Crooked I Says Eminem's Prowess Shines On "Rap God"

Exclusive: Crooked I also says Eminem is likely not dissing Kendrick Lamar on "Rap God," a new cut off Em's upcoming "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."

Crooked I, a member of Shady Records' Slaughterhouse, recently spoke with HipHopDX about Eminem's new song, "Rap God," a selection set to be on Em's The Marshall Mathers LP 2

"It was crazy," Crooked I said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. "It's just always refreshing to hear a super mainstream artist with bars and skills because a lot of these mainstream dudes that's rapping out there is wack as fuck. So, here's somebody who has all the success and has achieved so much in the game and he still has bars to bar you out the game. It's real refreshing. He basically took the art of double-time rapping and displayed the many different ways you can do that. There's different cadences you can use when you're double-timing. He just displayed almost all of them on one song." 

Crooked I Praises Eminem's Hip Hop Knowledge

On "Rap God," Eminem says he is a product of N.W.A., Rakim, Tupac Shakur and Lakim Shabazz. 

During the interview, Crooked I also praised Eminem's knowledge of Hip Hop. 

"Let's be clear," Crooked I said. "Eminem has a 360 degree knowledge of Hip Hop. Therefore, he can drop names like Lakim Shabazz. These new mothafuckas don't know who the fuck that is and it's no excuse because we have the Internet.

"You can go look up the Hip Hop pioneers," Crooked I continued. "If you're really into the culture, as an emcee, you can go find out what Big Daddy Kane was spittin', what Kool G Rap was spittin'. You can go to listen to the whole Illmatic [by Nas] front-to-back. You can go listen to [Jay Z's] Reasonable Doubt. There's no excuse. With Em, he has a 360 degree knowledge of the game...Eminem is displaying that he's a real Hip Hop emcee [on 'Rap God']. You can't take that away from him ever. That's what I love about that song." 

Crooked I Responds To Those Saying "Rap God" Disses Kendrick Lamar

During the interview, Crooked I was asked what lines stood out most from the track.

"I know a lot of people are talking about, 'Why be a king when you can be a god?'" Crooked I said. "I know a lot of people feel like that was a jab at Kendrick. But, to me, that whole song stands out."

Crooked added that he does not think the line was aimed at Kendrick Lamar.

"Nah," Crooked I said. "Me knowing who Em is, every time I'm around Em, he has said nothing but good things about Kendrick and Kendrick's artform, so I wouldn't just think that all of a sudden he would just take a jab at him out of nowhere. That don't make sense, but I can't speak for Eminem. I don't know exactly what he was thinking when he said that, but as a listener, I didn't take it like he was saying that to Kendrick. There's been a lot of people in Hip Hop who've declared themselves kings. If that's the case, he's shooting at everybody." 

Eminem's "Rap God" can be heard below.

Crooked I is set to be featured in tonight's airing of BET Hip Hop Awards. He participated in the Slaughterhouse cypher along with fellow groupmates Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9 and Joe Budden. 

Eminem signed Slaughterhouse to Shady Records for the group's 2012 effort, Welcome to Our House. Eminem produced several tracks on the project, including "Throw That" and "Asylum." Eminem also mixed several songs on the album. Additionally, Eminem was a co-producer on several selections and the executive producer of the group's project. 

In 2011, Eminem performed alongside Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf as part of the BET Hop Hop Awards cypher. Their 2011 cypher can be viewed below.

Shady Records 2.0 Boys 2011 Cypher (Uncut) from Shady Records on Vimeo.

Photography By: Andres Tardio

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  • haters gonna be haters

    People try to be a rap expertise in hip hop culture while y'all are nothing but a minnie mouse rapper and wanna be rapper that thought u could rhyme, try battle Em and I bet y'all black ass got whipped. Where Kool G Rap, JayZ, Busta, Nas, Hopsin, Tech9ine, Redman, the Game, loaded lux, even rookie player praised Eminem skill from A to Z and they are black if you want to play racist game. Then what you reply just can be simple by saying "dickrider" bsshhhh such a "smart" comment. NO more than that y'all can say anything. You can just criticise but ur skill is small as micro neutron. By means you cannot say more than you don't like it, further more than that y'all speak rubbish. AND BTW Eminem big from underground rap.

  • Anonymous

    black man is dog licking white boy's ass LAUGHTERHOUSE

  • megagodzilla

    Did he say Nigga? - Rap God

  • Anonymous

    Crooked I needs to get Eminem's dick removed from his ass.

  • aria

    crooked I look like teddy off of black ink crew

  • Anonymous

    "Em never actually collaborates with any actually talented MCs". Busta Rhymes, Redman, Xhibit, Snoop, Sticky fingaz, da outsidas, thirstin howl III and he had verse on "the anthem". What was that again?

  • don't get it twisted

    Music is evolving, so Em has to evolve to stay with the times. This means that MMLP2 will be different to its original counterpart. People are looking too closely, meaning that they are just comparing beats, and the theme of horrorcore. Look at the big picture, seriously. The music will be more modern and evolved, however the thing about the first MMLP was that it was controversial and different to the current music at the time. You can see this with Berzerk. Another reason why MMLP2 will be like the original is because it will be more focused on lyrics rather than complex beats. MMLP was different from SSLP because it was more introspective in its lyrics rather than focusing on the Slim Shady alter ego.

  • Robizle

    Decent track Em. This dudes so so shit is still the best out nowadays! The guy rhymes!!!! figure it out pugs..

  • Anonymous

    you all peep that cypher???? compare that to any of the new (or old) none compare!


    Crooked is right, all these retarded new digital age fans that got into hip hop through social media will not know who Lakim Shabazz or Rakim are and suddenly assume that line was a jab at Kendrick because they worship his ass so much. Fuck this new era and its stupid fans, they will NEVER understand what this culture is all abot

  • MrMythos

    Y'all niggas needa go back and listen to Hell the Sequel. THE WHOLE ALBUM. Em never fell off, but to be honest Berzerk was wack.

  • 2 turntables

    Definetly was a killer cut. Though it was more flow than content unlike" Any Man" but he didn't lose a stripe. Looking for the album.

  • Anonymous

    lakim shabbaz from Jersey??? um ok... Interesting choice did eminem just buy his bck catelouge for $5 and is hoping his views will go from 1000 to 40 million.

  • Anonymous

    He wouldnt diss Kendrick, he only disses female pop stars .

  • twoholla

    Why is this fucking newz. Of course, Crooked I is going to praise him....that's his freakin' boss & he's signed to his label! The bigger news should be WHY CAN'T CROOKED I develop a good ear for beats so he can actually put out a banging full-length, all original songs album. I'm from the West & I love Crooked I so I have all of his gazillion mixtapes (his mixtapes are better than his any studio stuff he's recorded recently). For some reason, Crooked has a great ear for killing it on other peoples beats but that same ear seemingly goes 'def' when deciding to select beats for his original releases ('Apex Predator'-Crooked kills it as usual but the beats were just passable & blah blah for the most part)!

    • anonymous

      A good rapper's gift and curse is to feel they can kill any beat you give them no matter how wack the beat is. Can't say he's wack tho he just needs to be more discriminating of the beats he gets.

    • Lil Loc

      He's a perfect example of an MC who can freestyle for hours but couldn't make an actual decent song to save his life.

    • Anonymous

      so true i think he's one of the most technically gifted rappers with the whole package but cant put together a decent project

  • imho

    MMLP2 is aboutto be a beast fuck it.. classic? idk i need to listen but its about to be a monster at the very least.. Bezerk is hot. Survival is underrated bec its pretty solid but Rap god is on a whole other level that i havnt heard him rap like..ever

  • Anonymous

    survival ,berzerk , and rap god looking like a classic

  • Anonymous

    'Why be a king when you can be a god?'" i thought that line was referring to king mathers cashis said they shelved it

  • Anonymous

    lyrically amazing but the beat is still wack wish it was some crazy dre beat or something

  • Anonymous

    Find out what the other MMLP2 tracks will sound like here...


    THANK YOU CROOKED FOR CLEARING THIS SHIT UP. media think everyone is going after kdot. kill that. that song demonstrated why he is god of rap period. you cant out rhyme him, with lyrics, style nor flavor. he has it all. not to mention knowledge of these hip hop legends. that's why he is the best. hands down.

  • Anonymous

    that 2011 BET cypher was dope. just watched it again!! that hi rihanna shit was pretty weak tho

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  • Samwise G

    I have been a big hater of Eminem beginning with Recovery but I love this track. This is the Eminem I'm used to with the diverse characters and using his voice more like an instrument.

  • One

    The beat to "Rap God" is kinda annoying. He goes off on it but had to stop it due to the shitty beat. I thought Dre was working on the album.

    • Anonymous

      hes a genius

    • B true

      Exactly what Anon. said. The beat just kinda grows on you. I didn;t like it at first hear neither. But hey about the producing. Dr.dre also didn't do all the beats for Eminem's MMLP1 and it was a great succes and had some sick beats to it. Just saying.. don't need dre to hit big.

    • Anonymous

      He's executive producer but that doesn't mean he produces every beat, or even any beat. Also, I'd give the track a few more listens. The beat grew on me, it may grow on you too. If not fair enough though.

  • B true

    Okey, Why not be honest?! You don't have to like Em, You can hate him all you want, but if you're true to hiphop and claim to have knowledge you cannot deny that this song is just 2 sick 4 words! And truth b told. Fans most of the time dont c the true talent cause of that 1 artist they dig. Other TALENTED artist, recognize true talent. The best in the game have called eminem one of the best! And i'm postive they this sick song will get a great response too from them. So say whatever you say about him, but if you know hiphop, you know how crazy this was.

    • Jake

      He doesnt collab with good artists? Lil Wayne Drake Royce Kanye Ti Dr Dre Snoop X Dmx Obie Jay Z Slaughterhouse Yelawolf Hmm all of them might not be great rappers but are no means shitty!

    • Anonymous

      Yay, more Skylar Grey...

    • Anonymous

      lol man..Eminem doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. You guys are talking about him being "scared". The man has been rapping for 13 years and still sells a million easy. Why have guest spots when you are the # 1 rapper people want to hear. ha but thank god 50 cent didn't make the cut.

    • djnemo65

      Eminem provided the only guest appearance on Jay Z's best album, when Jay was in his absolute prime. He outshone Jay so brightly on that song that Nas mentioned it in Ether, and Jay even admitted as much on BP3. So the idea that Em is scared to be outdone on a track is pretty silly.

    • Truzo

      ykw, tell me, why is he doing a feature on Busta Rhymes next album? That song will be a friendly rap battle between busta rhymes and em, so saying Em is scared to be outdone is a little bit dumb, don't you think?

    • B true

      @ykw Em scared of being outdone?! haha LOL. (and not just typing el oh el, but this really made me laugh bro) He's one of the sickest mceees out there. Every collab he does, the other rapper trying his best to keep up. realtalk!

    • B true

      Kendrick outshine Em?! Really??! Naahh man. Kendrick talented for sure man, let's make no mistake. He got some sick word play too. but no... this still Eminem we're talking bout. Kendrick still has a looong way to go. And one more time.. These verses were hella hard homey!!

    • ykw

      You know what's sad, with a name like ''Love Game'' and the fact Em never actually collaborates with any actually talented MCs gives me a big indication that Kendrick probably just did the hook on that song, like he does on a lot of his features. Be honest, we know Em is scared of being outdone on a song, that's probably why that Tech N9ne collab never came through.

    • Anonymous

      Lol he says "for many reasons" but doesn't list any. Also so what if Kendrick outshines him. Kendrick is in his prime right now. Em's been out of his prime for over 10 years, and is still making music that lyrically is better than almost anything out.

    • Anonymous

      he went off. but the song didn't come out good for many reasons. i mean if k dot outshines dude on the song they did together then this dude is done.

  • Anonymous

    Damn, make that 4.

  • Anonymous

    3 idiots in a row

  • Anonymous

    i know who lakim shabbaz is. what the fuck is this dude talkin about.

  • Anonymous

    yeah right. we know u ain't gonna talk bad about ur boss. the fact is that rap god sucked and is overrated with a lot of kindergarten rhymes

    • Jake

      Did you know Jay Electronica was on Control with KDot and Big Sean? Yea neither did anyone else because he is wack and everyone turns it off after Kendrick lol Jay Electronica smh -____-

    • Bangsta

      "jay elecs lyrics are more hard to understand" lol what's so hard about what that nigga says on record??? lmao damn son you sound like a deaf man or just a plain retard

    • Anonymous

      dude your a fucking dumbass for saying that stfu

    • Anonymous

      jay elecs lyrics are more hard to understand than Ems so what are you talking about.

    • Anonymous

      i made the prior comment and my fav rapper is jay electronica.

    • Anonymous reaction sucks

      Tell me, what's your favourite artist? Nicki Minaj? Lil Wayne? Drake? If you like them, you know nothing about real hip-hop. Just try to understand the lyrics instead of listening to rappers that only rap about money, cars, bitches and all that other bullshit

  • 101

    the only rapper i like from Detroit is danny brown

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