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Rhyme or Reason

"Rhyme or Reason"
Song by Eminem from the album The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Released November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)
Recorded Effigy Studios (Ferndale, Michigan), Shangri La Studios (Malibu, California)[1]
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:01
Label Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, Interscope Records
Writer Marshall Mathers, Rod Argent
Producer Marshall Mathers, Rick Rubin
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 track listing

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"Rhyme or Reason" is the third track from American hip hop artist Eminem's eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song discusses Eminem's father, who left him and his mother when he was born. Produced by the album's executive producer Rick Rubin, the song contains samples of The Zombies' "Time of the Season" from their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. The song received positive reviews from music critics.

Background and theme

In the song, Eminem discusses his father, who left him and his mother when he was born; as well as his skill as a rapper and fame. In the bridge, Eminem sings along with the chorus of Time of the Season, in one part he responds as Shady and references his song Just Don't Give a Fuck.[2]

Composition

The song was produced by the album's executive producer Rick Rubin and written by Eminem and Rod Argent of The Zombies. The song samples Time of the Season from their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. It was recorded by Mike Strange, Joe Strange and Tony Campana.[1]

Critical response

Rhyme or Reason received generally positive reviews from music critics. Dan Rys of XXL Magazine said that the song, along with So Far... will "grow on you by getting stuck in your head, and before long you’ll know every word and skip ahead to hear the familiar refrains and deft flows."[3] Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly called the song one of the "album's most endearingly bonkers tracks."[4]

Chart performance

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