Simon Vozick-Levinson
August 27, 2009 AT 03:49 PM EDT

Chances are you’ve heard a lot about Drake by now if you’ve been paying any attention to developments in the world of hip-hop this year. Even if you haven’t, though, you must know the three guests he lined up for his new tune “Forever”: just some pals named Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Eminem. This super-power summit — call it this year’s “Swagger Like Us” — came together for the soundtrack to an upcoming LeBron James documentary.

That athletic connection, plus the sheer level of stars involved, means we would feel remiss not to identify a winner here. And while all four rappers come off well enough, one verse clearly stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that’s Eminem’s. His light-speed, acrobatic flow simply makes everything that comes before it irrelevant. I’m talking serious verse-of-the-year contender status. Does it say something about rap in 2009 that the oldest guy on this track steals the show so easily from his more current counterparts? (Wait, don’t answer that question — too depressing.)

But surely I’m not a flawless ref. So give “Forever” a listen for yourself below (some NSFW language), then make your pick. Who delivered the best performance on this song: Weezy, Kanye, Em, or Drake himself?

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