At midnight on Friday morning, Eminem tweeted out a link to a surprise new album, Kamikaze, and set the late-night internet on fire.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) August 31, 2018
The 13-track album, streamable on Apple and Spotify, is the rapper’s first release since his 2017 LP Revival. Produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre, it pays homage to the classic Beastie Boys album License to Ill and features collaborations with Joyner Lucas, Jessie Reyez, Royce da 5’9, and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
The name is derived from the Japanese aircraft used in the Second World War that were loaded with explosives and dropping on their targets in a deliberate suicidal crash. The word is also commonly used as an adjective to describe someone who is reckless or self-destructs.
On the record, Eminem takes digs at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, Lil Yachty, the Grammy Awards, and the press in general, who he lashes out at for the bad reviews of Revival.
The album cover for ‘Kamikaze’ by Eminem was inspired from ‘Licensed To III’ by Beastie Boys. pic.twitter.com/EwVVgG04Cv
— HIP HOP FACTS (@DailyRapFacts) August 31, 2018
More importantly, it features Eminem in full-on old-school mode, dropping a litany of classic Marshall Mathers verses. It’s an occasionally uneven album, but it’s full of fire and full of Eminem’s always-impressive skill. It also reminds us, as few Eminem moments have lately, why so many hip-hop fans believe he’s the GOAT.