Diggin’ Through the Crates: Eminem “Rap God”

You know what’s more gangsta than some Hip-Hop? Hip-Hop with lyrics about comics! You may not know it, but there are tons of artists out in the world that are nerdy at heart. Underneath those expensive jackets and gold chains lie Superman S’s, Batman spotlights, and Spiderman webs that slide ever so subtly out of rappers’ mouths. Little do you know, those kids reading comic books in class are going to grow up to be rappers…yup…rappers. So it comes with great pleasure that I present to you all an addition to Hush that involves my two great loves – Hip-Hop and Comics, YO!

Artist: Eminem

Song: “Rap God”

Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

Lyric: “Dale Earnhardt of the trailer park, the White Trash God/ Kneel before General Zod; this planet’s Krypton – no Asgard, Asgard/ So you be Thor and I’ll be Odin/ you rodent, I’m omnipotent”

Meaning/Character Reference:

“Rap God” is one of the newest hits that’s come from Slim Shady and it’s obvious that not only does he do his comic research and he is not ashamed to show it, but he also understand the chain of command in both the Marvel and DC world.

Let’s break it down: “Kneel before General Zod this planet’s Krypton, No Asgard, Asgard.” As many of you know, General Zod is the warlord of the lost planet of Krypton, and one of Superman’s ultimate enemies. Eminem has always portrayed his alter ego as the “Bad Guy,” so it would seem that General Zod is very appropriate. One of General Zod’s famous lines in comics is “Kneel before Zod” which is something he says to those he believe is inferior – which is everybody. Fun Fact: Michael Shannon, who plays the role of General Zod in Man of Steel, also plays the boyfriend of Eminem’s mom in 8 Mile…..OH SNAP!!

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Seamlessly, Slim moves through universes and dimensions and winds up on Asgard, Asgard (which I can only assume is the capital of Asgard). Now that we are here, who would you think is the biggest badass in that universe? Thor, right? WRONG! Even though Thor is a powerful demi-god, and a premiere member of the Avengers; however, he is not the god of all gods. Odin, Thor’s father, is the greatest of them all. Even Thor knows his place in this world and bows to Odin. Eminem clearly wants the rap game to know that other rap god are still beneath him

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BONUS LYRIC:

“And I should not be woken/ I’m the walking dead, but I’m just a talking head/ A zombie floating.”

Boom! I gave y’all a bonus lyric just because I can. Once again, Eminem displays his nerdiness by referencing a great comic book series and television show, The Walking Dead. In this rhyme, Em’ is basically saying that if you disturb him from his slumber, it’s only going to be bad news for you. Slim is immortal, y’all! Even if you cut his head off, it can’t stop him. He will still be a floating head inside the Governor’ fish tank rap battling any other undead head that challenges him. Eminem prove to be a rap god to the casket and past it.

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That’s all for now. Check back next week for more Hip-Hop and Comics!

Written by Evan Lowe