Monday, December 28, 2020

Zeus Song Lyrics Meaning - Eminem ft. White Gold

Read the Eminem featuring. White Gold - Zeus 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, Blacknailz, Blu2th

Eminem finds it ironic that he should face such stark criticism while Tekashi 6ix9ine ends up topping the Billboard charts fresh out of prison. In June 2020, two months after his early release, he and Nicki Minaj went to number one with “Trollz.” Tekashi is not exactly known for his lyricism, but he has a well-documented history of controversy and legal issues which include racketeering and sexual assault.

Em elaborates on the “wishy-washy” taste of many hip-hop fans by segueing into a subtle allusion to his long-running beef with Machine Gun Kelly. This line doubles as wordplay for machine-washing clothes and a fair weather friend is someone who only sticks around during the good times. The two traded diss tracks throughout 2018 and, clearly, Eminem thinks he did MGK a favor.

There may also be a veiled reference to the sign of the cross, here—a symbol of Christ’s Crucifixion. This is suggested by Em’s use of the phrase “swear to God” followed by the word “cross.”

Eminem is primarily known for his controversial lyrics and dissing many artists over the years. He is aware many people demand the return of his alter ego Slim Shady despite trying to kill him in the December 2005 hit, “When I’m Gone”:

I turn around, find a gun on the ground, cock it
Put it to my brain, scream, “Die, Shady!” and pop it

Whilst Em is “afraid” to wake Shady—who remains dormant in him—he threatens to bring him back in the January 2019 song, “Rainy Days,” with WESTSIDE BOOGIE:

Fuck it, I thought this might be a good time to put woke me to rockabye
I got the bottle of NyQuil right here (Right here)
You want the sleep me to wake, you want Slim Shady EP
That’s on the CD cover, sockin' my mirror (Sockin' my mirror)

On the other hand, Em expresses an overwhelming desire to permanently abandon Slim Shady in favor of the Marshall Mathers persona, as seen in “Homicide,” with Logic, released in May 2019:

And I’m bringin' the bandana back, and the fuckin' headband again
A handkerchief and I’m thinkin' of bringin' the fuckin' fingerless gloves back

Eminem addresses his “monsters” on the aptly-named “Cleaning Out My Closet,” released in May 2002. He continues to hint at them several times in this song which alludes to “The Monster,” released in October 2013—featuring frequent collaborator, Rihanna. Em apologizes to her later in the song—despite his “love” for conflict.

An “idiot savant” is a term for someone with a developmental disorder. It describes someone who is exceptionally gifted in one particular field.

Eminem self-diagnoses himself throughout his February 1999 album, The Slim Shady LP, notably on “Just Don’t Give A Fuck,” originally released in October 1998:

My name is Marshall Mathers,
I’m an alcoholic (Hi, Marshall)
I have a disease and they don’t know what to call it

Eminem sets up a series of double and triple entendres with these lines, starting with his roots in Detroit’s underground rap battle scene. Rawkus Records is a now-defunct independent label which Em recorded some of his early work with and Da Ruckus were a duo he collaborated with on 1998’s “We Shine” and “150 MC’s.”

Em built a career on the foundation of his battle persona and by honing his freestyle abilities, which led to Dr. Dre signing him to Aftermath Entertainment in the aforementioned year: 1998. Worldwide success followed, and it’s clear that fans were rooting for Em as an underdog; but, in later years, some hip-hop listeners accused him of falling off with albums like November 2004’s Encore and December 2017’s Revival.

He elaborates on the “roots” wordplay by mentioning The Roots crew, fronted by vocalist and freestyler-extraordinaire Tariq Trotter, a.k.a. Black Thought. Tariq’s first name sounds like “to wreak,” while his stage name doubles as a reminder that Eminem has a dark sense of humor and seems to be plagued by his twisted mentality. Incidentally, Black Thought also appeared on the original January 2020 edition of Music to be Murdered By, on the song “Yah Yah.”

Having mentioned “underground ruckus” several lines earlier, Eminem shouts out legendary Brooklyn production duo Da Beatminerz, who were once signed to underground label Rawkus Records. In May 1999, Em appeared on a Beatminerz-produced track titled “Any Man (Fucking Crazy),” which was included on a Rawkus compilation CD. In fact, when Em referenced “that shit you did with Rawkus” on his May 2000 hit single, “Stan,” he was referring to that song.

Eminem is such a devoted fan of Da Beatminerz that, as of this song’s December 2020 release, he is their #1 scholar on Genius.

This is Marshall’s apology after an alternate version of “Things Get Worse” surfaced on the internet in November of 2019. Eminem had a controversial verse regarding Chris Brown’s 2009 assault against then-girlfriend Rihanna. Em received backlash due to the harsh lyrics, where he appeared to side with Brown’s version of events.

White Gold appears to be speaking from Eminem’s perspective, using simile to liken the critically-acclaimed rapper to Zeus from Greek Mythology. As god of the sky, Zeus resides on Mount Olympus, which reaches to the heavens. When his authority is questioned, Em comes back down to Earth to respond to his haters.

This appears to be a subtle allusion to Eminem and Rihanna’s October 2013 collaboration, “The Monster.” This is supported by the fact that Rihanna is name-dropped in the first verse.

Speaking from Em’s perspective, White Gold describes how even after years of dedication, music listeners can turn on you. This was true for Em after dropping multiple critically-acclaimed projects before facing derision with the release of November 2004’s Encore and December 2017’s Revival.