Best Friend

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  • The only guest artist to appear on Yelawolf's Love Story record is his Shady Records boss. "There's one feature on this album. That's [Eminem]," Yela told Complex. "Why am I gonna go get such-and-such? For what? Hype? I'm just trying to make a good record."
  • The collaboration was a natural fit. "The record Marshall is on, honest to God, as soon as I recorded it, I was like, 'Man, Marshall would sound great on this.' It really happened like that," Yelawolf said. "It wasn't some pitch or some gimmick. When people hear this song, they're gonna f---ing bug out. Trust me."
  • Yelawolf takes a spiritual turn on his two verses, in which he rhymes about the "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" being his "best friend."
  • For Eminem, the titular "best friend" is the late Detroit rapper Proof, who was fatally shot in a night club on April 11, 2006.

    Who you think I'm talking bout?
    Lifts me up when I'm down and out,
    Still look to him without a doubt, still got a best friend


    Proof was one of Eminem' closest pals and the rapper has paid tribute to his fallen friend on a number of previous tracks including Relapse's "Déjà Vu" and Recovery's "You're Never Over."
  • Previous team-ups between Yelawolf and Eminem include the 2011 track "Throw It Up" and the Shady XV hook ups "Twisted" and "Psychopath Killer."

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