Rapper Eminem debuted on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart due to his final verse to a popular gospel rap song featured on DJ Khaled’s latest album.
Eminem, born as Marshall Mathers III, is no stranger to reaching the top of the mainstream charts with his violent and irreverent rap lyrics, including songs that hint at a desire to murder his ex-wife. or take heavy drugs.
The critically acclaimed 49-year-old artist has teamed up with Kanye West and DJ Khaled, a professing Muslim, for a remix of Kanye West’s gospel song, “Use This Gospel,” originally from West’s jesus is king album. The remix appears on DJ Khaled’s new studio album, God made, and was produced by Dr. Dre.
Last week, DJ Khaled’s “Use This Gospel” featuring Kanye West and Eminem reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, making it Eminem’s first appearance on the chart in his nearly 30-year career. This week, the track dropped to No. 5 on the chart, with TobyMac’s “The Goodness” featuring Blessing Offor reaching the top spot.
West, who in recent years has professed to be a Christian, started the trend of secular rappers appearing on the Billboard Christian charts with his 2019 album jesus is king.
The album debuted atop the top Christian albums and top gospel albums in its first week of release at the time.
In “Use This Gospel (Remix)”, Eminem recounts Satan’s attacks and how God helped him.
“I’m holding on, but I don’t know if I can take it any longer / Today is the day that I put all my trust and faith in You, Father / Please let this hate make me stronger before they turn me on like a zombie / it’s like I’m strangled unconscious / when the temptation is almost like satan makes you try to get away from your girls / danglin’ a bunch of painkillers on you,” raps the Detroit-raised artist.
“So my Savior I’m calling to save me from these depths of despair/So these demons better walk ’cause He’s my shepherd/I’m armed with Jesus, my weapon is prayer/As soon as I squeeze it, I’ll am blessed as sneeze/Call me Yeezus, I’m crazy in my head, maybe I’m nuts/Never mind, I never claimed to be perfect/As long as the mistakes I recognized.”
Over the years, Eminem has openly shared his mental health struggles. In the past, his dark words and images were the opposite of honoring God.
Eminem concluded his verse in “Use This Gospel” by saying, “The Bible by my side like a gun with a gift from God / Every day I thank God for / That’s why I pay so much homage / Praises to Jesus, I always.”
According to Rapzilla, the artist, who in the past called himself a “God of Rap”, prayed before his concerts in the early 2000s, and “Afterwards he went on to rap some of the most secular hip-hop all time”. .”
From Eminem’s Early Life to Christian Billboard, Rapzilla Editor-in-Chief Justin Sarachik wrote, “It was shocking to see Eminem on a gospel rap track.”
“[W]What’s even more surprising is that he didn’t say anything controversial or blasphemous,” Sarachik explained. “He just rapped about God.”
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