He's wondering if he should spit this slow, fuck no
Go for broke,
Slowing down one’s flow is normally something rappers do in order to make themselves more commercially viable. This is because, prior to Rap Genius, listeners had trouble understanding rapidfire lyrics
But Eminem doesn’t care about sales: he’s sold enough albums, more than any other rapper by far. This verse is all about his pride, and he wants to highlight his technical proficiency with a ridiculously fast flow
This may also be a subliminal diss to Wayne (mostly), Drake (less likely) and Kanye (really not) because they all spit their verses slow and he picks up the pace after he asks this question. therefore making them look like bozos
Go for broke also means to risk everything. He knows a slow verse would sell more, but he basically can do whatever he wants. This case, go against the expectations (and overcome them)
With reference to the theory that ‘slow = sales’, Em may be making a bid to prove his transcendence amidst the game. As was stated Eminem has sold more albums than any other rapper so obviously fast rapping does not mean less sales, but maybe that’s cos of Em’s supreme gift for enunciation and narrative clarity. In fact, Em’s work here is a 101 course on the construction of a good verse; it should build, starting off slow and picking up energy as it progresses. While Em starts off fast here, wait til you see how frenetic things have become by the end!
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