By Rami Abou-Sabe
Eminem is featured on “No Favors,” the third track off Big Sean’s much anticipated release I Decided. While a younger generation of MCs have risen to prominence in recent years, Slim Shady can still spit with the fire and aggression that put him on the map nearly two decades ago.
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Never one to shy away from social commentary or personal attacks, Marshall Mathers turns his mic on President Donald Trump, disgraced former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, and the New England Patriots in his most recent outing.
Eminem starts off reserved, and in a lower vocal register than we’re used to hearing. But he quickly intensifies, both in pace and verbage, as the track continues. By the end of the verse Eminem has verbally assaulted everyone from Jamie Lee Curtis to Ann Coulter. Listen to the song below.
In reference to his troubled alter ego, Slim Shady delivers, “It may be disturbing, what I’m saying’s cringeworthy / But I’m urinating on Fergie / Call Shady number 81 / Surely I’m turning into the Aaron Hernandez of rap / State of emergency, the planet’s having panic attacks.”
Continuing with the football theme, the Detroit native spits, “Brady’s returning, matter of fact I may be deserving / Of a Pat on the back like a Patriots jersey.”
Always one of the most technically skilled MCs in the game, Eminem’s verse is a master class in compound rhyming and off-beat delivery. He finishes off a firestorm of couplings with a note to our current President, “I’m anti, can’t no government handle a commando / Your man don’t want it, Trump’s a bitch / I’ll make his whole brand go under.”
It’s nice to have you back, Slim.