Oh God! Shady’s back.
Nearly four months after confirming a new album is on the horizon with “Campaign Speech,” Eminem joins Big Sean on “No Favors” off I Decided.
The menacing cut finds Marshall Mathers using a deep, sinister voice to deliver his hyper-technical bars, referencing Fergie, Dr. Dre, and President Donald Trump.
“Trump’s a bitch / I’ll make his whole plan go under,” he raps. “And tell Dre, I’m meeting him in L.A. / White Bronco, like Elway speeding / I’m about to run over a chick … Female stay beatin’ em, bet you they’ll stay bleeding / And yell wait, pleading but screaming is pointless, like feeding Michel’le helium.”
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 3, 2017
Previously, the Motor City rappers collaborated on “Detroit Vs. Everybody,” but this new track was particularly significant for Sean.
“Eminem was the only person I heard that could be on that song,” he told Beats 1. “It reminded me of why I am such an Eminem fan. It reminded me of why I fell in love with Eminem’s work. He’s unique. He’s special. When I first heard him, I feel like he was bringing new flows to the game. When he did this verse, it brought that feeling right back to me like, ‘Wow. This is a brand new energy.’ All the things he said were so necessary for the album…That’s what I was happy about. I’m glad that he addressed things, conceptually, that necessarily weren’t addressed. Super thoughtful.”
According to Sean, Em’s contribution also came as somewhat of a surprise. “I was telling him the story of the album, what it meant to me, and he honestly told me, ‘I want to be a part of it, but I don’t know if I’m gonna have time.’ That was what I got back when I was talking to him. I was like, ‘Damn. I don’t know if he’s gonna come through with it.’ Then, randomly, out of nowhere, I got the Eminem verse.”
Listen to “No Favors” below.