Eminem can now add “No.1 Christian song” to his long list of accomplishments. According to ChartData, the legendary Detroit MC, alongside DJ Khaled and Kanye West, hit No.1 on the Billboard 100 Hot Christian songs chart with their latest collaboration, “USE THIS GOSPEL.”
Eminem has a lot of accolades. While he might have some detractors, the Detroit rapper is inarguably one of the most successful emcees of all time, and many in the music industry believe it’s well deserved. So at this point, people associate Em with a lot of things. Christian music, however, has not been one of those things.
According to Vibe, The three-minute track finds Em in unfamiliar territory as he raps from a place of spiritual maturity, giving thanks to God for his gift to rap and his life. Shady also takes time to address people switching up on him, from hating him in the beginning, to loving him, to then hating him again.
“To compare Godliness to an atheist/But I got them audiences raving/in amidst my squabbles/I got some awesome inspiration to draw from, off ’em/Pen and paper, I’m knockin’ ’em off,” Slim Shady meticulously raps. “Woke up on stage at a concert/Whole place looking like a mosh pit/Bible at my side like a rifle with a God-given gift/Every single day I thank God for/That’s why I pay so much homage/Praises to Jesus, I’ll always.”
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According to hnhh, Many on social media were quick to point out that it was a pretty shocking that the rapper who made the song “Kim” is now topping the Christian charts. One could look at pretty any early Eminem to find some not-so-Biblical lyrics. “I hung my original self from the top bunk with a belt / Got pissed off and ripped Pamela Lee’s tits off / And smacked her so hard I knocked her clothes backwards like Kris Kross,” he rapped on “My Name Is.”
As for Kanye West, the achievement is slightly less shocking (though, to be sure, Ye’s had his questionable lyrics in the past). West has spent the past few years banning swears from his songs and leading Sunday Services. His album Jesus Is King topped the Christian charts upon its release.
DJ Khaled’s been seeing a lot of success with his new album, God Did, which has beat Bad Bunny to become the number one album on the Billboard charts.
The track originally appeared on Kanye West’s 2019 LP Jesus Is King but was remixed for Khaled’s latest, GOD DID. The “Another One” producer GOD DID released on August 25, 2022, and featured guest appearances from Drake, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend, Lil Baby, City Girls, Latto, and more.
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Sources: hnhh, Vibe
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