7 Eminem Songs That Sample Classic Rock

When I was a baby, my dad would play Bob Dylan while he rocked me to sleep. Ten years later, Eminem reached into that crib and yanked me out by my ears. I went from “Like A Rolling Stone” to “Rock Bottom” real quick. Bad met evil, and hip-hop took over my brain. I would never return to classic rock, or so I thought.

Several years later, my natural black hair grew back and I realized Eminem had been sampling classic rock all along. These are my favorite examples.


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“Till I Collapse,” The Eminem Show

Samples Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
Waving a lyrical scalpel, Eminem’s raps one of his most iconic tirades. The legendary boom-boom-clap, boom-boom-clap a topaz fist to the skull-bone.

The track is on some battling raps.
Who want some static?
‘Cause I don’t really think that the fact that I’m Slim matters
A plaque of platinum status is whack if I’m not the baddest.

“We Will Rock You” is also sampled on “Cinderella Man” and “Puke.”


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“Going Through Changes,” Recovery

Samples Black Sabbath’s “Changes.”
Ozzy sang with his rib cage opened wide, heart exposed. I can picture a young, angsty Eminem zoning to this after just being dumped by Kim, again.

Swear when I come back I’ma be bulletproof.
I’ma do it just for proof, I think I should state a few
Facts, ’cause I may not get a chance again to say the truth.


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“Sing For The Moment,” The Eminem Show

Samples Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”
When I first heard this song my brain broke into tears. This is the ultimate narrative about hip-hop’s impact on the lives of its listeners. Fittingly, it samples a rock group legendary for their genre-bridging collaboration with Run DMC.

Who post pin-up pictures on they walls all day long
Idolize their favorite rappers and know all their songs


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“Beautiful,” Relapse

Samples Queen and Paul Rodgers’ “Reaching Out.”
Em has a depressing way of motivating you. He’ll rip himself to shreds, hand over a magnifying glass, and ask you to call him “beautiful.” It’s painful, but empowering.

I’ll be you, let’s trade shoes
Just to see what it’d be like to
Feel your pain, you feel mine


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“Rhyme or Reason,” The Marshal Mathers LP 2

Samples The Zombies’ “Time of the Season.”
Eminem unleashes Yoda-impersonating, sleeping-giant energy on this otherwise low-key psychedelic sample.

You critics come pay to me a visit?
Misery loves company, please stay a minute


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“SHADYXV,” SHADYXY

Samples Billy Squier’s “My Kinda Lover.”
Eminem also sampled guitar work from Billy Squire’s “The Stroke” for “Bezerk” on The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

I know you’re really tired of me sampling Billy Squier
But classic rock acid rap is the genre
Got Slash on guitar, splash of Bizarre, Thrasher, and Aerosmith


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“Rock Bottom,” The Slim Shady LP

Samples Janis Joplin’s cover of “Summertime.”
This is my all time favorite Eminem song and a fitting end to this list.

Minimum wage
got my adrenaline caged
Full of venom and rage

If you know of dope samples I should take a look at or wanna talk Eminem trivia, tweet me at @Kaisermane.

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