“Godzilla” is the 7th track on Eminem’s 2020 album ‘Music to Be Murdered By.’ The song features vocals by late rapper Juice WRLD, and both of them compares themselves to ‘Godzilla,’ the fictional giant lizard.
Eminem released his much anticipated eleventh studio album titled ‘Music to Be Murdered By’ on January 17, 2020. Although the album was heavily awaited by Stans, the release of the album was a surprise as Eminem nor any official party gave out any confirmation of the release. ‘Music to Be Murdered By‘ album consists a staggering 20 tracks and is considered as a double album. The album is seemingly an address to the current status of the Rap God, addressing his friends and foes in the game. This recent surprise project follows Eminem’s 2018 surprise hit ‘Kamikaze‘ album that literally attacked every disdainful aspect in society including mumble rap.
In this song, Eminem goes beyond the supersonic speed rapping he was famously known for in “Rap God” track. In the third verse of “Godzilla,” Eminem spits 228 words at 7.6 words per second. This is much faster than the record he set in “Rap God” with 6.46 words per second.
Listen to “Godzilla” by Eminem Ft. Juice WRLD
This song marks the first collaboration between Eminem and Juice WRLD. The latter passed away in December 2019, making this song his first posthumous release.
Godzilla is a popular sci-fi character originating from the Japanese lore. He is a giant monster known for destruction and chaos. Eminem compares himself to this monster when he is in a state of intoxication.
Eminem did go through a troubled time period in his life where he claims he almost lost his life. The two albums released after, ‘Relapse’ and ‘Recovery,’ state this quite clearly. On this album, songs such as “In Too Deep,” “Little Engine” and “Farewell” also speak about his drug abuse and how he has steered clear of it for years now. Em also raps about AA-Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization set up to assist alcoholics to get rid of the habit.
Eminem also namedrops Kim Kardashian and Ray J who used to date in the early 2000s. They both got their names dragged in sand due to the sex tape they released. “H-A-H-A-H-A” pronunciation is Eminem laughing “all the way to the bank” because he is making easy money off these tracks. At the point of penning this article, ‘Music to Be Murdered By’ album reached #1 on iTunes within less than a day of release.
Juice WRLD performs a soulful chorus surrounding the carnage of Eminem’s verses on the track. He sings about being a monster in the industry and his ability to swallow his competition if they dare to cross his path. He also sings about being “normal” during the day and turning “monster” during the night. This is not in line with the lore of Godzilla, however, could be related to how people often have a different personality hidden beneath the surface personality.
Watch “Godzilla” Music Video by Eminem Ft. Juice WRLD
Eminem premiered the music video for “Godzilla” with a tribute note to late Juice WRLD; “In Loving Memory of Jarad “Juice WRLD” Higgins.” RIP! Watch below.
In these lyrics, Eminem pays homage to two big names in hip hop–Slick Rick and the group Onyx. He also references Slick Rick’s classic hit “Lick the Balls.”
Later on the verse, Eminem says that anyone who comes to beef with him carries a pistol while Eminem himself carries a missile launcher.
Eminem’s state in rap and hip hop often sounds too unbelievable and mysterious. The perfect example is the lore of the Loch Ness monster–a massive lizard living in the lake of Loch Ness.
The third verse of “Godzilla” is dedicated to establishing the God-state of Eminem within the rap and hip hop frontier. Although many critics muster the courage to blog that Eminem is too old for the game, Em specifically says that he has “no plans to retire.”
The final lines of the third verse go into such ballistic speeds, that you will miss the entire super-supersonic verse in a few seconds. Eminem spits 228 words at 7.6 words per second, which could be a new Guinness World Record.
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Check out the complete lyrics and further song meaning breakdown on Genius.