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Eminem premiered the new song “Rap God” online Monday.
“Why be a king when you can be a God?” Em says at the close of the breathlessly rapped 6-minute song, which has moments that rank among his most impressive, tongue-twisting displays of wordsmanship.
On the song, the third offering from Eminem’s forthcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” Eminem raps over a bouncy electronic beat that takes its cues from modern EDM production. The song harkens back to the first “Marshall Mathers LP’s” “I’m Back,” where he rapped about Columbine, and the lines were censored from the final version of the album. He repeats the lyrics here — “I take seven kids from Columbine, stand ’em all in a line/ add an AK-47, a revolver, a nine” — and puts a modern spin on it. “See if I get away with it now that I ain’t as big as I was,” he says.
He also, on several occasions, uses the derogatory term for homosexuals that landed him in plenty of hot water around the time of 2000’s “The Marshall Mathers LP.”
The song will be available on iTunes beginning at midnight Tuesday.
“The Marshall Mathers LP 2” is in stores Nov. 5.