There is so much music that it is almost impossible for anyone to keep track of it all and decide what to listen to. So whether you’re planning to listen to recently released charts, or want to consume an artistic piece of music that hasn’t been on your radar, Varun Krishan’s weekly column has you covered.
What the world is listening to
Killer (Remix) by Eminem ft Jack Harlow & Cordae
Not only is Eminem in a league of his own when it comes to his rapping game, the performer is one of the most confident rappers in the world. Eminem’s latest track “Killer” proves just that. The song starts with Eminem giving the hook, followed by Jack Harlow’s verse composed of some great rhymes, references and metaphors. In one part Harlow sings: ‘Tryna fiancé me/ I take the steering wheel and drive them girls beyond crazy (Crazy)/I’m on a song with my idol/I’m a cold-blooded version of the song title/I put these diamonds in the ring like they were Shawn Michaels. The performer makes known his love and respect for Eminem and likens his playing to a cold-blooded killer. He also refers to Shawn Michaels, who is considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
The next verse is delivered by Cordae and he never misses an opportunity to impress. The artist compares his life to a film script and cites many other references. In one part he sings: “A whole generation of geniuses I’m influencin’ / I hang only with real niggas that I’m congruent with / I manifest nothing short of the best outcome / Just watch my moves with this next album, nigga .”
Eminem takes over the third verse that blows everything out of the water, taking us on a wild journey like no other. Eminem casually drops some bombshells that are sure to make headlines. Eminem talks about solving problems with Snoop Dogg and tells that he and Dr. Having Dre Snoop back forever. He sings, “I just called Snoop and I talked to him. We’re all cool / Dre, me and the Dogg good, Doc, we got you.”
This is in connection with a previous reference made by the rapper in his recent song “Zeus” where he called out Snoop Dogg. In one part, Eminem answers all the critics and his competition by saying that he is the best and if anyone disputes that, Eminem is willing to prove it in a freestyle or by using a pen and a notepad. Eminem sings: “If there’s a rapper I didn’t eat (Where?) / We didn’t fight, either that or they won’t work together / Because pad or paper freestyle will settle that debate (Yup).”
The song does a lot in a short time. Truly glorious stuff from Eminem and Co.
MOOSEDRILLA by Sidhu Moose Wala and Divine
“Moosedrilla” has a great beat with lots of interesting musical elements. Even though I didn’t understand Sidhu Moose Wala’s verse, I can assure you the flow is killer. He uses his signature style to deliver loud vocals backed up by some great backing vocals.
Divine delivers the second verse with pinpoint precision, bringing his swagger to the party. The taste of Divine goes very well with the style of Moose Wala. The two contrasting styles work really well to create a song that is sure to be appreciated by many listeners. The song has surpassed 4.8 million on YouTube in just one day.
What am I listening to?
Scream & Shout by will.i.am ft Britney Spears
“Scream & Shout” is catchy to the core and will definitely stay with you for a long time. The voice of Britney Spears is highly robotized and that takes the song to a higher level, matching the atmosphere of the oh-so-good beat. I found myself humming to the melody of the song many times after listening to it. Will.i.am takes advantage of his signature style and absolutely kills the verse by delivering one of my all-time favorite hooks. This one should definitely be on your playlist.
What the world should listen to
Bad Guy by Eminem
Eminem released “Bad Guy” in 2013 as part of his eighth studio album Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song is the follow-up to the artist’s hit “Stan”, which is considered one of the greatest rap songs of all time.
In the song, Eminem tells the story of Matthew Mitchell, who is said to be Stan’s little brother, a character from the song “Stan”. In the song, Stan was an obsessed Eminem fan, who did despicable things because Eminem didn’t respond to his letters. Many years later, Stan’s little brother has grown up and is after Eminem for revenge, believing that Eminem is responsible for his brother’s death.
“Bad Guy” shows off great music, cinematic parts that take you into the dark world Eminem tries to build for his listeners. The lyrics are extraordinary in true Eminem fashion and Eminem delivers the song using different delivery patterns. I’m not going to give any more details about the song’s story, because it’s one to experience. Listening to the song with the lyrics in front of you would be ideal to really get every bit of the song.
One of the best things about the song is that Eminem keeps rapping as the music fades away. In this part, the artist raps from the point of view of his conscience, which speaks to him about how the bad things he’s done will eventually catch up with him.
The whole song is gold, but the last verse steals the show like no other and is guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Eminem is aware of both his greatness and the people he has offended with his often character-driven lyrics. Eminem portrays several characters in his songs that he may not necessarily represent in real life, but he picks up on the persona and raps from their point of view, kind of like actors in a movie.
The last verse refers to the nasty things Eminem has said in his songs. Eminem, portraying his conscience in a conversation with himself, sings: “Coming back on ya, every woman you insult/Batter, but the double-standard you have/When it come to your Daughters/I represent everything you take for obvious /’ ‘Cause Marshall Mathers, the rapper’s persona/Is half a facade, and Matthew and Stan are just symbolic/Or you don’t know/What you had until it’s gone/Because after all the glitz and glamour/No more fans you call name/ Cameras are off, sad, but it happens to them all.” The lyrics are chilling and moving to say the least.The song didn’t get as much praise as its predecessor, but it’s a true gem.