Eminem surprised fans with the release of his 10th solo studio album Kamikaze. The rapper lines up his detractors and enemies one by one and shoots them down. From rival rappers to politicians to culture commentators.
That clap-back attitude is the driving force behind Eminem’s new work. “I should aim at everybody in the game/Pick a name/I’m fed up with being humble,” he rhymes on album opener “The Ringer.”
Former friend and Slaughterhouse member Joe Budden gets sniped at on “Fall” in retaliation for a harsh review of Revival single “Untouchable” late last year. Longtime Shady agitator Machine Gun Kelly catches some lyrical bullets. And the Detroit rap god hasn’t let up on bashing Donald Trump, either.
While Kamikaze is not all disses—Eminem gives props to Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big Sean and Joyner Lucas, who guests on “Lucky You”—there’s a lot of name-calling to go around. He’s even dissing when he’s not dissing: “I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me though/Not even dissin’, it just ain’t for me/All I am simply is just an MC.”