Eminem Explains Lyrics Of “Kings Never Die” On ‘Genius’


About an hour ago, Eminem make annotations of his song “Kings Never Die” on Genius. You can check all explanations below:

About The Song:

“A lot of times, if a beat has a certain feel to it. I try to make sure I choose words that feel like something, even if it’s a play on words, so a lot of people aren’t really listening for that to be able to catch them so they may actually never get them or end up catching something later.” – Eminem

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About The Line:  “Here to stay / Even when I’m gone / When I close my eyes / Through the passage of time /Kings never die”

“My dog “King” died immediately after the recording of this song.” – Eminem 

About Gwen Stefani:

“Funny story, Gwen had a goldfish named “King.” It also died after the recording of this song.”- Eminem 

About The Line: “Cause here I sit in Lucifer’s den by the dutch oven. Just choosing to sin, Even if it means I’m sellin’ my soul, just to be the undisputed again, do whatever I gotta do just to win”

“I actually dutch ovened myself one time and it was like Lucifer’s den which became the inspiration for that line.” – Eminem

About The Line: “How ’bout that, I’m somehow now back to the underdog, But no matter how loud that I bark, this sport is somethin’ I never bow-out at”

“Shout to Jean Claude Van Damme. I wrote this bar during a Bloodsport marathon on TNT.” – Eminem

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About The Line: “Only time I ever been out and about / Is drivin’ around town with my fuckin’ whereabouts in a doubt / Cause I been lost tryna think of what I did to get here.”

“I’m saying “out in a bout” as in boxing match & using the next line as a play on words as in “out & about.”” – Eminem

About The Line: “Not a quitter / Gotta get up, give it all I got or give up.”

“This is a complete fabrication, because I’ve quit quitting on more than one occasion. Such is the circle of life.” – Eminem

About The Line: “Spit on, shit on, stepped on, but kept goin’ / I’m tryna be headstrong but it feels like I slept on my neck wrong / Cause you’re moving onto the next, but is the respect gone? / Cause someone told me that..”

“I’m tryna be headstrong” is in direct correlation to a new line of neck weights that I’m endorsing. There isn’t a name yet, but our slogan is “Don’t let your skull be dull!” Look out for them.”- Eminem 

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About The Line: “You ain’t never even had to reach in the fire to dig deep”

“I have. Once at camp. 10 skin grafts later, you can barely tell.” – Eminem 

About The Line: “I think I see why a lot of rappers get on these features and try to show out on a track with me / But it’d actually have to be a fuckin’ blow-out to get me to re-tire / Tell these new artists that kings never die.”

“Blow-out to get me to re-tire”…I had a summer internship at Belle Tire when I was 15. I still hold the record for tire changing, 16 seconds.” – Eminem 

About The Line: “So fuck what these cynics say / (It) just goes ta show that when my back’s against the wall / And I’m under a tack again, that I’ll act as if I’m ‘posed ta / With this pent up rage, cause all these plaques in my office / On the floor stacked against the door
Are they just metaphors for the odds of me comin’ back again? / Cause all the accomplishments, accolades, awards / And trophies just don’t mean jack anymore”

“Back’s against the wall…under a tack…act as if I’m poster” ?…..NOBODY is gonna get that!!!” – Eminem 

About The Line: “And I ain’t stopping ’til I’m on top again, all alone and on a throne / Like a token of respect, or a homage poem, or an ode I’ve been owed.” 

““On a throne” “honor thrown” “like a token of respect or a homage poem or a ode I’ve been owed tossed in the air and launched so hard it broke my collar bone..!!!…??? Gimme A fuckin’ BREAK!!!” – Eminem 

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About The Line: “I went from powdered milk and Farina / To flippin’ burgers on the grill for some peanuts / From Gilbert’s to arenas, call me Gilbert Arenas, still appeal to the dreamers.”

“Shout to my Gilbert’s peeps!!!” – Eminem