Eminem Responds To His Critics With A Remix That Revives His New Album (Audio)
Three weeks after Eminem released Revival, he knows that his ninth album may have some fans questioning their faith in Marshall Mathers’ music-making. Although Em’ stayed mostly quiet since December 15, the Shady Records founder breaks his silence with a new verse courtesy of the “Chloraseptic (Remix).” It arrives with an appearance from 2 Chainz, who expressed disappointment in not making December’s album-cut after recording sessions. Phresher’s appearance carries over, adding a full verse. In the refreshed “Chloraseptic” rendition, Eminem shows that he’s been paying attention, and he certainly seems to give an “F” about what Heads are saying in 2018.
In the new verse to the song produced by D12’s Mr. Porter, Eminem mimics his critics: “‘Rap mature / Why can’t you be like Macklemore?’/ Huh? ‘Why you always gotta smack a whore? / It’s likely the psychiatric ward’s a last resort / Something’s gotta give, that’s for sure / Yet you keep comin’ back for more’ / Not as raw as I was, ‘”Walk On Water” sucks.’” Then Eminem replies, in the midst of the verse, “B*tch, suck my d*ck / Y’all saw the tracklist and had a fit ‘fore you heard it / So you formed your verdict / While you sat with your arms crossed / Did your little reaction videos and talked over songs.”
Eminem goes on to recall his dues paid in battles and How Can I Be Down rapper conventions, before returning focus to the fan backlash. He reminds his listeners that he risked it all in calling out Donald Trump and his supporters, and chooses to evolve his sound: “But am I supposed to sound like everything else out? / ‘Cause I don’t get compared to it, only myself now / And I can see the fair-weather fans and sales down / But the only way I care is if I let myself down / But what the f*ck have I awoke to? / Time to eat the vocals and sh*t out Pro Tools / I know you still want me to ill-out, don’t you? / Hopin’ the old Slim’s gonna spill out open / Fire on your whole camp with this spit I wrote you / So chill out, no you hoes couldn’t roast me with the sh*t I wrote you / Then I took a stand with a spray tan / And practically cut my mothaf*ckin’ fan base in half and still outsold you / You just called my sh*t trash / Thank God I rap better when the odds are stacked / Revival’s wack / I don’t like that ‘Zombie’ track / And when he’s talking that garbage psychotic crap / Where’s your content at? / What’s with all the Conscious Rap? / Pink, Beyoncé this and Kehlani that? / I just add it to the fuel of my rocket-pack ’til I’m ready to respond and then I’ma launch it at ’em / Idiotic from the f*cking embryonic sack to the bodybag / I’ll be back and when I am I’ll be at your f*cking throat like Chloraseptic.” The song and the remix take the name of the popular pharmacy over-the-counter sore throat relieving liquid. The song began with the same theme, reacting to chatter ahead of the album’s release.
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Eminem has rapped from the perspective of his fans (including their opinions and demands) many times before, most singularly on “Stan.” This time, Em’ seems well-aware of the push-back on the guest-list, the popular Cranberries sample on “In Your Head,” and some of the reflections on the MC’s inner-demons. He staunchly defends his creative license and fires back at the haters with that same anger and fervor that made him a cult hero and a “Rap God.”
The most recent TBD examines Eminem’s recent political raps and the cost it may have had on his record sales. The video by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte likens Em’s alienation of his fans to the one Tiger Woods endured during his fall from grace with many of his Black fans:
Revival did reach #1 on the charts, the seventh straight Eminem album to do so. However, it tallied the lowest-first week sales total for Eminem in quite some time, by a sizable margin. The sales figures are addressed in Eminem’s remix verse.