Eminem | Kamikaze | Album Review
Aftermath, Interscope, Shady Records
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Eminem dropped an unannounced 10th studio album at midnight on Aug. 31, titled Kamikaze. Featuring guest artists such as Joyner Lucas, Royce da 5’9”, and Jessie Reyez, the album has already topped multiple charts globally, while at the same time amassed a huge spread of controversy on the lyrical content that Eminem is rapping about.
As one of the greatest rappers of all time, Eminem didn’t hold back as he dissed most of today’s new generation of rappers. These include Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), and Migos. He considered them “mumble rappers,” a term used for their incomprehensible lyrics. Song titles such as “The Ringer,” “Not Alike,” and “Fall” feature the most content as he mockingly interprets Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” and Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” flow. Eminem calls out Lil Pump and Lil Xan for imitating Lil Wayne, outing the new generation of rappers with the “Lil” title to pick a name instead.
The main battle is with MGK and Tyler the Creator. MGK has had a long feud with Eminem since 2012, so Eminem made sure that he would get the message in “Not Alike.” Next comes Tyler the Creator, where Eminem decided to use a gay slur when criticizing him in the song “Fall.” It’s not a battle with Tyler critics and fans believe that the use of the slur is unacceptable and that Eminem should retire. In an interview with MTV’s Sway Calloway, Eminem said that he regretted the slur. “I felt like, ‘This might be too far.’ In my quest to hurt him, I realize I was hurting a lot of people by saying it.”
Now, take away the controversies, the disses, and just sit there and listen to the music. Kamikaze is a reminder of the rapper’s roots that he planted back in his prime in 2002. The flow of each song is lyrical genius. Each track is vastly different, making it a unique album to listen to.