’10 Best Singles: #3 Eminem “Not Afraid”

For pretty much all of his incredible career, Em’s first singles have been Slim Shady-fueled, celebrity-bashin’, tongue planted-firmly-in-cheek tunes that scream, “OK, Jimmy you want a radio record, here you fuckin’ go, buddy.” A lyrical master dumbin’ down for the dum dums. Thankfully, Marshall switched the style up on Recovery. Produced by one of Drake’s production partners-in-crime Boi-1da, Em’s “Not Afraid” is a stirring, here I stand declaration that’s painfully honest about his professional and personal problems of the past few years. It feels and sounds stadium status but it’s also sensitive and subtle with wonderful wordplay paired with a haunting huge hook. Say it loud and proud: The white dude from Detroit is still one of the greatest to ever grip a mic. And he’s still standing.

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  • CapricornReligion

    FIRST!!!

  • http://atrilli.net bucktrice

    i hate the new em, he sucks

  • http://thehiltonburnellfiles.wordpress.com moneymakingjus

    @CapricornReligion I agree with you. I love that song.

  • kCudi

    Great single! Still wondering what Single will be at the top-spot. I bet it’s “Find Your Love” or something. SMH.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nomercyharlem No Mercy

    yup and Recovery was the best album of 2010

  • Vexed and Glorious

    i just don’t get the hype. *kanye shrug*

  • YOUMAD!

    THEY MAD! EM WINS

    GOAT!

  • http://god.com Squid Pro Quo

    well sure… since he’s indirectly your boss.

  • cruz00005

    lol you misspelled eminem.

  • dmc

    i really cant wait to read what you wrote on the 2 singles ahead of this. they have high expectations and you better live up to it

  • fuk waka

    jst hope BMF or hard in the paint dont get the top spot

  • not fucking around

    eminem keeps gettin better, relapse was on sum creative concept shit, sumthing most rappers cant do let alone for a whole album. then recovery showd em could still do it sober and really came out with a new style for himself. and now the leaked shit(difficult, syllable, cocaine) and the banks joints ETC. em is poised to sell even more with the next one, i am really excited to see what he does next, hope he dont retire

  • not fucking around

    best song of the year is BOBBY RAY 5th DIMENSION

  • Ice Cold

    One of my favorite songs of 2010

  • CapricornReligion

    Its weird its like…. I just noticed something. It doesnt matter if Em was to do a Straight 40 Minute Freestyle spitting Insane lyrics. People would ALWAYS say this. “Yeah but, I miss the Em on The Marshall Matters lp”. Lmao I mean c’mon now. I wont lie tho. When I listen to the First single it took me a minute to try and see where em was coming from. But the I said “You know what? Why not? Switch it up Em”. If Em would of came back dissing Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, etc. EVERYBODY… and I reapeat EVERYBODY would of said “Oh god Again!” “Wow I guess someome didnt Mature” or “Grow up Em switch the flow”.. Lol what Im basically saying is…… As a Artist YOU HAVE TO SWITCH IT UP… YOU HAVE TOO.. Point Blank. If Em would of came back and tried to Spit like he he did on his first Three Albums, It would of killed the purpose of calling those Three albums a Classic… Do you get it? Lol anyway Im sorry but. Im just Tried of people complaining about that Shit. Its cool for Jay but NOT EM?. And Im a Jay fan too. But dont try and Throw dirt on Em as if “Recovery” was Staright up Bullshit. FUCK THAT. It was a Great Album. a Very Great album.. Lol anyway let me stop. I just needed to vent on that for a moment….

  • Uh oh

    Wow, Old Yeller Nigga actually didnt dick ride Jay-Z in this post (or did I miss it?)

  • Dirk Diggler

    Lose Yourself > Without Me > The Real Slim Shady > My Name Is > Purple Pills > Not Afraid > My Band > Just Lose It > We Made You.

  • CapricornReligion

    @not fucking around Co-sign

  • SwallowMyNutz!

    Em=G.O.A.T!!!!!Fucking haters want the old Em when lyrically he IS!!!!Get over yourselves!!!Recovery=Best album hands down!Shady Motherfuckers!!!!Haters Eat a FAT DICK!!!!

  • Pusha T

    Eminem has rapradar on the payroll

  • Black Shady

    Best Rapper Alive….ask Jay-Z

  • http://threefoureighty.clipz-status.com/ Reasy F.

    Not mad at this track placement.

  • dat bull

    thankful this song made the list and not love the way you lie…. heard that way too many times on the radio this summer.

    and to whoever said find your love gonna be in the next two….. im gonna be pissed as fuck if it is.

    #1 BMF #2 no hands????

  • Word

    Well in the previous post I predicted no hands, bmf, and hard in the paint in the top spots. Throw in O Lets Do It too, forgot about that one. But since the white nigga Em got the 3 spot (which I aint mad at, lyrically he went off for the most part even with a somewhat unbearable hook. Nice to know lyrics can carry a single so far) im gonna assume the top 2 is BMF obviously, thats the one lock…but the other one…hmmm…since YN dickrides Wale, im gonna say No Hands in the two spot.

    And Last Train to Paris one of the worst albums of the year, its gotta be on there!

  • JarenSoAppalled

    power > not afraid

  • Ac@pella!

    Was kinda iffy when I 1st heard it, but it grew on me and became my ish. Banger.

  • slimshady

    EASILY ONE OF THE WORST EMINEM TRACKS I’VE HEARD. RECOVERY SUCKED BALLS. HE WENT THE POP ROUTE AND COMPLETELY LOST HIS EDGE. DOES “NOT AFRAID” HAVE A BEAT? CAUSE I DON’T HEAR ONE. CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG. ALL THAT SINGING WAS FUCKING RIDICULOUS!!

  • Sohhh

    This song was dope. Big em fan

  • slimshady

    P.S. THE EMINEM ON “ALL SHE WROTE” > ANYTHING ON RECOVERY. WORD.

  • i said YERR

    shoulda been # 1 … no question

  • veesky

    Even tho’ there’s only 2 spot left, it seems kinda weird 2 me if “Love The Way You Lie” didn’t make the list. I feel like that was easily a bigger single

  • plo

    this was probably the worst, most cringe-worthy song of the last 10 years. eminem has become just as corny as puff.

    rap fans are getting dumber and dumber.

  • DIGGSY!!!

    em is the best 2 ever do it but i fuckin hate this song. i dont know whats worse – the singin or the accents. personally i just wanna hear the “rappin his muthafuckin ass off em”. not the “pop music sing songy shit em”.

  • Close minded

    I gotta be the biggest Eminem hater alive, but u know what, idc. I hate Em regardless of how many black ppl cosign this dude.
    Busta Rhymes is betta
    Nas is betta
    Mos Def is betta
    Jayz is betta
    Rakim is betta
    Big L is still betta
    Canibus is betta
    Talib is betta
    Stic Man is betta
    Tupac is still betta
    Big Is still betta
    Big Pun is way betta
    Az is betta
    Pharoah Monche is betta

    Basically Em is not the greatest, but he is good

  • Belize

    Noooooooo, it should be #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Able Danger

    Nice to see lyricism still mathers.

  • roger

    @CapricornReligion i cosign everything you said!

  • Coroner

    NUMBER ONE!!!! Fuck Y’all!
    Don’t mess wit’ the GOAT!

    Lol… you put Waka before Em… ARe YoU Insane?!

  • mikey

    great song

  • http://FACEBOOK.COM/THEREALPROTEGE THEREALPROTEGE

    EM IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL LYRICALLY,….THERE ARE ALOT OF GREAT RAPPERS OUT THERE NO DOUBT, BUT EM, IS JUST ONE OF THOSE DUDES WHO IS A STAND OUT FROM THE PACK…..HOPEFULLY HE SIGNS SOME MORE NEW ARTISTS AND GETS CRAZY WITH THEM LIKE HE DID WITH 50 CENT. WORD IS HE’S SCOUTIN SOME NEW DUDE FROM VEGAS,….I CHECKED HIM OUT AND HES ACTUALLY NICE ON THE MIC.
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=X8EQXLDA

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  • wtfYN

    i love eminem but this song is fucking gay doesnt belong on this list along with most of the other songs. smh

  • mac DIESEL

    CAN’T STAND THIS CORNY CHEESY POP RECORD!!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR EMINEM TO GET BACK ON HIS HIP-HOP SHIT!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Jaymalls

    this shit was TRASH

  • hands

    doesn’t em own this blog? ok

  • http://www.windowslive.com kendra

    i like em cause he is very lyrical and he has a very good story to tell and 9 x ,s out of 10 it,s the truth where he is able to reach his fanbase thAT alot of other rappers can not reach in a type of way shape or form…npuf said thou…

  • flying eagle
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  • dadamelo

    @mac Diezel u can still wait lol hes done he may put out some good songs or good features but hes probably not droppin any relevant albums no more…hes in the machine now and that pop singing bullshit is all we gon have 4 while

  • dadamelo

    *a while

  • dadamelo

    YN stop stayin on Ems dick whatever he does its just gettin fuckin ridiculous…

  • gerg4422

    A white boy in the top 3 rap albums? GTFOH Fuck Eminem and all you crackers pushing this cross over wack ass rap. Fuck you too Rap Radar.

    I’ll take Soulja Boy over this fucking cracker. Black Power!!!!!!

  • Coroner

    @gerg4422 You ain’t got nothing against Eminem… only his skin color???
    Now GTFOH with your racist bullshit comment!

    RapRadar already looks like WackRadar… don’t make it wacker with putting Soulja Boy over Em!

  • fuk waka

    look at all these fucking Em haters… cant stand Ems single being on number 3!!
    asssholes u should be happy that No hands and BMF is on top so stop fuking crying

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  • @ssholes

    HATE THE SONG OR NOT BUT…

    HOW CAN U NOT THROW IT ON AT THE GYM AND GO THE EXTRA MILE WITHOUT IT BEING ON???

    EMINEM IS ALL ABOUT MAKING AN IMPACT RIGHT NOW. HE’S FOR US, THE PEOPLE. IT’S ALL ABOUT MOTIVATION AND NOBODY IN HIP HOP MOTIVATES LIKE HIM.

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  • foekist

    this site is clearly bias. just look at all the eminem adverts on this site. I’ve been a loyal fan of YN for many many yrs. But this yrs 2010’s best and worst has made me see him for what he clearly is. Jimmys bitch! YN u lost all ur cred an its sad to see this bro. I mean waka flocka? Says it all!

  • http://Www.rapradar.com Mr.G

    Wack!!