If there’s anything we’ve learned from “Berzerk,” “Survival,” and now this new The Marshall Mathers LP 2 cut “Rap God,” it’s that Eminem is so stridently Eminem that when he makes reference to Monica Lewinsky, a name-drop dated as ever, it feels right. Those cultural moments are so deeply rooted to his origin and there is something that feels so ’90s about this recent crop of tunes, that reminding us he popped off when Clinton was president is something that bleeds through the music — there’s probably no need for that note. But we can let that one slide for the certainly egregious use of Hot Stylz’s “Lookin’ Boy” as source material. Do you guys even remember that song? (You should. It rules. But it’s a one hit wonder from 2007.) But it’s forgivable because one of the other things that remains forever true about Eminem is that, my goodness, can he rap circles around nearly everyone. Here he offers lyrical darts, precise as ever, on a track clocking in at 6 minutes with no hook and a legion of flows. Check it out below.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out 11/5 on Shady/Aftermath/Interscope. He plays SNL 11/2.