Marshall and Curtis, comrades who came from nothing and conquered the early 2000's world of rap. They sat front row at the MTV awards, shared Hennessy, Grey Goose and a thousand good times. They rolled in the back of blacked-out Cadillacs and recorded track after track after track together.
But then they grew up and grew apart. Eminem started wearing a strange little hat and grew a beard; 50 chucked some money at Vitamin Water, the world moved on without them. But they still remember those good times.
In a curiously melancholic birthday message, Eminem sent his former protege a rendition of the verse that he claims made him want to stop rapping, from the 2002 track 'Places to Go'.
You can sort of imagine Eminem alone in that room, positioning the camera, butterflies in his stomach, hoping that 50 likes it. That he's happy and doing well. Hoping that he still thinks about them sometimes, conquering the world.
Anyway, here's the actual version, if you're feeling nostalgic for 2002.
A simpler time.