It's a provocative question. Immediately, some wondered if Em was taking aim at his Interscope label-mate Kendrick Lamar, who famously made his own aggressive claim of rap game dominance earlier this year on his "Control" verse, but in many ways what Eminem was doing on this track was more complicated than that. Like Kendrick, Eminem named names, but he wasn't going after his contemporaries. Instead of doing what Kendrick did—threatening to lyrically murder all his rap rivals—Eminem was placing himself in a historical lineage, imagining his own rap Mt. Rushmore and placing his own bleached blonde head right in there. He was staging a rap mythology session, remaking his own version of Clash Of The Titans and releasing the krakken. Even though reactions on social media were somewhat mixed , there's no denying it was an event. So, what about the names he did name? Was he paying tribute or throwing shots? To decipher Eminem's barrage of references on the undeniably dense and complicated track, we've offered up a list of the rap gods Eminem was name-checking on his incendiary track and tried to figure out what Em was trying to say with each reference and allusion.
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It contains references to previous conflicts in Eminem's career, as well as to other rappers' conduct. The song received very positive reviews, with critics praising Eminem's lyrical ability and rapping speed, amid some accusations of homophobic lyrics. The song entered the Guinness World Records as the hit single that contains the most words; it has 1, words. A , Eazy-E , Dr. In the verse that begins at ,  Eminem raps words in Uh, summa lumma dooma lumma you assuming I'm a human. What I gotta do to get it through to you I'm superhuman Innovative and I'm made of rubber So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it'll glue to you and I'm devastating, more than ever demonstrating How to give a motherfuckin' audience a feeling like it's levitating Never fading, and I know the haters are forever waiting For the day that they can say I fell off, they'll be celebrating 'Cause I know the way to get 'em motivated I make elevating music, you make elevator music Joe Strange also contributed additional keyboarding and programming.