Top 10 Songs You Didn't Know Were Written by Eminem

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Top 10 Songs You Didn't Know Were Written by Eminem

VOICE OVER: Ryan Wild WRITTEN BY: Don Ekama
When it comes to writing songs for other people, a prolific writer like Eminem just can't help himself. For this list, we'll be looking at popular songs for other artists where Marshall Mathers is credited as a songwriter. Our countdown includes “Rockstar”, "New Day", “Forgot About Dre”, and more!
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Top 10 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written by Eminem


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written by Eminem.

For this list, we’ll be looking at popular songs for other artists where Marshall Mathers is credited as a songwriter.

Which of these entries did you least expect to see on this list? Let us know in the comments.

#10: “Rockstar” (2005)

Bizarre
Before his music career took off with the release of “The Slim Shady LP” in 1999, Eminem was a member of the hip hop collective D12, and kept making music with the group until it disbanded in 2018. Bizarre, another member of the group, put out “Rockstar” in 2005 as the lead single from his debut solo album. The song, with its silly humor and infectious melody, was co-written, produced and mixed by Eminem. He also makes a cameo appearance in the ridiculous music video, along with the rest of D12. Although not a hit in the US, the track charted in a few European countries and was even referenced in Eminem’s 2018 song, “Stepping Stone.”

#9: “American You” (2015)

Yelawolf
After gaining online recognition for his mixtape, “Trunk Muzik,” Tennessee rapper Yelawolf signed onto Eminem’s Shady Records, under which he released his 2015 album, “Love Story.” On the album’s fourth single, “American You,” Yelawolf showcased his Southern roots and delivered a perfect blend of country and hip hop. Written from the perspective of an average blue-collar American detailing his struggles and dreams, the song was co-written by Yelawolf, Luis Resto and Eminem, who also received producing credits. Although Yelawolf left Shady Records in 2019 to release his music independently, “American You” remains one of his most beloved songs and marked a masterful collaboration between a unique rapper and his mentor.


#8: “Let’s Get High” (1999)

Dr. Dre feat. Hittman, Kurupt & Ms. Roq
The relationship between Eminem and Dr. Dre began with the production of the rapper’s star-making second studio album, released in 1999. In the same year, the two also collaborated heavily on Dr. Dre’s second album, “2001,” with Eminem receiving multiple songwriting credits on the album. One of such tracks was this fire-cracking collaboration between Dr. Dre, Hittman, Kurupt and the Long Island rapper, Ms Roq. At just under two minutes, thirty seconds, “Let’s Get High” is one of the shortest tracks on the album but manages to pack quite the punch, largely due to its funky bassline and hard-hitting lyrics.


#7: “Got Some Teeth” (2003)

Obie Trice
In the early 2000s, Shady Records signed 50 Cent, putting out his debut album, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” which became the best-selling album of 2003. This huge success almost completely overshadowed other rappers on the record label, such as Obie Trice. After spending years in Detroit’s underground rap scene, Obie Trice got signed by Eminem and released his debut album, “Cheers,” in the same year as “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” Eminem handled production on most of the tracks and co-wrote “Got Some Teeth,” the lead single off the album. Featuring his signature twisted humor, lyrical wordplay and a killer beat, the song peaked at #54 on the Hot 100 and reached the top ten in the UK.

#6: “New Day” (2012)

50 Cent feat. Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys
Speaking of 50 Cent, for his fifth studio album, the East Coast rapper set out to make a record influenced by other genres such as rock and dance. This idea eventually got scrapped and a more traditional hip-hop album titled “Street King Immortal” was recorded in its stead. Although “Street King Immortal” never saw the light of day either, this inspirational upbeat collaboration with Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys, was released as a single to promote the album. Eminem received songwriting and mixing credits on the song, which charted in the U.S. and Canada.

#5: “Hands Up” (2006)

Lloyd Banks feat. 50 Cent
East Coast rapper, Lloyd Banks gained worldwide popularity as a founding member of the hip hop group, G-Unit, with 50 Cent and Tony Yayo. After their commercially successful debut album, “Beg For Mercy,” Banks kicked off his solo career, releasing this collab with 50 Cent as the only single from his second album. Co-written and co-produced by Eminem, the track failed to match up with the success of his debut solo single, peaking at #84 on the Hot 100 and dropping off the chart only four weeks later. Nonetheless, it was a fiery collaboration between the two G-Unit rappers and remains a lyrical classic to this day.

#4: “Hello” (2000)

Ice Cube feat. Dr. Dre & MC Ren
The legendary hip hop group N.W.A heavily popularized gangsta rap and has had a major influence on rap music from the late 80s to date. By the year 2000, the group had largely disbanded, but three of its members - Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and MC Ren - would reunite for this final single on Ice Cube’s sixth album. The song served as the opener on the brilliant, multi-dimensional album that smoothly transitioned from radio-friendly songs with bouncy hooks, to more introspective lyrical displays. Eminem reportedly wrote Dr. Dre’s verse on the track, proving that even in the company of those who came before him, his pen game remains unshakable.

#3: “On Fire” (2004)

Lloyd Banks
For his debut solo album, Lloyd Banks found a co-writer and co-producer in Eminem, teaming up with the rapper to produce “On Fire,” the album’s lead single. The track quickly became a hit, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and setting a solid foundation for Lloyd Banks’ solo career. Off the back of this hit single, Banks’ debut album, “The Hunger for More” achieved a level of commercial success attributed to mostly veteran artists at the time. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 - a position it held for two weeks - and has since been certified Platinum in the U.S.

#2: “Forgot About Dre” (2000)

Dr. Dre feat. Eminem
When his unintended hiatus from music in the mid-90s led to rising doubts over his rap skills, Dr. Dre put out his “2001” album to prove to the world that he’s still got it. While the album was led by the moderate hit, “Still D.R.E.,” it was this song - the second single - that encapsulated the entire album’s message. Eminem appears on the track as a featured artist, but what you may not know is that he’s the song’s only credited songwriter, penning both his and Dr. Dre’s verses. An international hit, it won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, a testament to the fact that only magic is created when Eminem and Dre work together.

#1: “Runnin’ (Dying to Live)” (2003)

Tupac feat. The Notorious B.I.G.
“Tupac: Resurrection” is an Oscar-nominated documentary released in 2003 that detailed the life and death of the widely celebrated rapper, Tupac Shakur. The soundtrack for the film - a 14-track, Platinum-certified album - featured several songs that had appeared on previous Tupac albums and a few unreleased songs that were revamped to a new sound. For this process, Eminem was brought on as an executive producer, and received songwriting credits on this posthumous collaboration between Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. Eminem expertly weaves both rappers’ verses into a timeless song celebrating the legacy of two icons who were taken way too soon.
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