For those who still dedicatedly follow the music releases of rap idol Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, they are sure to still be playing out his album “Revival”, which came out for the 2017 Holidays. Polarized critic reviews and backlash from old-school fans aside, nothing stopped “Revival” from number 1 debuts on five countries including the US. Collaborations with luminaries such as Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran on some of its featured songs were a major popularity factor. But from right out of nowhere this week, Eminem suddenly took the music world by surprise by his follow-up album, only 8 months after “Revival”.
Rolling Stone has it that Eminem announced a new album, “Kamikaze”, midnight of Thursday, August 30, with the release following the very next day. A whopping 13 songs are in this full album package, which was a big shocker that it was in the works so soon after the 19-track “Revival” that rolled out December of last year. One particular song of note that will get attention in “Kamikaze” is also included in the soundtrack for Sony Pictures’ Marvel superhero movie “Venom” starring Tom Hardy. Eminem even teased a snippet from that track on Twitter, just before the album announcement.
Just like with “Revival”, the hip hop superstar also worked with a number of guest performers on some of the songs. These comprise two track collaborations with Jessie Reyes, one with Joyner Lucas and one with Royce 5’9”, Eminem’s partner in the Bad Meets Evil performing duo. This was a reciprocal team-up following Mathers’ own guest appearance in the music video for Royce’s song “Caterpillar”. Album art for “Kamikaze” was also revealed, with observers pointing out similarities to the cover of 1986 Beastie Boys album “License to Ill”; it depicts a fighter plane rear end with the tail number FU-2.
Subject that Eminem raps to on this album, his 10th on a studio, include the usual suspects: President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the media, even the Grammys. Mathers even assured audiences in his tweet of the album art that he was not “overthinking” on the tracks’ themes.
Eminem and Dr. Dre are co-executive producers for “Kamikaze”, and are joined in producing credits by Mike Will Made It (“Greatest” and “Fall”), Illadaproducer, Ronny J, Jeremy “Backpack” Miller, Boi-1da & Jahaan Sweet, Tay Keith, Tim Suby, Fred Ball and S1. The album is out now on digital platforms, such as Apple Music and iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and other providers.
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