Comedian Chris D’Elia might have the best impression of #Eminem in the world. In a 2018 video, while driving the car, he recorded a parody video of what Eminem sounds like. His face remained plain but his words were twisted and snarled like the rap legend he imitated. That clip has found new life in the new collaboration between #Logic and Eminem, "Homicide." The dizzyingly fast track is as ferocious and complex as these two masters of rap techniques, but the real star here is D’Elia who makes his song debut next to his idol and if it weren’t for the dip in audio quality to signal that D’Elia’s voice is a recording, it’s hard to tell where Eminem stops and D’Elia begins.
But the stars of the show here are Logic and Eminem who take twelve shots of espresso and two Red Bulls a piece, go into the studio and rap while running at max speed on identical treadmills. It’s like the Tasmanian Devil got cloned into a slightly eviler version and then hopped in the booth with his other and spat identical sixteens. Logic cackles a terrible dad joke that’ll make you cringe, and from there "Homicide" moves like the fall from the highest point of a roller coaster; it’ll take everything you have to hold the hat you have on your head because you probably should have removed it before the ride started. Logic sniffs and smiles, there’s blood in the water. "And I’m tired of all of this high school ’he’s cool, he’s not’ rap shit/Can a single one of you motherfuckers even rap? Shit," he rhymes breathlessly, snapping at his competition with bared, bloody fangs. It’s beautiful to hear the contempt in his voice and see the scarlet glint in his eyes.
Eminem similarly has something to prove, just by standing next to Logic. Do you think that arguably the greatest rapper of all time would let his younger half outshine him? Think again. Eminem turns into the Flash and disappears in a blinding flash of red light. The quotable phrases zoom around you in disparate words and ideas and you’ll have to use a lasso to piece them together. "I’m lookin’ for the smoke but you motherfuckers are scattering/Battering everything and I’ve had it with the inadequate," he gags as the excess of words come tumbling out of his mouth like stale bile. When his lungs can’t hold anymore, he hands the song off to D’Elia for the vicious Eminem-like verse that captures all of the legend’s idiosyncrasies. "Homicide" will make you jitter with wide eyes while trying to congeal its parts before then, but you’ll be cackling soon after.
"Homicide" will appear on Logic’s forthcoming album, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. Last month, the rapper became the first to top the New York Times’ Best Sellers List with his debut novel, Supermarket.
Listen to this rapping whirlwind with joking debris up above.