Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Label: Aftermath, Shady, Interscope
Eminem isn't good at very many things. He doesn't know how to use a computer, he hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to women, and he isn't exactly the sharpest dresser. But he does know how to do one thing really, really ridiculously well: He knows how to rap. And thanks to his ability to write endlessly intricate rhymes (and recite them without, apparently, breathing) he's become obnoxiously rich and famous. Still there's basically only one thing he wants to do: Rap really, really ridiculously well.
"Rap God" is another entry in the "Oh My God, This Guy Raps Better Than Anyone On The Planet" category. Eminem has been adding chapters in that book for over a decade now, so it's easy to sit back with your arms crossed and look unimpressed. But don't front. If any other rapper were to spit bars like, "So you be Thor and I'll be Odin, you rodent, I'm omnipotent/Let off then I'm reloading immediately with these bombs I'm toting/And I should not be woken, I'm the walking dead, but I'm just a talking head/A zombie floating, but I got your mom deep-throating," you'd lose your fucking mind. —Insanul Ahmed