Eminem Drops Impressive Surprise Album "Kamikaze"

By Andreas Fanos on September 4, 2018

The world stood back and watched as one of the most legendary and well-known rappers dropped his album “Revival.” What followed it was the backlash from critics and fans that the artist was not the same and would never be again. It was met with huge criticism as Eminem’s rhymes were simply not good, the fire was not there, rippled with politics, minimal faltered production, and flawed messages. There were some good songs, but the rest was filler and just bad content.

Eminem’s latest surprise album “Kamikaze” is a response to the doubters after the extreme backlash against “Revival,” with a tribute cover to the Beastie Boys with a backward message of suck it and another curse word as denoted by the letters “FU.” It was a huge surprise as no word was out about its release though it still went number 1 regardless. The album starts off with Eminem’s clever wordplay on “The Ringer” and like the title implies, the rest follows with a barrage of attacks and fueled anger towards the doubters and naysayers. A rage that made him a career. “The Ringer” brings a lot of imagery and metaphors. The skits in the work also cement this doubt from his manager to not even release this project.

Many other rappers have taken the same elements from Eminem — the fury, and the anger that fuels their own music as artists. Highlight tracks like “Greatest,” “Lucky You,” “Stepping Stone,” and “Not Alike” really paint the picture of this album — a rapper rising from the doubt. “Stepping Stone” very much brings back old memories of Eminem’s rapping and singing in one, filled with the memories of the artist from 2002. The track is an ode to lost friends and his own mistakes of not handling his responsibilities. The confessional song is very much a heartfelt song and feels like an awakening and the reality of not being the same artist that he used to be, back in the day with the same fire.

“Lucky You” and “Not Alike” are the best songs for me on the entirety of the work as the featured artists add brilliant verses to the rattling production. Both Joyner Lucas and Royce da 5’9″ empty their ammunition on the tracks with Lucas crafting a catchy hook and verse. Royce equally rattles away perfect bars over the rattling beat.

Joyner gives a great opener “I done a lot of things in my day, I admit it, I don’t take back what I say. If I said it, then I meant it….Y’all gotta move.” The rest of it follows with Eminem bragging about his rich lifestyle and confidently stating the struggles he had to go through. While “Not Alike” samples the hit song with Drake called “Look Alive” poking fun at the artist with a catchy chorus and lyrics on one of the best songs on here in my opinion, as both Royce and Eminem kill their verses.

Photo taken by me via Apple Music

College students can greatly cater to this work and his prior projects as Eminem is one of the best rappers to ever do it. He spoke to a generation of kids filled with anger and frustration. This album will speak to college students who are going through a tough time or need motivation as the album is very motivating. On “Fall” he mentions how he inspired so many other artists after him. He planted the soil for others in the game, that doesn’t mean that the artist will not attack the other wannabe rappers, even at this age. Eminem puts a lot of the current mumble rappers in shame such as Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, and Lil Xan. He even goes at other high up rappers such as Joe Budden though, Drake, Machine Gun Kelly, and Tyler, The Creator. One verse supplants the same belief everyone has been saying for years that Drake doesn’t even write his own music for a lot of his content.

The rappers anger towards the current music genre is validated as it has changed drastically since the 80′s and 90′s with mumble rap and nothing more than boomy production taking the credit. Eminem pokes fun of the fact about the rappers not being smart, instead, being consumed by pain pills and medications, along with treating rap like a fun game and even lying about what they have done or acting tough for the appeal. And hilariously stating that they can’t rap, to the point of barely putting two words together. Eminem is not the only artist to attack the current mumble rappers in the game as J Cole attacked others in his powerful album “KOD.”

“Kamikaze” is not without its own flaws with the horrible song in my opinion “Nice Guy” which has bad lyrics and an even worse chorus to sport it. Eminem will also never be able to capture the same content or lyricism from many years ago, however, the latest work shows flashes of his past self. I also thought he could have had a much better closer to the album than having the song “Venom” from the movie that will come out later in the year. The song “Normal” follows out like a conversation to a messed up relationship with a girl. The 12th song with featured artist Jessie Reyez is pretty good though and takes a nice turn from the angry rapping, but instead some heartfelt lyrics and singing. She very much impresses, as do the other featured artists on the work as a whole.

“Kamikaze” is definitely not a top 5 work because his prior work is untouchable in its passion and lyrics, but this is in the 6th or 7th spot for me. What makes it as good as I believe it to be is because it was a terrific response after bombing on “Revival” which was further from a revival, but a burial. “Kamikaze” is surely an album going back to the roots and heart that cemented him as one of the greatest rappers ever.

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