143. Eminem – ‘Sing For The Moment’ (2002)

“That’s why we sing for these kids who don’t have a thing
Except for a dream and a fucking rap magazine
Who post pin-up pictures on their walls all day long
Idolize their favourite rappers and know all their songs”

Taken from the album The Eminem Show

Also released on Curtain Call: The Hits

AUS #5, UK #6, US #14

There are three really amazing examples of Eminem’s use of sampling in this list, one was ‘Like Toy Soldiers’, this is the second, and the third is still to come (no prizes for guessing what song it is). ‘Sing For The Moment’ is built around ‘Dream On’ by Aerosmith, which I probably would never have even heard were it not for this track. But in context here it makes perfect sense, as if it had been written for this very occasion, sounding seamless and natural like every good sample should.

The first couple of verses in ‘Sing For The Moment’ talk about industry problems and controversy within hip-hop, and the way rappers are painted as detriments to society when they are actually the people with the greatest power to reach out to the disillusioned. This sort of thing was done again on ‘Like Toy Soldiers’, but ‘Sing For The Moment’ really gets going when Eminem raps about these people who rappers have a special connection. I’m not the typical hip-hop fan but that doesn’t mean the music doesn’t have the effect that is outlined in this song. I know about the power of hip-hop, that’s why a song like this is so high.

An empassioned rap about people who take power and inspiration from music, set to such a great, uplifting sample made for one of Eminem’s absolute finest moments. As great as Relapse was, it was songs like this people were missing. Released as the fourth single from The Eminem Show, it was still a huge hit even though the album by this point has sold extremely well. I remember taping it off the radio and playing it over and over, amazed that I was appreciated this new style of music and that this guy had put into words for me exactly why it was so awesome.

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