Eminem is three for three. After stellar guest spots on Drake’s “Forever” and 50 Cent’s conceptual gorefest “Psycho,” MTV News’ #9 Man of the Year has made a luminous cameo on Lil Wayne’s Rebirth track “Drop the World.”
The song, which hit the Internet on Tuesday morning (December 15), features the Fireman and Marshall Mathers levying brilliantly bleak bars, expressing how they find inner strength in angst-ridden times.
“I got ice in my veins,” Wayne says, in a slow, deliberate manner, almost like spoken-word poetry, over the stripped-down beat of a drum and a spacey keyboard. “Blood in my eyes/ Hate in my heart/ Love on my mind/ I seen nights full of pain/ Days of the same/ You keep the sunshine/ Save me the rain.”
On the chorus, guitars kick in, making the record more belligerent as the New Orleans rebel gives an insurgent war cry, “Bi—, I’mma pick the world up and I’mm drop it on your f—in’ head!/ I could die now/ Rebirth, muthaf—a/ Hop up in my spaceship and leave Earth, muthaf—a/ I’m gone.”
“It hurts but I’ll never show/ Cause pain you’ll never know/ If only you could see how lonely and how cold/ And frostbit I’ve become,” Shady comes in on the third verse, singing his flow. For a few seconds, Em changes to a more methodical delivery.
He’s vicious, spiteful and confident as he talks about changing the rap game and making any doubters pay dearly.
“I’mma make these f—in’ haters believe,” he promises while a guitar plays in the background, seeming to fuel him. “I’mma f— around in this bi— and roast everybody/ Sleep on me, that’s where you head’ll lay/ Permanently, bi—/ It’s beddy-bye/ This world is my Easter egg/ Prepare to die!”
Lil Wayne has also released the singles “On Fire” and “Da Da Da” from Rebirth, which was delayed again from December 21 to sometime in February. That month, Wayne will head back to court to face sentencing on gun charges, where he’s expected to receive a one-year prison term. Meanwhile, Eminem’s Relapse: The Refill is locked in for December 21, the same day that Wayne’s Young Money crew will put out their collective debut We Are Young Money.