Eminem New Album 2013 Release Date & Song List: New Single 'Rap God' Available from MMLP2 [AUDIO]
Eminem, who is extremely secretive about his music, has finally released "Rap God," the ninth track from his upcoming eighth studio album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."
The track's intro is similar to the Detroit rapper's "Lose Yourself": he considers "MMLP2" as his last chance to return to his status as a "rap god." Eminem forewarns 6-minute length of himself about to go hard on his dissing game.
"Look, I was gonna go easy on you and not to hurt your feelings / But I'm only going to get this one chance / Something's wrong, I can feel it (Six minutes, Slim Shady, you're on)."
The "Six minutes, Slim Shady you're on" part is sampled from "Remember Me?" - a track from the original "Marshall Mathers LP." It is also a reference to Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew's 1985 hip-hop classic "The Show," which features the similar lyric, "6 minutes, Doug E. Fresh, you're on."
Eminem then begins to rap with the chorus, "I'm beginning to feel like a Rap God, Rap God / All my people from the front to the back nod, back nod." The bridge has a very similar flow as his verse on Bizzare's song "Hip Hop" - "Man, I thought this was supposed to be hip hop, hip hop / I'd rather be fishing in flip flops, flip flops."
The track's beginning itself is already striking and full of bold statements. The rapper continues in the second verse,
"MC's get taken to school with this music / Cause I use it as a vehicle to bust a rhyme / Now I lead a new school full of students Me? I'm a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac N.W.A, Cube, hey, Doc, Ren, Yella Eazy, thank you, they got Slim."
Eminem tries to show what it means to rhyme and just like Busta Rhymes, he is a student that now turned into a teacher, and it is his turn to teach the new generation how to rap. He also makes a reference to Leaders of the New School, which Busta Rhymes used to be a member in the early 1990s hip-hop group before he became a solo recording artist. Eminem names some of his influences and inspirations in music.
The third verse is most lengthy and serious. He says his rhymes can help people get through tough times - "Enough rhymes to maybe to try and help get some people through tough times." He raps rapidly in few lines, after warning "Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed," which is a reference to J.J.Fad's 1988 single "Supersonic," co-produced by Dr. Dre.
Eminem finally ends his blazing verse with "Be a king? Think not - why be a king when you can be a God?" The rapper finishes the track by comparing himself to a god. It seems that hip-hop rappers today are asking similar questions in regard of their status in the rap game; Kanye West previously asked "What's a king to a god?" in "No Church In The Wild" from his album, "Watch The Throne."
The Eminem will reign as a "rap god" with his complete 16-track album "Marshall Mathers LP 2" on November 5.