If you drove a Ferrari everyday, it would be easy to forget about the type of power you could access at any time. Sure, when you first pulled into your driveway with it, all of your neighbors and co-workers probably stood bewildered with their chins scraping against their perfectly manicured lawns. Now? After a couple thousand trips to the grocery store, no one bats an eye. Every once in a while you’ve gotta take that miracle of engineering out onto the highway, lean onto the gas pedal, and open it up.
That’s what Eminem did on “Rap God.” His pop leaning singles with the likes of Rihanna and Skylar Grey are still wildly successful, but don’t satisfy fans of Em as a lyrical acrobat. On “Rap God,” Em discards his hitmaking formula, and just pulls out every trick in the book. He switches flows and subject matter at the blink of an eye, going from deliberate to aggressive, wacky to serious, culminating in a homage to JJ Fad’s “Supersonic” that sounds like it was performed by an auctioneer on methamphetamine.
While, the track is light on substance, and more an exercise to show the rap world what he can do, Em manages to leave tire marks in the lawns of everyone that thinks he’s lost his touch.