In a 2012 interview with UK entertainment guide The List, Eminem revealed that he almost quit rap after his first ever public performance. "The first time I rapped in front of actual people that mattered, in a club, I got booed," he said. "And it was very traumatic for me. I just remember it being so f***ing traumatic, and I think I went home and I was like, man, I quit."
As it turns out, though, Em's first ever important live show wasn't the only time the rapper considered hanging up the microphone during his 20-year career. According to the Detroit native, after hearing 50 Cent's second verse on 2002's "Places to Go," a song he produced for the 8 Mile motion picture soundtrack, retirement (or hiatus) actually crossed his mind.
"I wanna remind you of the verse you did that made me wanna quit rapping," Eminem said in a video posted to Instagram.
After wishing his good friend and one-time signee a happy 42nd birthday, Eminem delivered an a capella version of the verse.
In response to his kind words, 50 Cent wrote, "Thank you, Eminem, you know you're still the best in the world to me man, I love you bro."
While it's hard to take his claim seriously—remember, rappers never really retire and it's not like that 50 Cent verse was the illest lyrical miracle of all-time—had Eminem actually followed through and retired from rap following the release of the 8 Mile soundtrack, his résumé, albeit slimmed down, would be flawless: The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show.