When the track list for the Marshall Mathers LP II dropped in August, one song title stood out—and it stayed on everyone's minds throughout the recent Eminem deluge, from "Survival" to "Berzerk" to "The Monster" to the technically peerless "Rap God." That song was the KENDRICK-assisted "Love Game," a collaboration that had been hinted at since we saw a lone TwitPic of the duo months ago. Kendrick is at the top of his game; Em, despite some recent stumbles, is still one of the best ever. What the hell would they come up with?
Something unexpected. Over a relatively unmodified sample of Wayne Fontana's "The Game of Love," Em and Kendrick deliver an ode to broken hearts and lost relationships. "Judgment is clouded, must just be the powder from the power of love/But I'm in something I don't know how to get out of" begins Em, while Kendrick stumbles with a rare cringe-worthy line ("I want you bad as the head shattered on George Zimmerman") before recovering with a Mr. T reference that doubles as a vaguely Zen statement ("Pity the fool that pity the fool in me").
They both fall on old habits. Eminem rhymes a couplet as a girl blowing him, sounding perhaps more immature than even his lowest moments on Relapse; Kendrick, more positively, brings back G.O.O.D. Kid's love interest, Sherane. But take a listen. Few haven't had a strong opinion after hearing it.