Phresher and 2 Chainz reportedly recorded their verses during the original song session. Why those verses weren’t included on the Revival album is a mystery to me. This remix version, even with Phresher’s verse placed in the middle when the hook guy should be first or last, is much better. That’s partly because Eminem scraps his previous raps for a much better one.
It’s also a new one because he uses it as a pre-response to the many negative reviews of Revival, which would be way less if he rapped more like this on it. 2 Chainz nearly matches Em with less effort though, à la style over substance. “Ferris day off,” he says, “F-12 same color as Kate Moss…” Even if he didn’t say “arm”, he should pretend he did because that would be classic.
my rating = 4 of 5
The title simile isn’t as fresh as Eminem seems to think it is. He’s “at your throat”, in lyrical attack mode, but this Chloraseptic isn’t Maximum Strength. It’s the weak generic version that has him spitting more like Wale than that battle rapper from 8 Mile.
Still the “geyser” part, in which he Relapses into a knife-wielding slut-killer for four bars, is creative. Other quirky tidbits include him giving an off-beat compliment to a girl with the “prettiest thighs” and wooing like Ric Flair after ripping a condom in two.
my rating = 3 of 5
The music changes drastically near the halfway point and stays that way till the end. That, along with the wise decision to abandon the chorus; one of Eminem’s all-time worst; makes this basically two songs in one. The first, a satirical rock anthem from the perspective of a white racist cop, is an annoying mess, thanks mainly to the aforementioned hook. The second, rapped by the black victim, fares better, though listening to the beat in headphones reveal that the bassline is mixed in stereo; sonically a terrible idea.
On the concept, it’s true that police corruption is a major problem in America. I’m just not convinced that it’s essentially a white on black problem as the boy Eminem plays strongly suggests. Many people, black and white, prematurely attribute the bad acts of crooked cops to racism when it happens to be white on black. That creates a scenario similar to The Boy Who Cried Wolf, which minimizes the effects of true racism. It’s okay if Eminem is just playing characters, but it sounds like he’s on some kind of white guilt trip.
my rating = 3 of 5