Veteran rapper Eminem has had an interesting run over the past couple of months or so. He won acclaim with his appearance on the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher as he took shots at President Trump and stood up for injustice. He followed up his return to the limelight with the release of his ninth studio LP, Revival. Unlike his freestyle, the people were not feeling his album at all. It got a lukewarm reception at best and it seems as if the people would’ve preferred that the Slim Shady rapper had stayed in the shadows. Fast forward to a couple of days ago and it seems that the lack of love for the project may have been just the fuel that Mr. Mathers needed to get back on top.

Em hit the masses with a remix of his track “Chloraseptic” featuring fellow rappers 2 Chainz and Phresher. It’s reminiscent of the old Eminem that we used to know and love with creative edgy bars and shots fired at the naysayers. Rumor has it, that one naysayer in particular is on Em’s hit list and said individual happens to be rapper Joe Budden. Budden apparently felt some kind of way about the Revival album and was very vocal about his feelings during one of his infamous podcasts. His feelings have not only gotten to Eminem but set off Bizarre (D-12) and 50 Cent as well. Could this be the first Hip-Hop beef of 2018? If it stays between Slim and Budden, I wouldn’t be mad if it was. Peep Bizarre sounding off below.

As for the controversial tune itself, the quality is pretty top notch. The production is raw. It consists of: a dramatic foundation, foreboding secondary elements, a magnetic rhythm, and a serious vibe. The hook is catchy. The delivery is spirited. The lyrics are short, simple, and sweet. The verses are official. 2 Chainz handles his business on the first verse, Phresher holds things down on the second, and Eminem knocks out the last portion. All three artists come with diverse flows, canny wordplay, and cutting rhymes. They definitely set a daunting tone for the start of the new year. A highlight from Em’s verbal assault includes: “Something’s gotta give that’s for sure. Yet you keep coming back for more. Not as raw as I was. ‘Walk On Water’ sucks. B—h suck my dick. Y’all saw the track-list and had a fit ‘fore you heard it. So you formed your verdict while you sat with your arms crossed. Did your little reaction videos and talked over songs. (Chill!) Nah dawg, y’all saying I lost it. Your f–king marbles are gone.” That whole artists are sensitive concept comes to mind when taking in these bars right here (lol). But maybe he has a point. Maybe people weren’t as open minded as they could have been as it pertains to the project. Either way, this is a hot remake and a good first buzz worthy moment for Hip-Hop in the new year.

**My Two Cents: I’m team Eminem all day but I agree with the masses that Revival isn’t his best work at all. I don’t believe he’s falling off though. I just don’t think he came as hard as he could have on the LP. Which is made evident by the way he got off on this remix. The fire was definitely lit when he hit the booth for this one and that’s the way Shady should be on tracks every single time. As far as the potential beef with Budden, I wouldn’t mind seeing this play out on wax. Budden doesn’t seem to be taking things too seriously though so it might just end here. But definitely something to follow and listen for throughout the year. What are your thoughts on this whole “Chloraseptic” (Remix) ordeal? Drops us a line or two in the comments below. -MinM