Eminem’s “Rhyme Or Reason” off The Marshall Mathers LP 2 samples The Zombies’ “Time Of The Season,” a selection off the group’s 1968 album Odessey And Oracle.
On the track, Eminem raps about his status in Hip Hop and his passion for the culture.
“As long as I’m on the clock, punching this time card,” Eminem raps, “Hip Hop ain’t dying on my watch.”
He also speaks about his status as a rapper in the genre’s history.
“Spark the revolution,” Eminem raps on the track. “Rebel without a cause, who caused the evolution / Of Rap to take it to the next level boosted.”
On the track, Eminem also speaks about his father.
“This is all your fault,” Eminem says on the selection. “Maybe that’s why I’m so bananas, I appealed to all those walks of life.”
The track also references The Marshall Mathers LP’s “Criminal.”
“I still am a criminal,” Em says on the track, referencing his cut off the original The Marshall Mathers LP. ten year old degenerate grabbing on my genitals.
The track is a selection off Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Eminem has said that this album is not set to be a continuation of the original.
“Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations,” Eminem says in an upcoming article by Rolling Stone. “I wouldn’t want to call it that just for the sake of calling it that. I had to make sure that I had the right songs – and just when you think you got it, you listen and you’re like, ‘Fuck, man. I feel like it needs this or that,’ to paint the whole picture.”
Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is set to be released in stores November 5.