Hot 97 radio veteran Funkmaster Flex recently dished out his respect for “Rap God” Eminem and named the one characteristic that goes unnoticed by the masses.
In Funk Flex’s opinion, Em is a chameleon in the rap game and maintains an ability to stay relevant.
“To me, what’s slept-on about Eminem is his ability to adapt. I think people don’t talk about that enough. If you think about it, and if you listen to every one of his albums and the year it came out, it’s not behind. He adapts to what’s going on. His hooks and his guest appearances may change, but lyrically he delivers what you expect.” (Complex)
Flex also noted how Em’s never lost a step with his lyrical talent.
“If you ever notice people who like to argue which Em album is better, it’s never because of the lyrics. They kind of argue about the tracks. It’s never about what he delivers. It’s never about what he says. He’s pretty steady. He is a great lyricist. Just the fact that we’re talking about him in 2014, still selling albums and still lyrically aggressive all these years after he came out, is great. Jay Z of course has done it longer, being aggressive and he still hasn’t passed what Jay Z’s done, but what he’s doing is great.” (Complex)
Midwest rap veteran Tech N9ne recently applauded Em for putting his all into the music, especially “Rap God.”
“Yes, I heard ‘Rap God.’ Everybody want to know what I think. I think he’s rapping his a** off. That’s what I think. You know what I’m saying,” Tech said in an interview. “Somebody said it makes me want to hit the pad harder. I’m like, ‘I always hit the pad hard.’ So, yeah, nothing makes me [want to go harder] much anymore. But that? I was smiling, so it was a good thing. I listened to it twice.” (The NE Hip Hop)
A few weeks back, Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden noted how hard Em went on “Rap God.”
Thus far, Em has dropped a few singles for the lyrical nerds, including the most recent “Rap God.” “I think this [album] is for rap fans,” Joe Budden explained. “I think that he’s been inspired as of late and I know he’s been working really hard. I know he has an overabundance of records to choose from and they’re all rap. You can tell that even from the records released like ‘Berzerk’– a real old school Beastie Boys kinda feel, and ‘Rap God’ — where he’s just rapping for six minutes straight.” “He even dyed his hair back to blond, so he’s going back to an earlier time, and I think fans will look forward to that.” (MTV)