After making yet another historic comeback to music with his latest album, Eminem dropped a new music video that blows ‘stans’ minds. The new visual is for “Godzilla,” the highest charting single from new album “Music to Be Murdered By,” delivered on March 9. Directed by Lyrical Lemonade’s videographer Cole Bennett, you can expect a very entertaining story from the mind of Slim Shady.
‘The Rap God’ has been shocking the media all 2020, starting with his surprise album drop that makes his historic, tenth consecutive No.1 album on the Billboard 200. Next, he made a surprise appearance on the Oscars to perform his Best Song winner “Lose Yourself” 18 years late for his absence. Before the video, Eminem made a #GodzillaChallenge where he dared fans to rap the near impossible third verse as fast as him.
Now we come to “Godzilla,” where he and late artist Juice WRLD compare themselves to the invincible film monster. Mathers gets intoxicated halfway through the visual off the same title whiskey, Courvoisier and vodka while wandering through a whimsical warehouse. There are multiple versions of him throughout the facility, one of which where he gets wasted before an award ceremony (preferably the Oscars). Juice WRLD does the classic chorus, rapping what happens if he looks at the moon.
“I'm normal during the day, but at night, turn to a monster(Yeah) /When the moon shines like Ice Road Truckers /I look like a villain outta those blockbusters /Godzilla, fire spitter, monster.”
Eminem has a few crazy spots in the visual where he vomits Lego chunks from too much alcohol or he’s backed into a corner with over a dozen knives. He’s going more ballistic with his bars by breathing fire and visually shoots off an armed robber at gunpoint with a missile launcher in his lyrics. In the third verse, the “Darkness” emcee enlists cameos from iconic hip-hop producer and longtime collaborator Dr. Dre and legendary boxer Mike Tyson. Mike’s role of accidentally punching Mathers to the ground is the prime example of why he’s deemed the scariest boxer in history.
The video shifts to Dr. Dre’s hospital, where he aids his regular patient Eminem’s wounds. Mathers also plays dual roles, being the assistant doctor, cleaning the blood and giving his clone whiskey for the pain. During this scene, Shady raps the near forty second “Godzilla” Challenge verse effortlessly in both roles before sticking a knife to close the visual.
“Finna kill 'em and dump all the f---ing' bodies in the lake /Obliterating everything, incinerate a renegade /I'm here to make anybody who want it with the pen afraid/But don't nobody want it, but they're gonna get it anyway.”
In the end, a short but heartfelt tribute for late rapper Juice WRLD cuts the song with the clip in about 30 seconds. Juice died from a mistaken overdose at only 21 years old, and he cited Eminem as one of his biggest influences. Some of his last words of uplifting are recorded, stating "Just aim to accomplish something significant tomorrow and the next day and so on.”
This video was constructed to our best imagination of Slim Shady, as comparison to a timeless myth - much like his music. The rap legend is ready to rhyme whenever he sees a void to fill.
I give this music video 5 out of 5 Swoops.