The artist releases his single, Like Toy Soldiers, from the album, Encore. The song is about feuds in the rap community. It is common practice for rappers to sling insults at each other in their songs, and this often leads to violence. Eminem compares the rappers to toy soldiers, who are being controlled by someone else, which in many cases is a record company that sells albums and profits from the controversy.
The artist releases his single, No Love, featuring Lil Wayne, from the album, Recovery. Eminem:
I did a song with Wayne called ‘Drop the World for his album and we had just agreed to do an even swap, so I wanted him on my album. I kind of waited, and when [producer] Just Blaze had finished that beat we jumped on it.
The artist releases his single, Love The Way You Lie, featuring Rihanna, from the album, Recovery. Rihanna:
They reached out to us directly and they just said, ‘We have this song and we just think Rihanna would be perfect to sing it, And, of course, I was like, ‘OK, if I love it, I’ll definitely do it, because I love Eminem.’ And I love the song. It’s really beautiful, and it really stands out. It’s a really unique record. I’m really excited about it.
The artist releases his single, Mockingbird, from the album, Encore.
The artist releases his single, My Name Is, from the album, The Slim Shady LP. Eminem’ s producer, Dr. Dre., claims that they finished this song in only an hour or two. Dr. Dre:
I put the track on, we had a little bit of idle chitchat, I put on the beat, and maybe five seconds in – I swear to God – he goes, ‘Hi, my name is.’ That was it. And it’s still clicking.