Eminem spiraled into the demented depths of his brain and returned with an outrageous six-minute freestyle on Sway in the Morning, scorching Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner and more with characteristically grotesque grandeur.
Despite working without a beat, Em dropped a barrage of stanzas that materialized in the instants between the small, reasonable breathers he allowed himself.
He name-checked perennial back-up quarterback Byron Leftwich while warning rivals to stand back; flipped the pronunciation of “backhand her” to sound like “back Hannah” (as in, Montana) while mulling his support of Miley Cyrus; and then dropped this metaphor for his lengthy, successful career: “Since freestyling over ‘Phone Tap,’ my line’s connected / With rhymes that kept in touch with the fans, that’s why the more / bars, the better my reception.”
Later. Eminem gets syllabically dextrous, spilling, “I’m fucked worse than Donald Trump / On Lexapro in Mexico across from a Texaco in a McDonald’s drunk,” before touting his reputation as a professional asshole. “I invented prick, and that’s a true statement, I see the bitch in you, Caitlyn / Keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s dick,” rhymes Eminem. The rapper then took a long pause, before offering an apology, sort of: “No disrespect though, not at all, no pun intended, that took a lot of balls.”
Towards the end of his freestyle, Eminem did offer a moment of self-reflection — while still clinging tight to his juvenilia and blasting Bill Cosby. “I made monopoly off misogyny,” he spat, “Sodomy, how many chocolatey Jell-o pops can he possibly lace, walking atrocity / No wonder you scoff at me, it’s obvious I’m as off-putting as Bill Cosby is.”
Despite the scorched earth in his wake, Eminem did offer a disclaimer after he was finished. “I just say shit to say it,” he told Sway. “It’s very rarely personal. If it was personal, somebody would know. It’s all in fun.”
Eminem was on hand to promote the soundtrack for Southpaw, the new boxing film starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The LP was released via Em’s Shady Records and boasts two new tracks from the rapper, “Phenomenal” and “Kings Never Die.”