Being one of the greatest rappers alive comes with a lot of responsibility; and like Relapse, some of Marshall Mathers' creative risks have been a swing and a miss.
We know this, we expect this, and we accept this. But as the 46-year-old rapper tries really hard to prove he's still cool, his latest feature on Boogie's Everything's For Sale has left fans polarized and haters rejoicing. Over a hard beat, Eminem comes in with fire and fury, rapping:
"I left my legacy hurt? Fuckin' absurd. / Like a shepherd havin' sex with his sheep, fuck what you heard."
While the lyric was delivered as a statement to quell the critics of Marshall's latest super-aggy LP Kamikaze, the lyric's resounding awkwardness cascaded into the Twittersphere, where the internet was quick to dismiss the MC.
After further analysis, it seems that Eminem is using a pun to convey that the idea of his legacy being ruined is as ridiculous as a shepherd banging its flock. Maybe he should have work-shopped this a little more before sending it along to Boogie. Regardless, Everything's For Sale is one of the tightest Hip-Hop albums of the year. Boogie recently told Billboard, "I don't think anyone understands that I want to take his spot," referring to dethroning Eminem. "I love him and that's my big bro...But I want his spot, and I want to be richer than him." Well, with a verse like that, Eminem's demise may happen sooner rather than later.
Boogie - Rainy Days ft. Eminem [Audio] www.youtube.com
Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area. Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.
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