After giving up the lead role in the movie Southpaw, Eminem went on to produce the film’s soundtrack. One of the cuts off the film’s score is one of the lead singles titled “Kings Never Die”. In a new interview with Genius, the rap god illuminates his inspiration behind the song and it’s bars referenced throughout. Hit the jump for some interesting and scary facts given by none other than Eminem.


The song “Kings Never Die” was produced by The New Royales and serves as rock/rap type of song. It features Gwen Stefani leading the chorus and closes with a very ironic closing line – “kings never die”.

Eminem reveals:

“My dog ‘King’ died immediately after the recording of this song.”

An eerie moment in the song itself and in real life for Marshall Mathers, he goes on to twist the song in another eerie manner.

In the first verse, Em spits a line about sitting “in Lucifer’s den by the dutch oven.” According to Em, this actually happened as he reveals he dutch ovened himself one time and “it was like Lucifer’s den which became the inspiration for that line.” Lol, if you don’t know what a dutch oven is, urban dictionary has the definition for you – The act of trapping a person under bed covers after releasing vile ass fumes.

After those self menacing lines, Em goes on in the song to rap “How ’bout that, I’m somehow now back to the underdog / But no matter how loud that I bark, this sport is somethin’ I never bow-out at”, which he claims to have drew inspiration from a 1988 Jean Claude Van Damme movie during a Bloodsport marathon on tv.

Art inspires us all, including other artists to create and Eminem clarifies that:

“This is a complete fabrication, because I’ve quit quitting on more than one occasion. Such is the circle of life.”