On November 24, Eminem will release Shady XV, a two-disc set with one disc of Shady Records hits and another of new material. A year after the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, it’s clear Slim Shady isn’t slowing down, either as rapper or provocateur. Both aspects of the Detroit MC were on display in a recent verse that was at once a wordplay technician’s master class and an ugly, Ray Rice-alluding description of violence against Lana Del Rey. Then there was his rape-themed lyrical jab against Iggy Azalea.
Eminem confirms he neither can nor will stop in his virtuosic verse on “Psychopath Killer,” a song from Shady XV that’s credited to Slaughterhouse and also features Yelawolf. “The thought of retiring / Is makin’ me want to set your daughter on fire with a soldering iron,” he insists. That cartoonish threat against an anonymous young woman aside, the part of Eminem that courts controversy has quieted a bit here; he suggests he has so terrified Catholics that “the Pope’s mad again,” which indicates he may want to read up on the current pontiff. The real Slim Shady won’t sit down, and in a few years maybe he’ll be following in Patti Smith‘s footsteps at the Vatican.
Listen to “Psychopath Killer” below, along with a recently shared demo of “Lose Yourself.”