12 Times Eminem Spit Lyrical Fire

11. Rap God (The Marshall Mathers LP 2)

After a tumultuous few years becoming sober and trying to get his career back on track, Eminem brought back the Slim Shady persona in the sequel to his best album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, in 2013. The album had some good tracks, but overall, the album was just okay, scoring 72/100 on Metacritic. However, the album did contain one track which brought Eminem’s talent back into public consciousness.

Beginning with a sample from 1970s Captain America cartoon, a troubled narrator announces, ‘…something’s about to happen… we’re in trouble, big trouble,’ and this was correct in the best way possible.

Giving an overview of his career, Eminem claims to be initially influenced by the likes of Rakim, 2Pac, and Easy-E. Then, altering his flow, Em reiterates his earlier plans and claims to be transcending ability and becoming immortal.

To hammer the power of his ability, Eminem ‘[comes] at you with supersonic speed’ and begins to rap at an astounding 6.1 words per second, winning him Guinness World Record for most words in a hit single. In the lines, ‘I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating / How to give a motherf*ckin’ 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’ll be celebrating,’ Em proves he has been working hard to revitalise his music and this was a good indicator for the future of the rapper.

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