How Eminem Devastates The Competition On 'Rap God'
Generally on the second verse, Eminem spends his time teaching, reminiscing, and dissing a certain MC and those similar to that MC. Em segues from the foreshadowing hook, using it as a teachable moment like a coach or mentor: “Everybody want the key and the secret to rap immortality like I have got / well to be truthful the blueprint’s simply rage and youthful exuberance / everybody loves to root for a nuisance / hit the earth like an asteroid, did nothing but shoot for the moon since.” So basically use youthful angst and have a dream? Let me write that down. Reveling in his ‘professor status’, Eminem suggests “MC’s get taken to school with his music / cause I use it as a vehicle to bust a rhyme / now I lead a new school full of students.”
What about his credentials? Oh he shares them alright, as he is “…a product of Rakim,, 2 Pac, NWA…” yeah you get the idea. He’s most proud of the fact he got to induct Run DMC into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. He does think his past demons will keep him from receiving his ‘Hall of Fame’ status (“Even though I walk in the church and burst in a ball of flames / only hall of fame I be inducted in is the alcohol of fame / on the wall of shame”).
The most epic moment of Verse 2 is the shots he takes at one of today’s ‘go stupid’ rappers Waka Flocka Flame. “You fags think it’s all a game ‘til I walk a flock of flames…” is the most obvious low blow. However being Eminem, he doesn’t stop there, incorporating his full arsenal of controversies to lyrically slaughter WFF. “…off a plank, and tell me what in the f**k are you thinking? / little gay looking boy / so gay I can barely say it with a straight face looking boy / you witnessing a massacre…” Indeed it is a massacre, as Eminem seems to treat liken ‘gay’ in a slang fashion as being wack but also doesn’t necessarily shy away from the homophobia of many churches or even perhaps the perceived homophobia that has been a characteristic, particularly of music during his prime.