Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Logic ft. Eminem – Homicide

I put my orange four-inch door hinge in storage and ate porridge with George… also I used way too many napkins.


Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: Chris D’elia’s Eminem impression is better than Eminem’s at this point. You hate to see it!

Katherine St Asaph: We get it: you can both rap. The next step is to have something to rap, and for Logic it’s multiple repetitions of nothing in particular, and for Em it’s dutiful references to A-Rod and Jay-Z and a year-old Offset track, as if the point of Eminem was the pop culture references and not the shock.

Tim de Reuse: In this song, Logic and Eminem say a lot of syllables per second while communicating as little as possible. It’s technically impressive and unbearably dull — the most exhausting four minutes of audio I’ve heard in a long time.

David Moore: There are so many words in the world, and usually we use words that we all know pretty well, like “pancake,” say, especially but not only if we’re talking about pancakes, but sometimes we use words that I would wager the vast majority of us do not know in any context, pancakes or no, like “autoschediaze,” which is an OED Word of the Day that my wife shared with me a few days ago and means “to do something hastily and without preparation,” which I think is an interesting but perhaps a cumbersome choice to use for an idea that you could get across with a colloquial expression like “wing it” instead, since if you wanted to make the colloquial expression fancier you could qualify it by saying something like “let’s just wing it, to use the colloquial expression,” the phrase “colloquial expression” itself seeming more or less fancy without seeming so self-consciously obscure, like some word you threw out there like you had something to prove, you know, real show-off words, most of them just filling space, filibustering — that’s a good show-off word, incidentally — a few of them very good words, sure, like “filibustering,” a few of them very large words, definitely, which is not to say they are good words necessarily — not that long words can’t be good words, as they often are, and any word is a good word if used well at the right time and in the right situation, except maybe for “utilize,” but of course my point here is that long words aren’t just good by dint of them being long — but eminently googleable words, I guess, since everything is googleable technically but not everything eminently so, and isn’t it cool that the word “googleable” itself is appropriately clumsy enough to capture the flavor of the action it’s describing, or the timbre, depending on which sense metaphor you want to use, anxious fingers sliding and stumbling over the keys, scrambling — my god, did I describe that correctly, was that the right word, “eminently” I mean, was that right, that word out of all available words, all of these words like drops in an ocean and heck, those are only the ones in English, can you even imagine!

Camille Nibungco: Conceptually a Logic and Eminem collab sounded exciting but quickly that romanticized idea was lost on me. Although the production is generically catchy, the emphasis on bombarding the lyrics “CHIKA” and incessantly rhyming “shit” with “shit” from Slim Shady and Slim Shady 2.0 was ultimately disappointing.

Will Adams: The prospect of these two going on a lyrical rampage that doesn’t say anything of substance seems dire, but a few points in the resulting song’s favor: 1) Calling the song “Homicide” instead of “Genocide,” the type of murder that’s actually referenced in the lyrics; 2) Em working in Chris D’elia’s impression into his actual flow (unfortunately undermined by them quoting the skit at the end in its entirety); 3) Creating a speed rap showcase where, unlike “Look At Me Now,” the participants are generally on even footing.

Stephen Eisermann: A master class at rapping fast, but all of the unearned arrogance just makes me miss prime Nicki. 

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2 Responses to “Logic ft. Eminem – Homicide”

  1. the quill
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  2. a real master of ceremonies