Eminem has name-checked Cincinnati on his surprise new album, Music to Be Murdered By. The lyric comes in a blitz of Ohio references and some crazy wordplay.
“Those Kinda Nights” feature guest Ed Sheeran and includes the following lines:
Holy Toledo, it's Miss Ohio
That’s the best ass I’ve seen in a while
We should be datin', she’s from Cleveland
But she's a bengal, this chick is catty
Is that a mini-skirt if it's a maxi?
That's the shortest thing for a dress since an addy
The “Cincinnati/since an addy” and “address/addy” wordplay — clever stuff.
Eminem’s 2018 album Kamikaze also had a reference to the Queen City. On the track “Venom,” he refers to his appearance at Cincinnati Hip Hop festival Scribble Jam, which was a part of a crossroads period for his early career:
Volkswagen, tailspin, bucket matches my pale skin
Mayo and went from Hellmann's and being rail thin
Filet-o-Fish, Scribble Jam, Rap Olympics, '97, Freaknik…