Eminem has released “Rap God,” a selection from his forthcoming The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Clocking in at more than six minutes, the song’s intro features the Detroit rapper saying, “Six minutes, Slim Shady you’re on,” a play off of similar lyrics from Doug E. Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew’s 1985 single “The Show.”
Eminem then begins his rap with the song’s chorus. “I’m beginning to feel like a rap god, rap god,” Eminem raps on the song, which is scheduled to be available on iTunes at midnight EST (October 15), according to Eminem’s Facebook page. “All my people from the front to back nod, back nod.”
In the second verse of “Rap God,” Eminem says he uses music “as a vehicle to bust a rhyme / Now I lead a new school full of students.” That reference is a nod to Leaders of the New School, the early 1990s rap group of which Busta Rhymes was a member before he embarked upon a solo recording career.
Also in the second verse, Eminem says he’s a product of Rakim, Lakim Shabazz, 2Pac and N.WA.
In the song’s third verse, Eminem says his rhymes could help people through tough times. He also recounts Ray J’s beef with Fabolous. He then references J. J. Fad’s 1988 single “Supersonic” and raps in a rapid-fire manner similar to the one M.C.J.B., Baby-D and Sassy C used on the cut, which was produced by Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and Arabian Prince.
Eminem ends the song by saying, “Why be a king when you can be a god?”
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is scheduled to be released November 5. Eminem released the collection’s tracklist Thursday (October 10). “Rap God” is the ninth song on the set, which is slated to feature 16 tunes, including the previously released single “Berzerk,” which has been certified platinum.