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All The People Eminem Calls Out On His Album 'Kamikaze'

Updated 18 Oct 2019 13.7k votes 3.3k voters 484.1k views21 items

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In the middle of the night at the end of August 2018, Marshall Mathers, AKA Slim Shady, AKA Eminem, quietly dropped his 10th studio album, Kamikaze, with barely a hint beforehand - only a casual tweet announcing it. Within an hour, the album - co-produced by Dr. Dre - was streaming in record statistics and sent the internet abuzz, especially when listeners discovered the entire record is essentially a series of diss tracks.

In tracks like "Fall," "Greatest," and "Lucky You," Eminem refers to himself as the greatest of all time, and dishes it out to everyone from Mike Pence to Drake to Lil Pump to the Grammy Awards. His controversially homophobic comments also reared an ugly head again when he fired slurs at Tyler, the Creator, who had officially come out as LGBTQ+ in 2017 and also happened to call Revival “trash” (spoiler: he wasn’t the only one). On “The Ringer," he even goes so far as to name-check Kala Brown - a woman notoriously rescued from a serial killer's kidnapping and repeated assault in 2016. People who notably evaded Shady's shade on this album: Kathy Griffin, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, and the Beastie Boys, whose 1986 album art from Licensed to Ill allegedly inspired Kamikaze.

Eminem is no stranger to public feuds and instigating beef through his music, but Kamikaze stands out as a direct response to the general failure of his 2017 album, Revival, which the media, fans, and other artists alike roasted. But in firing all his angry lyrical pistons - what Eminem does best - he has creatively incorporated those artists' distinct styles, including beats and elements, to clarify his point, producing a record some music critics are calling the best since The Marshall Mathers LP. At the very least, Kamikaze reminds us that when it comes to rap battles, Shady still has the upper hand in both his self-destruction and the demolition of others' reputations.

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