Less than one year are releasing his ninth studio album Revival, which included guest appearances from Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Skyler Grey, Pink, Alicia Keys, Kehlani, and X Ambassadors, Eminem is back with a new album. This time around there are fewer featured artists and a lot more anger from the never-happy Slim Shady.
Taking a note from his “Walk On Water” duet partner Bey, Eminem surprised fans by dropping his tenth studio album Kamikaze online at midnight. The 13-track album has Em teaming up with Joyner Lucas, Royce da 5’9″, and Canadian singer Jessie Reyez, who appears on two of the album’s songs.
Reyez and Eminem teased the collaboration back in April, posting the same picture of the pair, both barely visible, in the studio together. We’re now hearing the results of that studio session in two songs with very similar titles and very different sounds.
On “Nice Guy,” Em and Reyez both take on a sing-song style of rap that has them taking aim both at themselves and the person they’re dating. Accusing each other of infidelities, “Nice Guy” is a return to Marshall Mather’s no-holds-barred approach to relationships that made him famous in the early 2000s.
Sticking with the same subject matter, which is that any woman Eminem dates is untrustworthy and cheats (we’re saying this in a much more respectful way than the rapper—also, dude, it’s been 10 albums, you’re the problem), “Good Guy” is a stronger addition to the album, with Reyez taking more ownership over her verse and getting to display her raw and unique vocals. Not only is Reyez’s voice its usual stunning breath fresh air, in this case it’s also the voice of reason with the line “This ain’t what love looks like.” No kidding.
After putting a concerted effort into marketing his last album before it’s release, Eminem went the surprise route with Kamikaze, but that doesn’t mean it’s free from big-time PR. The album’s final track “Venom” will be included on the soundtrack for the upcoming Tom Hardy comic flick of the same name.
Eminem does take a break from rapping about cheating exes to turn his sights on his peers. Taking aim at everyone from Machine Gun Kelly, to Chance The Rapper, to Drake, to Tyler, the Creator, and all the Lils (Pump, Yachty, and Xan), no one is spared in Eminem’s spitfire delivery about who is buying hooks and who should stop commenting on his daughter (that’s you, MGK).
Not all rappers are in Em’s bad books, though. The Detroit artist appears to pay homage to the Beastie Boys with his new album cover, which looks just like the trio’s 1986 Licensed to Ill.
Em also revisits his political side, once again rapping about his distaste for President Trump and Vice President Pence, even revealing that Trump had the secret service sent to Em’s home after his famous BET freestyle.
No one does angry rap better than Eminem, but we just wish he spent more of the verses taking politicians to task than other rappers and women in his past.