The question all rappers and posses alike are faced with as Shady Records dropped the bomb that is The Cxvpher. Eminem delivered as promised and unleashed his squad in this bar-packed wrecking ball of 18 minutes mashed with freestyle madness. Featuring Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, and the king of rap himself, The Cxvpher serves as promotion for the label’s collaborative album, Shady XV. More importantly, it delivers a brass knuckle back slap across the face to remind us of the incredible raw talent within Shady’s squad.
The Cxvpher is very well executed with never a dull moment in its entirety. We travel coast to coast as each MC is presented on their own turf, spitting their distinct styles in your face line after line. Crooked I aka King Crooked kicks things of in a Long Beach car garage with nasty punches, while Joe Budden presents an emotional verse from the top of a New York City bridge. Yelawolf lays down the law of the land in the backwoods of Alabama before we head back to the east coast with Joell Ortiz and his Brooklyn background. Finally, the true death defying rapping is reserved for Royce Da 5’9″ and Eminem in an abandoned Detroit warehouse. Royce paces his way through a lyrical assassination and then, just when you thought you’re mind could not be further melted, Eminem manages to top the madness.
I started to construct a “notable lyrics” section here, but it’s just simply impossible and unjust. Watch below, RIP rap: