Lucky You

Album: Kamikaze (2018)
Charted: 6 6
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  • This song follows a theme running through Kamikaze in which Eminem declares his dominance over the contemporary generation of rappers. Em criticizes those in the modern rap game who use ghost writers.

    I got a couple of mansions
    Still I don't have any manners
    You got a couple of ghost writers
    But to these kids it don't actually matter

    Some fans claimed the lyrics was a reference to the ghostwriting accusations aimed at Drake but Eminem told Sway Calloway that definitely isn't the case.

    "I like Drake," he said. "What I'm telling you with these lines is, I don't know what's real and what's not, at this point. Because you hear s--t about this rapper, that rapper, whatever. I'm telling you that I don't do it. Never have and never will. If I ever need a ghostwriter, I need to just f---ing put the mic down.”

    Em also decries the rise of mumble rappers.

    Hatata batata, why don't we make a bunch of f---in'
    Songs about nothin' and mumble!
    And f---it, I'm goin' for the jugular

    The track, co-produced by regular Drake collaborator Boi-1da, even has the sort of modern trap bent contemporary rappers frequently use.
  • Eminem is joined by Massachusetts rapper Joyner Lucas, who first garnered attention with the release of his single "Ross Capicchioni" in 2015 and a remix of "Panda" the following year. This is the first collaboration between the pair.
  • This song contains a second Kendrick Lamar interpolation, following Em's borrowing of the Compton MC's flow on "Greatest." This time Eminem interpolates Lamar's DAMN. track "DNA."

    I got spite inside my DNA

    Em's flow matches Lamar's lines:

    Got royalty inside my DNA

    For some reason Lamar is credited as a writer on "Greatest" but not on "Lucky You."
  • The song was co-produced by Eminem alongside IllaDaProducer, Boi-1da, and Jahaan Sweet. Jahaan created the original version of the beat with bells, trombones and french horns. He showed his instrumentation to Boi-1da, who recalled to Genius:

    "When Jahaan first played me the beat, I listened to it a few times. I liked it a lot. It had these Christmas-type elements to it. I ended up just speeding it up and just putting that slap to it. I ended up sending it over to Joyner 'cause I knew he was gonna go work with Eminem, and they ended up doing that song together."


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