Today Eminem released a music video for what is arguably his most head spinning song on the Marshall Mathers LP 2, "Rap God."
"Rap God" as a song is an impressive feat in lyrical wordplay, breath control and overall hip-hop at its finest. Eminem switches his flows between fast, slow, double time, and even throws in a triple time part that leaves the listener questioning if the words he is saying are even real because of the blazing speed of the delivery.
In an era of rap where braggadocio reigns supreme, Eminem sets out to seal the deal on who he feels is the best rapper of all time, taking himself above royalty and proclaiming himself as a Rap God. "Why be a king, when you can be a God?" he says in the song.
The video features a number of references that range from video games, movies and various pop culture. The focal points of the video are him being strapped into a chair and hooked to tubes like something out of movie "The Matrix." At other cuts he is in what appears to be a venue performing hip-hop, and still at other points of the video he is switching through portals of the "Portal" video game series as he transforms.
Running over six minutes long, the song is about three minutes longer than most other singles, but the enigmatic rapper can get away with doing things like this because of his status.
Watch the video here (WARNING EXPLICIT).
This is the third music video off of his critically acclaimed Marshall Mathers LP 2 album as "Rap God" follows "Berzerk" and "Survival" as music videos.
MMLP2 is the followup to Em's classic and best selling album, Marshall Mathers LP, from 2000.
What MMLP2 manages to do so well is revisit his signature style from the early 2000s while updating his flow and maturity for a 40 year-old sober and more seasoned self. As the listener goes track by track they will be able to hear the influences and throwbacks to each of one his albums; quite literally as well too, because he uses a slew of samples from his catalog.
Overall, to call MMLP2 a classic is a little premature, but if looked at for what it is, it is almost like a greatest hits of sorts, as the album touches on every part of Eminem's career. It has the darkness of the first MMLP, the psychoticness of the Slim Shady LP, the pin point precision of The Eminem Show, the playfulness of Encore, the rapid fire aggressive flow seen on Recovery and Bad Meets Evil, and some of the silly almost "head scratching" moments of Relapse.