Logic and Eminem Just Released the Song of the Year: "Homicide"

The two emcees invite us to revel in lyrical slaughter with them

There are some artists who get hit with anticipatory hate and blind criticism well before their upcoming projects even drop.

Rappers Logic and Eminem are both very familiar with this. Logic, for one, has been branded by the Twittersphere and Redditopia as corny and predictable. And public assertions of his biracial identity have also been ill-received by many, at least in various comments sections and subreddits, where shade-throwing seems to have become a national sport.

Does Eminem's familiarity with knee-jerk criticism even need to be addressed? Slim Shady is definitely no stranger to shade, though some of the scandals surrounding the rapper have been more warranted than others over the course of his 25-year career. Some of the lyrics of his earlier work, for example, were famously rallied against by LGBTQ advocacy groups such as GLAAD. But more recently, the majority criticism has been directed at the quality of his music rather than the controversy of his lyrics.

On "Homicide," though, the two emcees everyone loves to hate team up for an impressive spectacle of murderous flows. Over a beat made of pure fire (produced by Bregma) Logic leads the lyrical onslaught with a hook, which is really more of an occasionally reprised verse than a catchy chorus, spitting, "Fuck rap / Bustin' like an addict with a semi-automatic / who done had it, and he ready for anyone to buck back / Hold up, catch a vibe, ain't no way in hell we leavin' nobody alive / Leave a suicide note? Fuck that." Logic, throughout the course of his following two verses manages to confidently rap on Eminem's level—a feat few emcees could perform.

On the third verse, Eminem reminds the world why he's often listed as one of the best to ever pick up a mic. It's the quick-witted wordplay and intricate, multi-syllabic rhyme schemes he weaves into rapid-fire bars like, "Beast mode, motherfuckers 'bout to get hit / With so many foul lines, you think I'm a free throw / Figured it was about time for people to eat crow / You about to get out-rhymed, how could I be dethroned? / I stay on my toes [tows] like the repo, a behemoth in sheep clothes / From the East Coast to the West, I'm the ethos and I'm the G.O.A.T / Who the best, I don't gotta say a fuckin' thing, though / 'Cause MCs know."

This is the first track that Eminem and Logic have teamed up for and it was a definite success. The outsider status that both rappers have enjoyed throughout their careers, in hindsight, makes you wonder why this collab didn't happen sooner.

"Homicide" is the third single from Logic's forthcoming album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.


Dustin DiPaulo is a writer and musician from Rochester, New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University and can most likely be found at a local concert, dive bar, or comedy club (if he's not getting lost somewhere in the woods).

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Pheeyownah Releases New Euphoric Single: "Gold"

Electro R&B Artist, Pheeyownah drops a new gloomy and atmospheric love song

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Haunting, dreamy, poetic, and ambient: these are just a few of the qualities of "Gold," the new single from R&B artist, Pheeyownah.

Fans of SZA, Flume, Bjork, FKA Twigs, and MIA are sure to love this new song from the Stockholm-based Ugandan songwriter, musician, and dancer. "Gold" is the next single off her debut album, Silver, and if this song is any indication of what's to come, R&B and dream pop fans can expect a beautiful, atmospheric, and profound addition to their music collections.

"Gold" fades in smoothly with an evolving synth bass line that is simultaneously upbeat and downtrodden — a dreamy take on reggae. As soon as the low end is established, Pheeyownah's smoky vocals cascade in, perfectly setting the tone for the song to come. Over a moody melody, she sings, "Your simplicity is oh so complex/ As your atoms intertwine with mine/ Our skinless bodies dance/ Uninterrupted 'til the end of time."

Lyrics with such vivid imagery and poetic gravity are uncommon these days, especially when it comes to music with a pop bent, so Pheeyownah's lyricism is an exhilarating breath of fresh air.

The song continues to build up to the chorus, which hooks the listener with an understated yet palpable drum loop and a string arrangement that's as mesmerizing as it is catchy. Floating over the top of all this, Pheeyownah can be heard airily vocalizing and repeating the phrase, "I love you, my love." The result is a hauntingly beautiful love song that makes the listener think of the darker side of romance.

The many subtle, moving parts of "Gold" all come together and fade away effortlessly to create an overall mood of inevitability and longing. The simple and eerie nature of this song makes perfect sense when you consider the singer's written statement on it: "Writing love songs is easy when it comes to writing about my big love. This time I managed to incorporate my infatuation with sci-fi and the result of that is 'Gold.'"

The result of that is gold, indeed. Check out Pheeyownah's latest single premiering exclusively on Popdust, and keep an eye out for Silver, due out May 3rd on Labrador Records.

Dustin DiPaulo is a writer and musician from Rochester, New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University and can most likely be found at a local concert, dive bar, or comedy club if he's not getting lost somewhere in the woods.

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