On this day, exactly 5 years ago (October 15, 2013), Eminem released “Rap God” as the third single off his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It contains references to previous conflicts in Eminem’s career, as well as to other rappers’ conduct. The song received very positive reviews, with critics praising Eminem’s lyrical ability and rapping speed.
The song entered the Guinness World Records as the hit single which contains the most words; it totals 1,560 words. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, but lost to Kendrick Lamar’s “i.” The music video of “Rap God” won “Best Editing” nomination at MTV Video Music Awards.
Complex ranked the song number 14 on their list of the 50 best songs of 2013. Rolling Stone positioned the song at number 15 on their list of the 100 best songs of 2013. Complex also named Eminem’s third verse the third best rap verse of 2013.
The song debuted at #5 on the UK Singles Chart and at #1 on the UK R&B Chart, despite its late release. It replaced “Berzerk”, his first single from the album at that position. In the United States, it debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. With the R&B component removed it debuted at #1 on the Rap Songs chart.
It also debuted at #1 on the Digital Songs chart, with over 270,000 downloads sold. “Rap God” was Eminem’s seventh top 10 start on the Hot 100, pushing him past Lil Wayne (six) for the most among men in the chart’s 55-year history.
Since its release, the song has been certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA. in US and has sold 1,896,000 copies in United States as of September 2017. The song is also Platinum in Australia and Canada and Gold in Denmark, Italy and the United Kingdom.