If you break down the sounds and listen to his pronunciation, “If ya ain’t” carries the rhythm of “F.Y.I” until the “I”, which is replaced by “knowing”. Thus this serves as a great transition line for the next rhyme scheme, where “knowing” becomes the dominant rhyme:
It’s F.Y.I, if ya ain’t knowing
What, go with you? Where? Nah, ain’t going.
Oh wait, you wanna date? Oh, well in that case ho, it’s June 8th, oh! and
Kinda like Beethovencomposin' a symphony of hate
So much hate woven into these raps
Bear in mind that a lot of the words highlighted don’t rhyme by themselves, but Em manipulates their sound to make them rhyme. This is a characteristic feature of Eminem, and he’s talked about it in this interview:
Nowadays hip-hop is seen as, as long as the song has a catchy hook and some sort of techno beat behind it, its good. Doesn’t matter who the artist is.
Here’s a solid example:
It isn’t about the song being “quality” or not, hip-hop fans are notoriously fickle; more-so than fans of other genres. A rapper who’s “hot” or has a buzz one year, can vanish the next year. You don’t see many successful rappers with longevity like a Jay-Z. ALSO rap fans often times complain when a rapper does the same thing over and over. People used to complain about Papoose being too one dimensional and couldn’t make a song for the radio. It doesn’t matter how good the music is, if it doesn’t fit what’s currently hot, it’s disregarded by the mainstream public.
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