Eminem released his album Revival last year, which was met with a rather tepid response and sparked thought that maybe the “Just Lose it” rapper had lost his touch. Seeing him perform at Governors Ball in June, he still had the chops as a great live performer, but the album didn’t have the bite we were used to. As rap has changed, it seemed like he hadn’t with it. Now he is going with a time-tested strategy over the past five years, dropping a surprise album -- titled Kamikaze and it is pulling no punches.
The album features Jessie Reyez on two records, Joyner Lucas and Royce Da 5’9”. The artwork is a tribute to The Beastie Boys License To Ill artwork.
He doesn’t take any prisoners, taking on Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Lil Xan, Machine Gun Kelly, Tyler, The Creator, Drake, Charlamagne tha God, DJ Akademiks, Joe Budden, Donald Trump, Mike Pence and The Grammy Awards throughout the record. He kicks off the record with “The Ringer” to ring the bell of mumble rappers like some of the aforementioned names above and does it again with Joyner Lucas on “Lucky You.”
He comments on D12 and Proof’s passing on “Stepping Stone,” rapping, “I know we kept up our hopes / But the longer we spend livin' this lie that we live / The less is left for closure, so let's let this go / It's not goodbye to our friendship, but D12 is over.”
On "Kamikaze" he lets the world know his impact on other rappers and doesn’t just call out some biters, but gives props to some he admire. “I belong here, clown, don’t tell me about the culture / I inspired the Hopsins, the Logics, the Coles / The Seans, the K-Dots, the 5’9”s and oh / Brought the world 50 Cent, you did squat, piss and moan.”
Somehow Eminem was able to keep this completely secret even with some big name features and performing throughout the summer. Now the world has another big album from Marshall Mathers.
The album was executive produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre.
Listen to this album now for your daily dose of bars.