Eminem declares himself a 'rap god'
October 15th, 2013
02:38 PM ET

Eminem declares himself a 'rap god'

Where Kanye West just calls himself a god, Eminem is more specific.

The Detroit rapper has released a new single, "Rap God," from his upcoming album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."

The track is the ninth song on the album, directly following Em's earlier release, the '80s-inflected "Berzerk."

And, like "Berzerk," "Rap God" also "pays tribute to the old school ... though in a less obvious way," critiques Rolling Stone. "Rather than give his chorus to an R&B crooner like Rihanna or the New Royales' Liz Rodrigues, the latter of whom sang on his recent 'MM2' single 'Survival,' he instead delivers a straight rap refrain about feeling like a rap deity. His verses recall hip-hop history ... as much as his own history."

But, MTV suggests, "Rap God" is also unique enough to raise questions about how he's shaping his upcoming release.

"It seems that Marshall's focus on ('Rap God') is simply to have the most expertly laid verses," MTV says, "adding yet another wrinkle to his November 5 album."

If you're OK with explicit language, you can listen to "Rap God" here. What do you think? The single is now available on iTunes.


Filed under: Celebrities • Music

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  1. khire talley

    the best rapper alive .. follow me on twitter @YNWBshooter , i will follow back ..

    October 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hater

    MM is the best performer in a genre that sucks as a whole. No matter how high you go in the rap game, you're still a rapper. Nuff said.

    October 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HAHAH

    I love how all you people on here are saying "anyone can rap" "rap is what you do when you can't play an instrument" "takes no talent to talk over a beat" Really? Well how about you become a rapper, sell millions of albums, win grammy awards and become rich and famous...

    October 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • who?

      Oh yeah. The other thing needed to be a rap star: millions of stupid people with no taste in music who will fall prey to slick marketing and part with their hard-earned money. By the way, HAHA, I don't see your name on the Billboard Hot 100 either.

      October 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M.A.P.

    Eh, fast rapping about monica lewinsky is SOOOOO 90's. Eminem's music has dated terribly, and this new album sounds like it was made in 93. Rap God? No – rap has-been.

    October 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BK

      EM is nice but the problem is (HIP IS DEAD) nobody respect real rap so EM makes a joint like this that he truly knows that its not his style but he has to make music for what the people want which is pop tart art I miss NWA Biggie NAS the old Jay Z the real GOD Rakim Scareface KRS 1 Wu tang Tupac all of these artists are hip hop we have to suffer with Two chains trinidad james really my heart hurts!!!!!!!!!

      October 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Marshall Mather's'
      A$$
      Puppet?

      October 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Boo

    They're both full of s**t.

    October 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. homey G

    A white dude? Rap god? Ni&&a please.

    October 16, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jermaine Antwan Piere

    yo yo yo yo yo u know what i'm sayin i be like why u trippin dawg he be like you stepped on my shoe i be like my bad hommie i know how its like to be dissed Bruno sat on my face during an award show u dig fo real. i ran away cryin likea little girl but now im straight cuz i be white and peeps love my gangsta pastiness fo real fo real. yeah yeah yeah.

    October 16, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eminem

    do nro understand why he takes it. there has too be a reason involved putting up with Rihanna or her other 2 hoes...your a musical talent in your own right. What is the point. Its all manipulation against you NOT for you.
    Wake Up Eminem.

    October 16, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. qwerty

    Rap god? Like that's important or something? 90% of rap is about telling others how great you are. Big Fking Deal. Doesn't make it true.

    October 16, 2013 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lit Fan

    Eminem is a lyrical and literary genius. He gravitated to the medium available to him in his youth. But, I truly believe that had he lived 500 years ago, we'd be studying him in universities as part of the great cannon of literature. You just can't keep that kind of genius down. His command of the English language is vast and subtle. He's often working on not just 2 but 3 levels of metaphor in a song. He read dictionaries cover-to-cover as kid. Ever tried that? Let me tell you, it's hard. "C" is damn long letter to get through, and you eventually want to go out & play w/ your friends. He was determined to "not let a word escape" him. Sure there's a lot BS that comes w/ his genre, and many fans have no clue what he's actually doing, but to write off his talent just because you don't appreciate or understand the medium is ignorant. Hope his new album lives up to talent.

    October 16, 2013 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Who?

      Rap is what you do when you can't play an instrument or sing. Takes no talent to talk over a beat from a computer.

      October 16, 2013 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerty

      If his new album lives up to his talent, the leftover CD's will make nice targets at the firing range.

      October 16, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Oh please, saying he is a genius is as annoying as Kanye West saying he's a genius. Just because he can rhyme and uses shock tactics to get teenage boys into him, does NOT make him a fuking genius. Jesus christ.

      October 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Danica

    You can understand every word he says, just have to listen and all of it makes sense. Eminen's music I believe is an acquired taste. Overall nobody has been as original as this rap god, great entertainment. He knows what he's doing There's not another like him! Good Chit!

    October 16, 2013 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Stephen

    Best song ever...Best MC ever...Case closed

    October 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Who?

      Being the best rapper is like being the best garbage collector or sewer inspector. No big deal.

      October 16, 2013 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. RAP GODZ

    first kanye is Jesus....NOW...marshall is GOD... U BOTH 2GETHER = NOTHING.....cuz neither 1 of u hold a candle 2 the REAL RAP GOD.......RAKIM

    October 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Who?

      Never heard of him. Rap is a third-rate form of entertainment for people who have no clue what real music is. It takes no talent at all to talk into a microphone over a computer-generated beat.

      October 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gold

    Em is a poet with amazing otherworldly control of syllables and dialect. I am really glad he has come into his renaissance. Solid Gold. I am glad I got to witness him in my lifetime. Really amazing stuff.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Huh?

    this is just boring... I loved em when he was cool... but this ain't gangsta .... it's grandma

    October 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Redneck dreaming of an M & M beatdown

    Another self aggrandizing rap ego spouting off his big mouth. A "god"? Maybe a false idol discarded on the dungheap of history. Alas, I'm not in the consumer niche that patronizes this genre. Tell me, rap fans: Assuming "God" is intended to mean pre eminent in the genre, agree or not?

    October 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Filthowitz

    Eminem declares himself a 'crap god'

    There editors, I fixed it for you. You can thank me later.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Remy

    ok let me get this straight ......yer the God or Kimye's the God ........no wait, yer the God , he's the Genius ??

    October 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Django

      Kanye is no genius. MM is organic produce. Kanye is pesticides

      October 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snorlax@Django, Remy

      I wouldn't trust these two clowns together to clean my cat's litter box.

      October 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Screw Kanye

    Eminem runs circles around Kanye when it comes to writing lyrics.

    October 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Lancaster

    God Damn. That was good.

    October 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Huh?

    For the love of all that is holy, why?

    October 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |

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