Eminem’s “Good Guy” Samples Japanese Anime Composer Yutaka Yamada

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The Jessie Reyez collaboration serves as the sequel to “Nice Guy.”

Eminem’s new album Kamikaze is making headlines for its disses and homophobic language, but the record also features a handful of surprising samples, including “Glassy Sky” byYutaka Yamada and Donna Burke, which serves as the backbone of “Good Guy.”Yamada is best known for his work on the Tokyo Ghoul soundtrack.

Yamada’s website highlights the popularity of “Glassy Sky,” claiming it has more than 40 million views on YouTube. Yamada is also well regarded for his work on the 2016 film Death Note: Light Up the World.

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“Good Guy” is a duet between Eminem and Reyez that continues the themes from their earlier Kamikaze collaboration “Nice Guy” and details a toxic, combative relationship characterized by paranoia and infidelity. Em raps:

Guys, when someone you’d die for
Sticks a steak knife in your heart, do you try more?
Another late night in, she stumbles through my door
Lets the daylight in and all we do’s fight more

Per Spotify, the track was produced by Eminem and IllaDaProducer. While “Good Guy” is tense and venomous, “Glassy Sky” is soft and somber, with Burke singing about the ache of a past love:

The mystery of it I recall
Suddenly the truth will change the way we fall
I didn’t wanna hurt you, hope you know
Empty promises, shattered dreams of love
Sometimes I wonder what’s beyond
I tried many times to make it up to you

As Genius broke down, Eminem is no stranger to unique samples. His 2017 album Revival flipped tracks by Cheech And Chong, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and Bette Midler, among others.

While “Good Guy” is the first prominent hip-hop song to sample Yamada’s work, in recent years anime samples have become increasingly common in rap, with Chance the Rapper using Gundam Wing on “Nostalgia,” and Lil Yachty and Offset flipping Cowboy Bebop on “DipSet”, among others.

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