Monday, August 2, 2010
"Lyric Raid" : "Renegade" by Jay-Z and Eminem
This entire verse is created around the theme of religion and the wordplay is pretty genius. It's hard to capture the elegance of the verse on screen without hearing it so I suggest you take a listen. Eminem killed it so Jay-Z, not usually overshadowed, is getting skipped over on this one.
"See I'm a poet to some, a regular modern day Shakespeare.
Jesus Christ the King of these Latter Day Saints here.
To shatter the picture in which of that as they paint me
as a monger of hate and Satan, a scatter-brained atheist.
But that ain't the case, see it's a matter of taste.
We as a people decide if Shady's as bad as they say he is.
Or is he the latter - a gateway to escape?
Media scapegoat, who they can be mad at today.
See it's easy as cake, simple as whistlin Dixie.
while I'm wavin the pistol at sixty Christians against me.
Go to war with the Mormons, take a bath with the Catholics,
in holy water - no wonder they try to hold me under longer.
I'm a motherfuckin spiteful, delightful eyeful,
The new Ice Cube - motherfuckers hate to like you.
What did I do?
I'm just a kid from the gutter,
makin this butter off these bloodsuckers,
cause I'm a muh'fuckin renegade."