By EW Staff
Updated October 17, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Eminem Illustration by Hanoch Piven

Eminem made EW’s Power List

Age 31

Taking a break in his own recording arc, Em found a perfect way to follow last year’s ”8 Mile”/”The Eminem Show” triathlon: acting as official presenter (and part-time producer) for this year’s biggest cash cow, the 6-million-selling 50 Cent. Though handlers insist there’s no calculation in him, he’s proven shrewd at making himself just cozy enough for the Hollywood establishment, then doing a nasty rap on the 50 Cent record to assure kids he’s still the same hateful G. Want to talk smart? He won an Oscar but skipped the telecast, forever proving his street-worthiness.