Love him or hate him, Eminem is back to being his old, abrasive self on his new single, “Without Me.”
On the first release from The Eminem Show, due June 4 (see “The Doc’s Diagnosis: Eminem Still Crazy”), Eminem, who produced the song himself, displays his continued mastery of rapping with various flows while riding a track that sounds like a mix between g-funk and disco.
The MC complains about the FCC and proclaims that the world needs a little controversy, and he adds that MTV would feel hollow without his presence. Slim Shady also addresses how other Caucasian rappers have put out music since his emergence, saying there’s a lot of fish in the sea but without him, it would feel so empty.
Taking time out from his affirmations, Eminem throws a few jabs at some of his peers. He raps about kicking ‘NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick and Limp Bizkit where the sun don’t shine, while the worst hit is Moby. Eminem says that at 36, Moby is too old to be in tune with what people want to hear and that “nobody listens to techno.”
The video for “Without Me” premieres May 1 on MTV.
As for The Eminem Show, the first 2 million copies released in the U.S. will each include a bonus DVD containing features such as concert footage, interviews, lyrics and the trailer for Em’s movie, “8 Mile,” which is slated to hit theaters November 8.