Hip Hop Changes. Eminem Doesn’t. New Album, Kamikazee Drops Bombs On His Critics

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Eminem released his latest studio album, Kamikaze on Aug.31st, with no warning or advance fanfare, making it a welcomed surprise for music fans-and surprise diss attack for his haters. Eminem teamed up with longtime collaborator Dr. Dre to executive-produce the album.

The 13-track album features artists Joyner Lucas, Eminem’s, skits with manager Paul Rosenberg, Royce Da 5’9″ and two tracks with rising upcomer, Jessie Reyez. The album also includes Eminem’s track from upcoming Marvel villain movie “Venom,” starring Tom Hardy.

In the Ringer, the song revisits when Eminem made headlines last year when he slammed President Trump in a freestyle rap called “The Storm” at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Eminem told his fans they had to pick sides. “Any fan of mine/who’s a supporter of his/I’m drawing in the sand a line/you’re either for or against,” he rapped, shortly before giving the middle finger to the camera.

Eminem appears to second-guess himself about that BET moment, rapping that “if I could go back, I’d at least reword it/and say I empathize with the people this evil serpent sold the dream to that he’s deserted.” He goes on to rap, referring to the president, that “Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service/to meet in person to see if I really think of hurting him/or ask if I’m linked to terrorists/I said, ‘Only when it comes to ink and lyricists.’”

It had not been previously reported that the Secret Service had visited the rapper, and the claim on BET — assuming it was meant seriously — could not immediately be verified.

“Not Alike” antagonizes the Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly for tweeting that Em’s daughter Hailie Jade was “hot as fuck” in 2012. (She was 17 at the time.)

“Fall” snaps at millennial rappers like Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator for insinuating that “Walk on Water” sucked last year and for basically calling Em’s core fan base ‘gluttonous Mountain Dew drinkers who need to come home from the military’.

Millennial record critics have been accusing Kamikaze of lyrically brooding too much over what people have said about him—that Eminem is just hurt, and this is why he came back with Kamikaze, an album that does precisely what the title suggests: takes everyone—and everything—down with him. His critics think he’s being childish and embarrassing himself by not ‘playing nice’ by now.

What Eminem’s millennial album critics seem to be forgetting about Em is not his hard-hitting, cerebral rhymes, but his hard-hitting, sharp sense of humor. 

Kamikaze is a flurry of daggers for critics he swears don’t get it, fans he accuses of forsaking real talent for vapid drug rap, and younger rappers he believes are selling substance without style. Frankly, we couldn’t agree more, or be more pleased.

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