Zeus

Album: Music to Be Murdered By: Side B (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • "Zeus" is an archetypal Eminem mixture of boasts and barbs during which he takes shots at several other rappers and continues to reiterate he is a "Rap God."
  • Em starts off the song of by alluding to what he considers the poor taste of the many hip-hop fans who bought Tekashi 6ix9ine's music after he'd been released from prison.

    She says I am trash, but she listens to Tekashi

    He then segues into a poke at his longstanding nemesis Machine Gun Kelly.

    Fair weather, wishy-washy. She thinks Machine washed me

    Marshall Mathers also alludes to his beef with Kelly on another Music to Be Murdered By track, "Gnat," where he raps, "They come at me with machine guns. Like trying to fight off a gnat."
  • Other rappers Eminem jabs on this track include Chance The Rapper, Future, and Migos.

    They did it to Chance
    Next they'll be mentionin' Future in the past tense
    Or sayin' "Adiós" to Migos


    Chance The Rapper's 2019 album The Big Day was a critical and commercial failure. Em is warning other leading acts, such as Future and Migos, to look out for themselves as fans can be fickle. Em also throws some shade at Snoop Dogg.

    Last thing I need is Snoop doggin' me
    Man, dog, you was like a damn god to me
    Nah, not really
    I had dog backwards


    Slim Shady's animosity stems from a Snoop interview in July 2020 on The Breakfast Club. During his conversation, the Californian MC explained his reasoning for not including Eminem in his Top 10 list of all-time rappers, attributing most of Em's success to Dr. Dre.

    When The Breakfast Club asked Em about Snoop's comments he said he had no problem with not being ranked with '90s rappers such as KRS One and Big Daddy Kane and admitted he wouldn't be here without Dre. It was Snoop's last statement that caught him off guard.

    "It threw me for a loop," he said. "I probably could've gotten past the whole tone and everything, but it was the last statement where he said, 'Far as music I can live without, I can live without that s--t.' Now you're being disrespectful."
  • The song is not all beefing. Em also pays tribute to victims of police brutality.

    And all that we want is racial equality
    R.I.P. Laquan McDonald, Trayvon, and Breonna
    Atatiana, Rayshard, and Dominique
    Eric Garner and Rodney King
  • Em also offers a mea culpi to Rihanna for a verse where he appeared to side with Chris Brown's version of events after the singer assaulted her in 2009.

    Wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna
    For that song that leaked, I'm sorry, Ri
    It wasn't meant to cause you grief
    Regardless, it was wrong of me


    An alternate version of Eminem's verse on B.O.B.'s 2011 track "Things Get Worse" surfaced on the internet in November of 2019. It included gross lyrics regarding him siding with Brown, which Em later scrapped. Rihanna and Marshall Mathers have a good working relationship, and the leak was not a good look for the Detroit rapper. Their collaborations together include "Love The Way You Lie," "Numb," and "The Monster."
  • White Gold croons the chorus from Eminem's perspective, during which he likens him to Zeus, the king of the gods of Mount Olympus in Greek mythology. By comparing himself to the Greek god of the sky, Em is saying he can view happenings from afar. And when his authority is questioned, he can respond to his haters. Bronx singer-songwriter White Gold also features on another Music To Be Murdered track, "You Gon' Learn."
  • Eminem produced the song with Luca Mauti and Canadian producer T-Minus, who is signed to Drake's OVO Sound.

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