By: Phillip Heilman
It turns out Eminem is doing more than making awkward cameos on ESPN’s Saturday Night Football.
After turning in one of the more bizarre television appearances ever — if you somehow have not seen the clips by now, open a new tab and watch them immediately — that had some people joking he was taking his newest single, “Berzerk” too seriously, Eminem is back to doing what he does best: releasing music.
He premiered “Rap God” via YouTube last Monday. The song is his third released from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is set to be released Nov. 5.
Similar to most of his music, Eminem does not hold anything back on the song, which lasts 6:03. He offers up references to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which broke in 1998, and the Columbine High School massacre, which occurred in 1999.
Why bother looking so deep into the past? Well, understanding Eminem is about as easy as comprehending Shakespeare (though the two are on opposite ends of the lyrical spectrum), but it seems clear he is boasting about the longevity of his rap career, which makes him a “Rap God,” as the title says.
At this point, maybe he is. It’s hard to argue with the results. Eminem, at times also known as Slim Shady, burst onto the scene in the late ‘90s. Though his career has taken several “vacations,” few artists of any genre can claim his track record.
Eminem uses “Rap God” as an opportunity to shove that in our faces while also having some fun. In a verse that begins at 4:20, he begins spitting words at an unbelievable rate. At one point, he utters 97 words in 15 seconds, what he calls a “supersonic speed.”
Personally, I liked the added twist. Critics seem to agree, as the song has received generally positive reviews. “Berzerk” and “Survival,” the other two previously released singles, are solid listens as well.
What do you think of Eminem’s new single? What expectations do you have for The Marshall Mathers LP 2? Let us know in the comments below.