YouTube, personally I find his less aggressive style to be rather refreshing - remember that the man is reaching 40! I'm pretty addicted to this video, have watched it about 20 times and keep getting the first verse stuck in my head during the day, feedback appreciated!
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