Word Rick, word man you heard,

from Eminem – Berzerk Lyrics on Rap Genius


It is also a shout-out/tribute to one of Em’s favorite rappers, Treach of Naughty By Nature, as well as Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh’s “The Show”. He combines a lyric from Feel Me Flow where Treach says;

Bust the move and then swerve
Serve words with nerve embedded I said it word
Damn, you nerd man, you heard

Treach not only inspired but also made Eminem rethink his whole career about becoming a rapper.

“Rick” is a reference to Rick Rubin, the producer of this song and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. In the official video, Rick responds to Em with “word man you heard.”

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