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Eminem is seemingly paying homage to Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire in his new single, “Tobey” — however the shoutout just isn’t as random because it appears.

The observe, which additionally options fellow Michigan rappers Large Sean and BabyTron, was launched on Tuesday, July 2, and is the second single off the legendary rapper’s forthcoming album, The Loss of life of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce).

“Tobey Maguire acquired bit by a spider / however see, me, it was a goat,” BabyTron, 24, raps within the first line of the almost five-minute tune, suggesting that Eminem, 51 – who has been known as the GOAT (biggest of all time) by followers and a few fellow artists – “bit” him just like the radioactive spider bit Maguire’s Peter Parker within the superhero sequence.

(Upon listening to the primary verse, followers had theories about why Eminem solely referenced Maguire and never his character. One Reddit person mentioned, “As a result of Tobey is Spider-Man and Eminem is Slim Shady. The one that performs the fictional half,” whereas one other added, “In all probability only for the rhymes man.”)

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The second verse sees Large Sean, 36, repeat the identical line earlier than going into his a part of the rap. In Eminem’s verse, he repeats the road with a slight variation earlier than rapping the remainder of the lyrics in his signature fast spitfire fashion.

Followers of the 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist couldn’t get sufficient of the observe and its visuals: a play on the long-lasting Spider-Man meme during which three Spider-Mans are pointing at one another in a standoff.

“When Large Sean and BabyTron say they acquired bit by a goat they imply EM. EM additionally says this ultimately saying perhaps he’s the goat that bit Large Sean and Babytron… So, Em did what he needed to do, give hope… Wonderful,” wrote one YouTuber.

One other mentioned, “Em is definitely citing the brand new technology, a legend passing the torch in a way. A variety of rappers, particularly the legends, aren’t doing this.”

The music video for “Tobey” is about to premiere on Friday, July 5, only one week earlier than his twelfth studio album drops.

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This isn’t the primary time the Detroit native has referenced the Spiderverse in his work. He contributed the observe “Venom” to the 2018 film of the identical identify. The tune additionally appeared on his Kamikaze album, which was launched that very same 12 months.

Earlier this week, the Mother’s Spaghetti restaurant founder dropped the music video for “Houdini,” the primary single off his new album. Pete Davidson, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and comic Shane Gillis all made blink-and-you-miss-it cameos within the video. All three of his kids – Hailie, Alaina and Stevie – additionally make cameos within the video.

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In Could, Eminem (whose actual identify is Marshall Mathers) teased his new album with a pretend obituary for his Slim Shady alter ego within the print version of the Detroit Free Press.

“A product of Detroit who started his profession there as a rogue splinter within the flourishing underground rap scene of the mid to late Nineteen Nineties, Shady first grew to become a family identify in 1999 with the debut of his playfully deranged single ‘My Identify Is,’ which — together with its uniquely eye catching video — uncovered the younger artist and his lyrics to a wider viewers,” learn the eulogy. “That viewers was quickly uncovered to the acute darkness of the muse/rapper, as he led hundreds of thousands of followers down a highway that glorified a demonstrably nihilistic worldview.”

The eulogy concluded, “In the end, the very issues that gave the impression to be the instruments he used grew to become calling playing cards that outlined an existence that might solely come to a sudden and horrific finish. His advanced and tortured existence has come to a detailed, and the legacy he leaves behind is not any nearer to decision than the way during which this character departed this world. Could he really discover the peace in an afterlife that he couldn’t discover on Earth.”

The Loss of life of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce) is out Friday, July 12.