Eminem launched his career throwing down at freestyle rap battles, and he took to the stage on Detroit on Friday to demonstrate he hasn’t lost a step.
In a video he shared on YouTube, Eminem returns to his “old stomping grounds” onstage at The Shelter at St. Andrew’s in Detroit, serving up an epic 11-minute freestyle rap.
“I’ve always looked at battle rap as a competition where the main objective is to destroy, completely f**king obliterate your opponent by saying anything and everything, whatever the f**k you can to get a reaction from the crowd,” he says in the video. “So nothing’s off limits.”
Posting a snippet of the video on Twitter, Eminem explains he was inspired to return to his roots by his new rap-battle film, “Bodied”.
“The release of BODIED has me feeling nostalgic about battle rap so I headed down to my old stomping grounds,” he wrote.
Eminem ratchets things up from the very first verse, addressing the horrific terror attacks that took place at Ariana Grande’s 2017 concert in Manchester, England.
“Seeing Ariana Grande sing her last song of the evening,” he raps. “And as the audience from the damn concert is leaving, detonates the device strapped to his abdominal region / I’m not gonna finish that for obvious reasons.”
You can enjoy the entire 11-minute rap in the video above.