Eminem's "Kamikaze" Album: The Most Intricate Lyrical Moments

Don’t cut him short, Eminem never wavers f track, even when the acrobatics are kicked into high gear. Say what you will about the man behind the mask, but on a technical level, Em is one the best to ever do it. We’re talking internal rhyme schemes, double-time-triple time, rhymes within rhymes, inadvertent changes in tempo, invertebrate speech, half rhymes, tonal implementation, you name it he’s done it.

There are many instances on Kamikaze in which Eminem displays his dazzling array tricks. In no particular order I’ve selected the best the best, starting with “Not Alike” featuring Royce Da 5’9, himself quite the technician. Tay Keith’s impromptu beat switch calls for Eminem to deliver a more languid flow than he’d like, but in the bottom half the 2nd verse a light sets f and Marshall goes berserk. The bolded part is delivered so rapidly you can’t make out anything but a scribble sound.

“Invisible with the pen, I’m at the pinnacle sick individuals
Stick my dick and put the tip in at minimal
I’m fuckin’ these syllables, I let them lick on my genitals
I’m a fucking invisible, indefensible, despicable, difficult prick
A little bit unpredictable, I spit the formidable
That you bitches are fuckin’ with the original.”

The introductory verse on “Fall” is good example Eminem’s compression act. Eminem’s ability to create amorphous lines over a static metronome has always been his greatest asset. It allows him to add “exposition” at the end each idea, which in turn makes his stories all more idiosyncratic or three-dimensional. The bolded parts are little add-ons that enliven the story without diverging into a tangent.

“Gotta concentrate, against the clock I race
Got no time to waste, I’m already late, I got a marathoner’s pace
Went from addict to a workaholic, word to Dr. Dre
In that first marijuana tape—guess I got a chronic case
And I ain’t just blowin’ smoke, ‘less it’s in your momma’s face
I know this time Paul and Dre, they won’t tell me what not to say.”

This three passages, among others on “Venom” are emblematic Eminem’s “staccato” technique. What Em is essentially doing is puncturing his flow, which in turn allows him to literally create a standstill while the beat continues to build. The bolded parts clearly denote a well-intended stutter.

“This medicine’s screamin’, “L-l-l-let us in!”
L-l-lick like a salad bowl, Edgar Allan Poe.”

“Screw it, to hell with it, I went through hell with accelerants
And blew up my-my-myself again.”

Cocked, fuck around and catch a hot one
I-i-it’s evident I’m not done
V-venomous, the thought spun.”

“Normal” is exactly as the title suggests, but Eminem does something interesting here as well. The bolded word “evening” is essentially carved in two in order to create a rhyme scheme with the words “heave,” “naive,” and the newly formed conjunction “eve.” In literary terms, Eminem is creating enjambment wherever he wants across the text/record. I say “text” because in you case you haven’t noticed Eminem is inarguably a writer.

“And throw it up in her face ’til I dry heave
How could I be so naive?
Should I leave or turn this entire evening
Into a motherfucking crime scene?”

I’ll leave you the rest the album’s for you to discover. Next time you listen to Kamikaze try using this technical framework. You might see Eminem under a different light, who knows? 

Chris Brown Praises Lil Wayne As The GOAT For Clever "Suicide" Rhymes

At this point in both their careers, both Chris Brown and Lil Wayne can be considered among some the greatest to ever pick up a microphone. While few can consider themselves lucky enough to be included as one the GOAT’s, Chris Brown seems to believe that his “Loyal” collaborator is the greatest all time because his ability to consistently find creative phrases to rhyme with tricky words. Songwriting can be pretty difficult at times. While some choose to write from the heart, others flex their mental with hard-hitting bars that make you think twice about what you just heard. Weezy F is absolutely among that second category.

In a repost Lil Wayne’s “Bloody Mary” lyrics from his Juelz Santana collab earlier this year, Breezy was clearly impressed with how many terms Wayne could find to rhyme with “suicide,” going on and on with each bar going harder than the preceding one. Captioning his upload as “THE FUCKING ?!,” the singer’s fascination with the New Orleans recording artist is clear. Since the two have been on a number tracks together throughout their careers, it’s clear that a mutual respect exists between both Brown and Wayne.

As we wait for potential news about his upcoming album, take some time to reminisce on Weezy’s Dedication 6 Reloaded bars. Do you think Breezy could pop up on Tha Carter V?

Kindergarten Students Learn Lockdown Nursery Rhyme In Case Of School Shooting

A mother a five-year-old child was outraged after finding a nursery rhyme dictating a lockdown procedure taped to a chalkboard at a school she was contemplating sending her daughter to.

Georgy Cohen has shared an image the nursery rhyme online, and it has quickly gone viral. The piece poetry is meant to be sung to the tune “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” replacing the innocence its source material with a unfortunately useful set precautionary tactics. Limericks like “Shut the lights f say no more. Go behind the desk and hide. Wait until it’s safe inside,” prompted Cohen to declare that “this should not be hanging in my soon-to-be kindergartner’s classroom.” 

The concerned mother is not angry with the school, and is happy with the way they are taking the necessary steps to educate their students on how to handle a lockdown scenario. Instead, she is upset that the widespread instances gun violence plaguing American educational institutions have made such nursery rhymes a mandatory in childhood classrooms.