My iPod #429: D12 – Git Up

“Git Up” is a song by Detroit rap group D12. Although it wasn’t a single it did receive its own music video, a portion of which was visible nearing the end of the music video for “How Come” before being drawn out to its full length. “Git Up” begins D12’s second album and what is still their ‘most recent’ one after more than ten years “D12 World“. Back in 2004 this was the group’s first album after a long awaited three years from “Devil’s Night“, and they needed a track to announce their return. “Git Up” is this track.

The track is four minutes of tongue-twisting lyrical onslaughts by Eminem, Swifty and Kuniva, with Bizarre taking a role has the hype man as the track nears its end. Eminem does take up about half of the duration. But his ability to spit out the verse and then lead straight into the chorus without seemingly taking a breath for a second makes it one of his best performances on record yet. In the lyrics a lot of guns and various arms are mentioned. Just what the three members what to do with them is clear. But whatever is stated in the verses don’t really mean anything. The thing that mattered the most was that D12 was back with a new album, and the group are intent on making you ‘motherfuckers listen’.

I’ll be fine if D12 never made an album again. I know they are still together. But if they were to I don’t think it could ever be the same. You know why.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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