“Zeus” by Eminem
Eminem’s tracks tend to be newsworthy for one of two reasons. Either he is expounding on his troubled personal life, and/or he is dissing fellow celebrities. And there is elements of both to be found in “Zeus”, which is chock full of mentions of other music stars. For instance, he raps about, basically as he has aged, how the public voice has turned on him. And he feels this inevitably happens to all popular rappers, referencing for instance how Chance the Rapper fell off. So he warns those who are currently trending, such as Drake and the Migos, to look out for the same.
But most notable are a couple of disses he throws out, particularly in the directions of Tekashi 6ix9ine and Snoop Dogg.Well arguably he doesn’t actually diss Snoop but rather lets it be known that his perception of him changed for the worst after Doggy Dogg discredited Eminem’s success in a public setting.
An Apology to Rihanna
And on a different note, the rapper also uses the opportunity of “Zeus” to apologize to songstress Rihanna. This was due a Slim Shady track that leaked in 2019 in which he rationalized Chris Brown’s infamous assault against Riri.
Meaning of “Zeus”
Meanwhile, the title of the song points to the notion that Eminem considers himself “a rap god”. And such is not only just a braggadocious title. It is also one which insinuates he possesses an experienced and elevated standing in the rap game. And this affords him the opportunity to accurately analyze happenings from afar.
Support for Black Lives Matter
And lastly, this song is notable in that it features Marshall siding with the Black Lives Matter movement. And in that regard, he namedrops a few African-Americans who were infamously killed or abused by White police.
Quick Facts about “Zeus”
The track features White Gold, a (Black) singer from the Bronx who also appeared on another track from Eminem’s Music to be Murdered By album entitled You Gon’ Learn.
“Zeus” was written by Eminem, T-Minus and Luca Mauti. And White Gold is also credited as a co-writer.
This track is part of the deluxe edition of “Music to Be Murdered By”, which was released by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope Records on 18 December 2020.