By Carla B.
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Summary: Eminem has had years of savoir-faire in the music industry experiencing the highs and lows, but one thing has remained constant…this white boy shoal knows how to rap! Also known as Marshall Bruce Mathers III and his alter ego Slim Shady, the multifaceted entertainer infuses hip hop harmonies with melodic breakdowns which has never sounded sweeter and “Rap God,” is tangible proof. Rapping with the intensity of someone not just on the edge but dangling dangerously over it. He cements his superstar status by showing intense development as one of hip hop generations powerhouse lyricists. The superstar jets powerfully with a cool collective vibe… shedding light on his omniscient side…of sorts.
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It seems Kanye West isn’t the only rapper who thinks he’s God, Eminem does too. “Rap God,” his new single, is the second track to be taken from his highly anticipated album Marshall Mathers LP2, which features production from and appearances by Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar among others, and will be released on November 5. The single debuts on iTunes at midnight. On the signature track, the rapper pays tribute to the old school once again and rather than give his chorus to an R&B crooner, he instead delivers his lyrics boldly and effortlessly. Luckily, his skills and charisma are also intact. His verses recall hip-hop history (repping Heavy D & the Boyz and the kerfuffle between Fabolous and Ray-J) as much as his own history (dating his salad days with a Monica Lewinsky nod and an Aftermath Entertainment call-out). He even raps one of the final verses at warp speed in a way that’s reminiscent of the closing verse from female hip-hop trio J.J. Fad’s 1988 hit “Supersonic.
Over the course of the track, he also pays homage to the rappers who inspired him. He calls himself a “product of Rakim” as well as Tupac, N.W.A. and Lakim Shabazz. But the best part comes about halfway through, when he explains why he’s so on-point in the song, saying that he feels the need to write a few rhymes because, “even you unsigned rappers are hungry, looking at me like it’s lunchtime.”
“I know there was one time when I was king of the underground,” he raps at one point. It’s a line that becomes more poignant at the end of the track when he asks, “Why be a king when you can be a god?” “Rap God” is an unadulterated exercise in pure flow with Eminem’s scattering boasts and liquid vowels over an old school, alternately tinkling and snarling beat. He is both exploiting his consciously offensive persona and satirizing it. Challenging those who’ve labeled his music pop and stands up to those who make assumptions about him based on his race.
In a word…. ‘Divine.’ Simply divine.
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