Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Gnat Song Lyrics Meaning - Eminem

Read the Eminem - Gnat Lyrics Song Meaning Explained.

Album: Music to Be Murdered By: Side B
Release Date: December 18, 2020
Record Label: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope Records
Songwriter: Eminem
Producer: Dr. Dre , Eminem, d.a. got that dope

This is one of the producer tags of Chicago producer d.a. got that dope. It’s spoken by Ohama Bam, and has become so recognisable he changed his name from DA Doman. He has also produced 3 other songs for Eminem’s album Music to Be Murdered By: “Godzilla,” “No Regrets” and “Those Kinda Nights.”

Eminem uses the origins of the virus to make a pun about how he wastes no time offering hard-hitting lyrics. He may also be implying that his lyrics are infectious or difficult to stomach.

Em has frequently brought up the coronavirus in 2020 and he mentions the worldwide phenomenon throughout Music to Be Murdered By: Side B, starting with “Alfred’s Theme.”

This is the third time in 2020 that Eminem has played up the similarity of his name to the word “Martian.” The first time was on January 2020’s “Marsh” from the original Music to be Murdered By tracklist:

My name is Marsh and, I’m out this world
Call me extra, extraterrestrial
Extra, extra, extraterrestrial

The second is inferred on his July 2020 collaboration with Kid Cudi, “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady”:

Earthlings, I adapt to ‘em
Certain things, I don’t want to do, but have to in
Order to just act human
Like using a bathroom and vacuuming

Another thing should be mentioned is the homophonic use of the phrases “Martian to” and “Marsh into” which allows this line to be interpreted as

And it goes from Marsh into human

In the music video, Marshall is seen biting off a bat’s head, a rather exaggerated manner of depicting how the first human being to contract the virus would’ve contracted it. This is also likely a nod to Ozzy Osbourne’s infamous performance antics first documented in January 1982, where he would bite the head off a live bat.

In the previous line the phrase “Martian to human” could be interpreted as “Marsh into human” because of their homophonic status (Marsh means Marshall).

In this case, Em is comparing himself to the Corona virus, saying the reason why everyone is falling ill is because of the sick (great) bars which he spits. If you have the virus and you spit on someone, the chances of them catching it from you are very high.

Eminem seems to be alluding to his mostly-dormant beef with Machine Gun Kelly. Their well-documented feud dates as far back as 2012.

Em also appears to be posing a metaphor for the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is comparing the virus to a gnat, and our many defenses against it—e.g., masks, quarantines, lockdowns, etc.—to machine guns. This might suggest that we are mounting every attack we have against an ultimately infinitesimal or unstoppable force.

The first line of “Gnat” is a possible callback to “Godzilla,” from the original January 2020 version of Music to Be Murdered By:

I stack chips, you barely got a half-eaten Cheeto

Eminem is comparing his wealth—or chip-stack—to the height of NBA player Shaquille O'Neal, who famously stands at 7'1". Shaq also starred in a film called Blue Chips in 1994. In this song’s video, directed by Cole Bennett, Em stacks cheddar cheese-flavored Pringles on a table. “Cheddar” and “cheese” are both slang for money.

Eminem uses political wordplay to extol his talent. He claims that no one can outrap or “trump” him—a reference to President Donald Trump. Furthermore, if anyone were to try, (s)he would metaphorically “get killed” because of Em’s prowess with the “mic” and “pencil”—a reference to VP Mike Pence. This is a common trope in battle rap, where Em got his start.

The phrase “mic, pencil, get killed” (perhaps intentionally) sounds like “Mike Pence’ll get killed,” which could constitute an illegal threat to the veep’s life. But before the Secret Service (or offended conservatives) can cry foul, he claims the similar-sounding words were a coincidence.

If the Feds do investigate him for this line, it would not be the first time. He was the subject of a probe in December 2003 for threatening then-President Bush in a then-unreleased bootleg track “We As Americans”:

Fuck money! I don’t rap for dead presidents
I’d rather see the President dead
It’s never been said, but I set precedents

The word “dead” was censored when the track was eventually released on his November 2004 album Encore.

More recently, he was investigated for this line from “Framed,” off his 2017 album Revival:

But dog, how the fuck is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car?

Ultimately, no charges were filed in either case, and Em shrugged off the latter event eight months later on his Kamikaze opening track “The Ringer”:

‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service
To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him
Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists
I said, “Only when it comes to ink and lyricists.”

Eminem has numerously likened his pen or pencil to a hazardous weapon and stated that he’s prepared to use his words as a weapon against anyone. as we hear in “Venom”:

Shotgun p-p-pellets in the felt pen
Cocked, fuck around and catch a hot one

or in “Rap God”:

My pen’ll go off when I half-cock it
Got a fat knot from that rap profit

However he’s taking advantage of his violent weapon intelligently and somewhat “skillfully” and that’s why he made a secured legacy and heritage in rap and reached to these kinds of trophies and ribbons.