Rap God by Eminem
Premiering on various social media sites on October 14, 2013, Rap God starring Eminem was released the very next day as his third single from his eighth studio album. Produced by Justin Diener and Kathy Angstadt, and directed by Rich Lee, the video was filmed in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
Eminem, who wrote this song, revealed that it only took him six minutes to complete within a two day period using an empty warehouse. The video was filmed at the Russell Industrial Center complex, taking only two days to finish.
Receiving positive reviews, the critics are praising Eminem for his lyrical ability (hence the six minutes!) and his rapping speed, which is lightening turbo-fast. This video is a good example of Eminem staying true to his passion despite his other chart-topping hits. The message is simple. He loves to rhyme! Clearly showing his talent by rapping a whopping 6,000 words in under six minutes, the song proves that Eminem has the ability to cleverly implement jokes and humor into his work, as well as maintain his serious side as displayed in his song with Rihanna. (Love the way you lie).
The song refers to past conflicts he has had along the way in his career, even so far as bringing up the Lewinsky scandal to showing that he has been around for a long time. Immortal, or always alive, can be a way to describe the work of Eminem, which ties in to the title of the song, Rap God.
Eminem is known for never stepping down from what he wants to say, even if it hurts. This is why he is so incredibly famous, and why so many love and respect him. In Rap God, he brings up fifteen other rappers. It took a minute to figure out if he was dissing them or giving them props. My conclusion is mostly props.
The video has a cool vibe of Eminem going back into time as he is rapping in front of neon colored graphics similar to popular colors from the 1980’s, and wearing the typical business-man suit, to a futuristic never-ending force of rapping domination, displaying the persona of the worlds’ first computer-generated T.V. host, Max Headroom. Max Headroom was a character who first appeared in a 1985 British movie “Max Headroom: 20 minutes into the future”.
Starting at four minutes and twenty-six seconds into the video, Eminem takes off by spitting out 97 words in only fifteen seconds. Describing his talent as “Supersonic speed” you can’t deny that it’s a true statement. His rapping in this verse averages by 6.5 words per second. I’d say that the title of this song is appropriately perfect.
Eminem confirms his status as the true Rap God by going back into time and reliving his most controversial days, proving that he has been around for it all, and he isn’t scared to throw in the same lines that quickly brought controversy probably still today. This shows that he is still, and always has been true to himself as a public figure.