Eminem Reinvents ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in New Elvis Biography Track
Eminem adds hip-hop flavor to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” in his new single from the soundtrack to The King of Rock and Roll’s upcoming biopic, titled king and me. Teaming up with CeeLo Green on the chorus, the song blends Presley’s signature track with a modern new beat.
In the first verse, Eminem references another iconic Presley track, “Blue Suede Shoes,” while talking about his own upbringing.
It’s alright one for the trailer park, two for my baby-ma / Three for the tater tots, four if you ate a lot,” he raps. Five if you come rockin’ straight while I shit on my computer‘.
Green balances Em’s rap with an insatiably catchy chorus, And I don’t give a fuck about a thing you say / I just wanna feel like a king again. And if you don’t like it, you can sit back and twirl your middle fingers (Yeah), we gon’ do that shit again.
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In his third verse, Eminem draws comparisons between himself and Presley, referencing how they are both criticized for stealing black music.
He raps: Now I’ll explain all the parallels / Between Elvis and me, myself / It seems obvious: one, he is pale like me. Second, we were both hailed like kings / He used to rock the prison, and I used to rock The Shelter / We sell like Velveeta Shells & Cheesehe raps.
The new Elvis movie has a star-studded cast of artists creating modern songs to pair with the classic Elvis tunes on the soundtrack. Swae Lee, Denzel Curry, Jack White, Diple, Tame Impala and Maneskin all wrote original songs for the Baz Luhrmann-directed film.
Last month, Doja Cat released her album contribution “Vegas,” which samples the original blues roots of Presley’s “Hound Dog.” Kacey Musgraves would also cover “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for the film, which stars Austin Butler in the lead role.
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