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Does Eminem Have the Coronavirus? #GodzillaChallenge Reveals the Truth

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By Desmund Ullrich

Music to Be Murdered By’ was the latest album by Eminem released mid-January. Since then, the rapper has been in and out of trends on social media. Following the album’s debut, various social media accounts made claims that he had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, which is a phenomenon that began to surface around the same time.

The joke first appeared on Reddit when a user on the “Dad Section” added in lyrics from the 8 Mile title track ‘Lose Yourself’, particularly "his palms were sweaty, knees weak and arms were heavy".

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The challenge, launched by Slim Shady himself, urges fans to post videos of themselves speed-rapping the lyrics from his song ‘Godzilla’. The caption 'Fill ‘em with the venom and eliminate ‘em' @trillervids #GodzillaChallenge is on” already has fans posting some crazy renditions on Instagram, TikTok, and Triller - a newer social media platform for entertainers which is currently 23 million downloads strong.

It stands to reason that this challenge was created in a collaborative promotional effort between Triller and Eminem, and it is going worldwide.

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‘Music to Be Murdered By’ is the eleventh album in Eminem’s repertoire, opening number one on the Billboard 200 with 217.6 million streams. It has since fallen to number nine, but still ranks as a top contender even after a month past its initial release.

Title tracks include “Godzilla (feat. Juice WRLD)” and “Darkness”, with an intro lashing out at criticals of his previous album Kamikaze (2018). Which received 2.5 stars from Rolling Stone with the jab; "His second album in less than a year is a grandstanding outing that doesn’t live up to his standard".


It seems that this album is receiving similar criticism. Pitchfork contributor Paul A. Thompson writes “It is not, strictly speaking, a good record—Eminem hasn’t made one of those in a decade...” As a reminder, Em is a diamond-selling artist and producer with multiple Grammy Awards known for doing his own thing.

There has also been no backlash from the rapper and he seems to be in the middle of his own promotion while supporting the new release of Royce da 5’9”.

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With this album, Eminem has revealed more about his inspirations and creative process. The name of the album and album cover itself was inspired by “Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music to Be Murdered By”. Em even posted multiple photoshoot leaks mimicking the Master of Horror's poses in preparation for the album.

The album was also accompanied by the music video to “Darkness” and features collaborations with some unlikely artists including Anderson .Paak, Ed Sheeran, and Q-Tip. We’ll see which feature, if any, hits the charts.

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