“Rap God” is a rap single by Eminem. The song originally premiered via YouTube and was then released in October 2013, as the third official single from Eminem’s eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013). It contains references to previous conflicts in Eminem’s career, as well as to other rappers’ conduct. The song received positive reviews, with critics praising Eminem’s lyrical ability and intense rapping speed.
“Rap God” references a line from the first Marshall Mathers LP, on the song “I’m Back”, where he talks about the Columbine High School massacre, rapping “Seven kids from Columbine; Put ‘em all in a line, add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine.” The controversial verse was heavily censored when originally released and is included in “Rap God” to test public reaction. Eminem references the Monica Lewinsky scandal in order to demonstrate his longevity as a dominant force within the rap industry, thus establishing himself as an “immortal god“. Additional references also heard with in the song include a conflict between Fabolous and others like Ray J, Heavy D & the Boyz, planking, The Walking Dead, J. J. Fad‘s wild 1988 song “Supersonic“, Tupac Shakur, Pharaohe Monch, Rakim, N.W.A, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Lakim Shabazz and the 2007 Hotstylz song “Lookin Boy“. Watch below…
In the “Rap God“ verse that begins around 4:26, Eminem raps a total of 97 words in just 15 seconds. Which is an average of 6.5 words per second. He has described it as “supersonic speed“: Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa you assuming I’m a human, What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman, Innovative and I’m made of rubber, So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you, I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating, How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating, Never fading, and I know the haters are forever waiting, For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating, Cause I know the way to get ‘em motivated, I make elevating music… — Eminem, “Rap God”
The song’s production was handled by hip hop producer Bigram Zayas, who is also professionally known as Develop or DVLP; he has produced songs for rappers such as The Diplomats, Rick Ross and most notably Lil Wayne. “Rap God” was co-produced with Matthew “Filthy” Delgiorno. The song’s recording sessions took place at Effigy Studios located in Michigan, along with brothers Joe and Mike Strange working with Eminem on mixing and engineering the record. Joe Strange contributed additional keyboarding and programming. In October 2013, DVLP tweeted that the beat was two years old, made in November 2011, and that Eminem recorded the song in 2012.
Eminem had parodied Max Headroom in the 6 minute video. There is also references to The Matrix seen in the music video. The “Rap God“ single was met with generally positive reviews overall from several music critics. The critics praised the song’s lyrical content and extreme rapping speed. Detroit Free Press caught up with Eminem during the video shoot and he gave insight on his release. Eminem discussed the reasons for the “Rap God” title: “While recording the album, people who would hear a song would say it reminded them of the first time they heard me. The more I listened to it, the more it made sense to call it that… We knew that if we called it that, we needed to have the right songs. There needs to be a certain kind of vibe.”
Eminem was asked about Rick Rubin’s involvement in his new album, “I felt like a kid in the studio working with Rick. Obviously, it’s an incredible honor. The way he can dip in and out of different genres … he’s like Yoda, a Jedi master.” Eminem recently spoke with DJ Whoo Kid’s Shade 45 radio show specifically about recording with Rick Rubin, one of the executive producers of the project. Eminem said he was intimidated by Rubin but became more comfortable with him as time progressed.
Eminem had explained his feelings in further detail, “Once the nerves wore off, you just see how cool he is, and I instantly became comfortable telling him about different ideas, things that weren’t fully worked out yet that I would’ve been afraid to say in front of him. He’s like, ‘I’m just somebody who’s thinking about things for you.’ We just ran ideas off each other, lots of what-ifs. It was great.”
What do you think about Eminem’s latest album and track? What about his incredible lyrical spitting talent? What about his recent work with Rick Rubin who is also a well known occultist within the entertainment industry, which also might explain Eminem’s Baphomet hand sign showing one eye, as seen in the top picture. Hardcore Slim Shady fans might defend the rapper and say he is poking fun at it. But things are not always what they seem to be as you finally work your way through the smoke and mirrors…