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EPISODE 155: Eminem – Kamikaze Album Review

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When Eminem announced that he had an album coming out in 2016, the excited frenzy quickly turned sour when only the tracklist for his 9th studio album Revival was released 10 days before the album’s release last year. Following the theme of his R-titled albums, (RelapseRecovery) and hot off the heels of his highly praised and controversial freestyle “The Storm”, which he debuted at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, Shady delivered a politically charged, self reflective, and lyrically conscious 19 song album. Unfortunately, many of the fans had already made up their mind about how they weren’t going to like the album and they, along with a few household names, kept that same energy upon the album’s release. To call the album’s reception mixed would be a nice description of some of the things that were said about the record. Harsh criticism came from names like Tyler, the Creator and Joe Budden, while more polarizing reactions were shared all over social media. Eminem would go on to address fans and peers that turned their backs on him following the release of the album and comments made from his freestyle in a remix of the track “Chloraseptic”. Despite racking up another consecutive No. 1 album, Revival didn’t match the same success or impact of Eminem’s previous albums. Being his own worst critic, Em sat on this for a while, digested everything said, and returned with a vicious purpose. Eight months later, out of nowhere, Eminem unleashed all his pent up frustration his 1oth studio album Kamikaze. In classic Slim Shady fashion, anyone he had a problem with, he mentioned with no remorse. In the opening track “The Ringer” he takes aim at rappers like Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, and the all-too-familiar “mumble rap” flow that has become a major trope in the genre. He pulls no punches in dissing Joe Budden, mentioning popular radio host Charlamagne the God, and reigniting his issues with Machine Gun Kelly in the Tay Keith produced, mumble rap mocking banger “Not Alike” featuring fellow lyricist Royce Da 5’9. The album’s modern sound also comes from other great producers such as Mike Will Made It, who produced the track “Greatest”, Boi-1da and Illa Da Producer are also frequently credited for their work on the album, namely the Joyner Lucas assisted track “Lucky You”. Kamikaze delivers on both accounts of sounding new and reminiscent at the same time. With visceral delivery, controversial lyrics, and bluntly addressing everyone by name, it all results in another formidable album to add to Em’s legendary catalog. Whether you love him or hate him, Eminem is one of the greatest to ever touch a mic, and a true master of his craft.