It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Eminem. We’re probably all familiar with his cypher during the BET awards, where he aired his grievances with the current presidential administration.

Hard to believe that was almost a year ago.

Now he’s got a new album out called Kamikaze. There are a lot of dissing elements contained within the tracks, and some of them politically motivated.

However, one track stands out, “Venom.”

And it’s got all the familiarities of an Eminem track while still being a musical message about the symbiote.

The Slim Shady Suit

Eminem’s final track on his latest album is a song featured on the soundtrack for the movie Venom.

The lyrics are hard-hitting, explaining how he embodies various elements of the symbiote:

I got a song filled with s*** for the strong-willed
When the world gives you a raw deal
Sets you off ’til you scream, “Piss off! Screw you!”
When it talks to you like you don’t belong
Or tells you you’re in the wrong field
When’s something’s in your mitochondrial
‘Cause it latched on to you, like—

[Verse 1]
Knock knock, let the devil in
Malevolent as I’ve ever been, head is spinnin’
This medicine’s screamin’, “L-l-l-let us in!”
L-l-lick like a salad bowl, Edgar Allan Poe
Bedridden, shoulda been dead a long time ago
Liquid Tylenol, gelatins, think my skeleton’s meltin’
Wicked, I get all high when I think I’ve smelled the scent
Of elephant manure—hell, I meant Kahlúa
Screw it, to hell with it, I went through hell with accelerants
And blew up my-my-myself again
Volkswagen, tailspin, bucket matches my pale skin
Medal win, went from Hellmann’s and being rail thin
Filet-o-Fish, to Scribble Jam and Rap Olympics ’97 Freaknik
How can I be down? Me and Bizarre in Florida
Proof’s room slept on floor of the motel then
Dr. Dre said “hell yeah!”
And I got his stamp like a postcard, word to Mel-Man
And I know they’re gonna hate
But I don’t care, I barely could wait
To hit them with the snare and the bass
Square in the face, this f***in’ world better prepare to get laced
Because they’re gonna taste my—

[Chorus]
Venom, (I got that) adrenaline momentum
Venom, not knowin’ when I’m
Ever gonna slow up and I’m
Ready to snap any moment I’m
Thinkin’ it’s time to go get ’em
They ain’t gonna know what hit ’em
(W-w-when they get bitten with the—)
Venom, (I got that) adrenaline momentum
Venom, not knowin’ when I’m
Ever gonna slow up and I’m
Ready to snap any moment I’m
Thinkin’ it’s time to go get ’em
They ain’t gonna know what hit ’em
(W-w-when they get bit with the—)

[Verse 2]
I said knock knock, let the devil in
Shotgun p-p-pellets in the felt pen
Cocked, f*** around and catch a hot one
I-i-it’s evident I’m not done
V-venomous, the thought spun
Like your web and you just caught in ’em
Held against your will like a hubcap or a mud flap
Be strangled or attacked
So this ain’t gonna feel like a love tap
Eat painkiller pills, f*** a blood track
Like, what’s her name’s at the wheel? Danica Patrick
Threw the car into reverse at the Indy, end up crashin’
Into ya, the back of it is just mangled steel
My Mustang and your Jeep Wrangler grill
With the front smashed in, much as my rear fender, assassin
Slim be a combination of an actual kamikaze and Gandhi
Translation, I will probably kill us both
When I end up back in India
You ain’t gonna be able to tell what the fuck’s happenin’ to you
When you’re bit with the—

[Chorus Repeat]

[Verse 3]
I said knock knock, let the devil in
Alien, E-E-Elliot phone home
Ain’t no telling when this chokehold
On this game will end, I’m loco
Became a Symbiote, so
My fangs are in your throat, ho
You’re snake-bitten with my—venom
With the ballpoint pen I’m
Gun cock, bump stock, double-aught, buckshot
Tied for the uppercut, tie a couple knots
Fired up a Glock, fire, juggernaut
Punk rock, bitches goin’ down like Yung Joc
‘Cause the Doc put me on like sunblock
Why the f*** not? You only get one shot
Ate s*** ’til I can’t taste it
Chased it with straight liquor
Then paint thinner, then drank ’til I faint
And I wake with a headache
And I take anything in rectangular shape
Then I wait to face the demons I’m bonded to
‘Cause they’re chasin’ me but I’m part of you
So escapin’ me is impossible
I latch onto you like a—parasite
And I probably ruined your parents’ life
And your childhood too
‘Cause if I’m the music that y’all grew up on
I’m responsible for you retarded fools
I’m the super villain Dad and Mom was losin’ their marbles to
You marvel that? Eddie Brock is you
And I’m the suit, so call me—

[Chorus Repeat]

The song is filled with references to Spider-Man, Venom, and other recent pop-culture icons. You can listen to the song here:

Eminem and Marvel

The rapper has for a long time been a fan of the Marvel comic books. Shady Records executive Riggs Morales talked about once seeing Eminem’s comic book collection.

“I’ve gotten a small glimpse of Eminem’s collection, and Eminem’s collection is otherworldly. [He has items that] aren’t even on display at the stores.”

He’s even had a few small roles in comic books over the years. There was an issue of The Punisher where Slim Shady teams up with Frank Castle back in 2009. There’s also a rare Mighty Avengers comic book out there with Iron Man and Marshall Mathers sitting on the doorstep of his now-abandoned Detroit home. The comic was actually a cross promotion for the Marshall Mathers LP2 Album. Last I saw, it was on Amazon for quite a hefty price.

The Venom Verse

With this film being what begins the Sony Spider-Verse, the studio can only hope the Venom movie performs well enough in the box office to warrant a sequel. Perhaps with an A-List Rapper on the soundtrack, they can get a little more eye traffic for the movie before its release.

Along with that, we have a rapper who notoriously uses cursing and provocative language in his lyrics in the soundtrack. I know I’ve said that Kendrick Lamar on the soundtrack of Black Panther was perhaps a stranger pick given his penchant for swearing, and the movie received a PG-13 rating. However, with the rating for Venom being undecided, perhaps having Slim Shady is an indicator of the film content. Maybe we’ll get that R-rated Venom we’ve been hoping for?

We’ll have to see when Venom comes out in theaters on October 5th this year.

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Donald Edmonds

Donald enjoys short walks on the beach and long sessions at the gym. He graduated with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English. Always a sucker for a good story and great art, he fancies himself a low-level expert on all things Marvel and Dark Horse.

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