Drake’s latest track has its moments, not without flaws drake • “0 To 100 / the catch up” • cash money Anytime a new single drops from Drake, it’s big news. The World Wide Web has been abuzz with the news of Drizzy dropping “0 to 100/ The Catch Up”. Remember when a little joint by the name of “Started At The Bottom” dropped via … Continue reading Thoughts On Drake’s “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
“I know we in church, and the way that I’m thinking wrong”, Compton MC Game spits on “Hallelujah”. Earlier, on the same album (Jesus Piece) on a track entitled “Church”, Game spits as follows: “I’m tryin’ to go to church / get some chicken wings, after that hit the strip club / see some hoes, twerk…” Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! How many times have you been … Continue reading Playlist: 10 Secular-Minded Religious-Referencing Rap Songs
Beyoncé couldn’t get it done for a fourth consecutive week…sigh. She gives up her throne this week to the Frozen soundtrack. Between Frozen and Beyoncé – albums nos. 1 and 2 – they’re the only albums to sell over 100,000 copies this week. Christmas has come and gone folks! Frozen grows in sales moving 165,000 copies, while Beyoncé shrinks to 130,000 copies. For Beyoncé, this … Continue reading The Frozen Soundtrack Dethrones Queen Bey for No. 1
Need ten jams to spin? Here’s my list of ten of November 2013’s hottest joints! 1) Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, “Do What U Want” (ARTPOP) “Applause” may have been a bust of sorts, but Gaga got herself together with the help of one of R&B’s most salacious presences, R. Kelly. Playing on words, “Do What U Want” accomplishes Gaga’s love for double meanings. If examined … Continue reading 10 Memorable Tracks from November
Eminem keeps hip-hop ‘alive and well’ on MMLP2 Eminem⎪The Marshall Mathers LP 2 ⎪ Aftermath⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 5, 2013 It seems like a decade since hip-hop was considered to be “dead” – well it’s nearly been a decade actually. Nas went so far to memorialize the genre on his 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead. Again, in 2013, we have a rap vet … Continue reading Review: Eminem, ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2’
I’ll admit that during the month of October I missed out on a couple of albums (Pearl Jam, Scotty McCreery, Korn, Paul McCartney, etc.). Alas, that is the life of a music journalist and music critic – you can’t listen to ‘em all. Despite this, from the albums I did partake of, I’ve assembled a list of ‘gems’ to start out November 2013 just right! … Continue reading November’s Playlist: The Best of October 2013
Eminem⎪ “Rap God” (single) ⎪Aftermath ⎪⎪ U.S. Release Date: October 15, 2013
In rap music in 2013, everyone seems to want to be the ‘Savior’. Kanye West proclaimed himself to be a ‘god’ on the blatantly titled “I Am A God”, even foreshadowing beforehand on Yeezus at the end of “Black Skinhead”. A$AP Ferg even titled his debut Trap Lord. Argue the difference between lord and god all you want, but they seem nearly, if not ‘one in the same’. Jay-Z joined the boat as well on Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Why is everyone trying to be God? I’m unsure, but there sure have been plenty of ‘gods’ this year.
A couple of years ago, it was fine to be merely a ‘king’ (P$C’s “I’m a King” comes to mind as a perfect example), but now everyone has those ‘heavenly ambitions’, no matter how blasphemous they end up being. After Kendrick Lamar seemed to be the pre-season no. 1 of ‘god-status’ in hip-hop (without saying so necessarily but insinuating such), veteran shock MC Eminem also seems to have an incredibly compelling, if sinful argument on his epic new single “Rap God”. As the new order of rap seems firmly afloat in 2013, Eminem certainly isn’t out to have his vibe or contributions to the game killed. For those lame-o’s that needed a reminder and for the generation that didn’t grow up with Marshall Mathers, well he’s back in a big way. Let’s analyze Eminem’s, um, gospel… And by the way, I’mma try to keep this as classy as possible, really.
Analyzing the Intro & Hook(s)
Maybe Drake says it best on “Started On The Bottom”: “I done kept it real from the jump…” Eminem does just that as the intro foreshadows both the mood and the duration of “Rap God”:
“Something’s wrong, I can feel it (Six minutes, Slim Shady, you’re on)…” So what exactly is wrong? If you read into it as I do, I believe Eminem is suggesting there is quite a talent gap in hip-hop today and that after his six-minute masterpiece, the game-changing MC will once more restore the order or at least redirect the newbies onto the path of righteousness… err good rapping, LOL. Another interpretation of the end-portion “Six minutes, Slim Shady, you’re on…” is that during the six-plus minute duration of “Rap God” Eminem is truly on fire. Cocky and confident, but true. His relevance to the game is also confirmed by lyric “…you were just what the doctor ordered…”
The hook(s) for “Rap God” are pretty much the same, but the end of each hook relates to the proceeding verse, which could certainly be considered ‘higher level thinking’ in rap music these days. I’ll admit, as a musician and songwriter myself, I could stand to make the form more ‘unifying’ as Eminem does on each of the hooks here. The familiar portion of all three is as follows:
“I’m beginning to feel like a Rap God, Rap God / all my people from the front to the back nod, back nod…”
The end of the first hook is where the segue comes in with the first verse in mind: “…Now who thinks their arms are long enough to slapbox, slapbox / they said I rap like a robot, so call me Rapbot”. Can you guess what Eminem raps about at the beginning of his first verse? Yes, his fast paced, ‘intelligent’ rhymes. Proceding the first verse, the second hook is identical to the first except the final line states “Let me show you maintaing this sh*t ain’t that hard, that hard”.
The final hook is the most drastically different and should be (the third verse deserves such). It is as follows after the familiar portion: “…The way I’m racing around the track, call me Nascar, Nascar / Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park, the White Trash God / Kneel before General Zod this planet’s Krypton, no Asgard, Asgard.” Only Marshall Mathers could make comic books sound cool and gangsta in rap. Yep.