Eminem has been added to the Guinness World Records, according to Billboard.
The Detroit, Michigan emcee earned a nod in the Guinness World Records with “Rap God.” The song features the most words in a hit single.
“Rap God,” which is six minutes, four seconds long, consists of 1,560 words, the report says.
The song has been celebrated by some, including Crooked I, who praised it for displaying Eminem’s prowess.
“It was crazy,” Crooked I said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “It’s just always refreshing to hear a super mainstream artist with bars and skills because a lot of these mainstream dudes that’s rapping out there is wack as fuck. So, here’s somebody who has all the success and has achieved so much in the game and he still has bars to bar you out the game. It’s real refreshing. He basically took the art of double-time rapping and displayed the many different ways you can do that. There’s different cadences you can use when you’re double-timing. He just displayed almost all of them on one song.”
Others have been critical of the song. Boy George said it was insensitive toward people who are gay. Eminem responded to some criticism about the song’s use of gay slurs.
“I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times,” Eminem said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words [to mean homosexual]…It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people.
“Not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much shit that’s tongue-in-cheek,” Eminem added at the time. “I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I’m glad we live in a time where it’s really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don’t know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke.”
Others, including Casual, have made responses about the song and Em’s claim to godliness.