I don’t judge people on what they say or their opinions. I judge people based on the effect they have on others. When Eminem says anything, the world stops. He grew a beard and it made actual news – A lot of people say Eminem is the best rapper of alive. I don’t agree with those people, but they have a legitimate argument. Saying Eminem is the best rapper alive is understandable, but lazy. Rappers are weird because they don’t age like Athletes as much as they age like wrestlers. As long as the charisma is still there their character can still be believable. So with that said Eminem is like the Stone Cold Steve Austin of Rap, he was amazing at his peak but to call him the best wrestler today wouldn’t be fair to AJ Styles or Seth Rollins. If that analogy is too nerdy, Eminem is like The Simpsons of Rap, great at their peak, but calling it the best show on TV in 2019 is insane. This is why it’s so frustrating to have real conversations about Eminem because his legacy outshines his current state. Plus, I’m almost 80 percent sure Eminem fans aren’t rap fans because the things they love about him today aren’t what make rap good. “Oh he rhymes words really fast” “ok but what was the song about” “DID YOU SEE HOW MANY WORDS HE RHYMED” “but I don’t know what he’s talking abo-“ “HE CAN RHYME ANYTHING, HE RHYMED THE WORD ORANGE, HE’S KEEPING HIPHOP AL-” you get the picture. It’s tiring. So with that said let’s get into the surprise album Kamikaze
Released in 2018, 12 tracks, 45 min
It's simply so natural to ridicule the modern-day rappers. The face tattoos, the styrofoam glasses, the gibberish promotion bars, the fantasy mumbled streams—SNL sent up the look, Jay-Z blueprint the sound and now, Eminem commits quite a bit of his own unexpected rendition with the album Kamikaze to bringing down the way of life. Any semblance of Migos and Lil Pump are to this 45-year-old ‘reckless’ rapper, what kid groups and Britney Spears were to him very nearly two decades prior: focuses for his vile as well as multifaceted tirades, yet in addition implies through which Eminem can catch for eye and contention. In reality, however, the outrage he heaves against 2018's young stars is of an unexpected sort in comparison to it was in the TRL period. Eminem appears to be really distraught, undermined, and harmed, as opposed to just trolling. That is on account of Eminem's December 2017 collection Revival, regardless of appearing at No. 1 on the Hot 200, neglected to produce hits, discussion and enduring deals. While that record was foreboding and sprawling, Kamikaze is super strong and fast “pyumm” Eminem would personify it as. Also, as opposed to imagining not to be annoyed by Revival's gathering, he's made a collection length Downfall-style freak-out, venting about the specialists who've taken his spot, offending the pundits who don't give him his due, grieving his own particular sentiments of decay, and pre-empting feedback that the greater part of this is a beautiful masturbatory activity.
After a lengthy marketing campaign that maybe only Eminem is capable of, the rapper put out his ninth studio album Revival, which completed the trilogy that began with Relapse in 2009 and continued with Recovery in 2010. The album was controversial in that as soon as the track list for it was unveiled, the world was critical. This was unfair, but the collaborators on it – names like P!nk, Skylar Grey and X Ambassadors – were not the kind that the world wanted to hear on music with Em in 2017. Hardcore fans urged other to be less judgemental and not enter the album with prejudice, but when the album dropped, they were damn near proven right. The project was another step away from what we fell in love with Eminem and his music for and his musical choices like production and flows over certain beats made him seem like a shell of his former self. The album as a whole is not some sort of disaster – I’m a huge fan of “Believe” for example – but it’s a definite dip in quality from his best work like The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show, and even more recently, Recovery. Whenever their work is panned by critics and/or fans, artists and rappers specifically either seem to be in denial or make excuses for themselves and I don’t blame them. Putting your heart into a piece of art only for it to be shunned must be a crushing experience to an extent – I’ve experienced it on a much smaller scale with people calling my writing “trash”, often clearly without even giving it a chance. But that’s not what Eminem did. Out of nowhere, approximately eight months after Revival dropped, a full length Em album appeared on streaming services called Kamikaze.
Eminem's "Kamikaze" Album Is An Art & A Good Reply To Critics Of His Music, But They’ll Always Be Here
What's better than one billionaire? Two billionaires. How about one Cent? 'Two Cents' of course. Yes, that's how you answer critics. You give them more than they expect and hope that they would be satisfied. That is how Eminem replied critics of his music - his 2017 album Revival. He created Kamikaze. That means that the album Kamikaze is a product of intense anger, rage and hard work. Yes, that rage you feel when someone or a group of people give you little credit than you deserve for a work you gave your all. You prove to them that you're just bigger by giving them more than they expect. Kamikaze was released on August 31st, 2018, just a few months after his immediate last album Revival which was released in December 15th, 2017. That's because Eminem just couldn't wait to give an answer to the media and critics of his music. The album which contains 13 tracks with production credits to and features from Joyner Lucas, Royce Da 5'9 and Jesse Reyes is a work of art. In normal Eminem fashion, it tells a progressive story which by just listening you get the sense of it all, only this time they aren't pleasant stories, but stories of revenge, of heated arguments, and of minding your own business. It is carefully put together in the most brilliant way ever, and this is no hype. Eminem turned his anger into art and created one of the world's greatest bodies of work ever.
Eminem released this stinker without any promotion as well as announcement. He literally tweeted the link with a fuck you and the album reached 434,000 in units sold in less than a week. If that isn’t class, then I don’t know what is. This album was a vent medium for Shady as regards replying to critics that keep hitting at him for loosing his sauce and fire he has had and he was well past his prime as one of the Greatest Rapper Alive or as they usually call legends, a G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time). He received quite a backlash regarding his previous album, Revival. It was described as weak, uninteresting, and just too plain. It only shows that Eminem at his lowest is better than the average rapper, but being Eminem, he either has to raise the bar or matching - no space for below the bar for his likes. So it took him about 8 months to release another album. He was pissed. The album was a response to everyone; critics, media, The Grammys, and other rappers and their ghostwriters. He came hard for mumble rappers and trap artists. He mentioned names, a lot of them and he didn’t get reprimanded - seriously reprimanded anyway. He also gave love on the album, by calling names of young rappers that has his respect, which automatically propelled all of their followership on their Social Media platforms, and the stream numbers started reeling in, shows started getting sold out, and their voice got just louder. The album was one of the 5 other proper Rap Albums of 2018, others being Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap, Royce da 5’9’s Book of Ryan, Black Thought’s Streams of Thought, Vols. 1 & 2, and Pusha T’s Daytona. The delivery on every single track was excellent, his savagery and punch lines were epic, his flows, DAMN!, his flows were fire. It transported me back to the 90s when I started falling into rap. The Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and so much more. Rap was absolutely a good piece of music, real music from the heart. The lyrics were everyday life and struggles of the average Joe in a system that was plagued with a lot of segregation policies. I digress, back to the album. This being his 10th album and he still had the energy of a 20year old rapper, means he is a G.O.A.T and is in a class of his own. Not forgetting that the last time we saw Shady was in relapse and he’s just been all about his life experiences, rather than pick a fight. That album is 10years old, the Lion deciding to stay away from a fight was then presumed to be old and washed, only for him to comeback with a project that sent them all scampering back to their little caves that they thought was their stronghold, is now their cabin of refuge. He had 3 features on the track; Royce da 5’9, Joyner Lucas, and Jessie Reyez in this 13 track album with the 13th track being part of the promotion for the yet to premiere movie of Venom, it was simply marketing genius along side legend and G.O.A.T status confirmation in the album. A very short beef went on shortly after the release of the album between Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) and Eminem over his response to all the previous taunts MGK has been throwing at him since 2012. It was a very short-lived beef that died just as soon as it began. MGK went on to attack his Age and his relevance in this new age as he is way past his prime and he should really consider a retirement from the booth and just face his other businesses and family. Eminem responded with a master class schooling song, which he educated and showed MGK why he is where he is currently today and it wasn’t by making noise, but actually having something to say, and going about in delivering it in a way that has never been done before. He also went petty on MGK by stating that he had more fans than he does in MGK’s own hometown, the balls on that man. Anyways, it turned out to be a publicity stunt MGK was trying to milk to push his yet to be released EP, Binge, which did badly commercial because of the backlash that followed Eminem’s “Killshot.” As some rose at the hand of the album, some also plummeted down. He finally gave closure to a question of over 15 years – “where are the Dirty Dozens (D12)”, which was lurking around in everyone’s mind. The album was massively successful and surprising, it didn’t get any nominations, even though it was well within the calendar year of the 2018 songs for Grammy Nominations. Guess he didn’t make it because he had a thing or two to say about the entire institution as being responsible for the decline of quality music theses days as they just keep celebrating mediocrity of the presence of the veterans who broke their backs to make sure Rap music is was it is today; revered and respected.
When you’re an artist as prolific as Eminem, maintaining your steeze over the years becomes increasingly hard to accomplish, what with the music industry – especially that of the Hip Hop realm – constantly evolving at a more exponential rate than Moore’s Law. In the early- to mid-teens he faltered continuously with some of the lamest raps in the game with songs like “The Monster” & “Love The Way You Lie” that made his signature flow somewhat of a joke, but just as time heals all wounds, Eminem has thankfully made a triumphant return with his 2018 album Kamikaze; Not only does it bring back the Hip Hop excellence of his earlier Horrorcore years, he also seamlessly assimilates modern Trap stylings whilst simultaneously trashing them, showing off the dominative force of nature he truly is.
Official Music Videos
- Aug 31, 2018
- Dr. Dre (exec.)
- Eminem (also exec.)
- Paul Rosenberg (co exec.)
- Swish Allnet
- Fred Ball
- Illa da Producer
- Jeremy Miller
- Tay Keith
- LoneStarr Muzik
- Mike Will Made It
- Luis Resto
- Ronny J
- Tim Suby
- Jahaan Sweet
- Effigy Studios, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Kamikaze is the tenth studio album by American rapper Eminem. Previously unannounced, the album was released on August 31, 2018 by Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, and Shady Records. The album features guest appearances from Joyner Lucas, Royce da 5'9", Jessie Reyez, and uncredited vocals by Justin Vernon. Eminem, credited as Slim Shady, and Dr. Dre served as executive producers, while production for individual tracks comes from a variety of musicians. Although it was met with mostly mixed reviews from critics (including some controversy for use of a homophobic slur and diss tracks.), it topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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