In case you’ve been in a coma or living under a rock in the past week, Eminem came out of literally nowhere and set the rap world on fire in a way he hasn’t in probably over a decade. Let’s put it this way, he’s pissed! And he calling out just about anybody and everybody from this current crop of SoundCloud rappers, to his own label signee Joe Budden, to music critics across the board. But especially the music critics, and just about anyone of note who s*it on his last album, Revival. I mean I didn’t have much of anything good to say about that objectively terrible misguided project but if that’s what it takes to get the Eminem Slim Shady that we got on Kamikaze, then please, by all means, trash this project too. Because this right here…this right here…is exactly why I’ve always considered Em to be one of the greatest MCs of all time. This was no holds barred Em and from the opening track alone he shows everyone just how lethal he is on a mic and the sharp, concise, and focused nature of the album makes this one of his most realized albums yet. No crossover nonsense, no exasperating politics, just pure fire! He had a clear goal when he set out to make this and he didn’t waste any time or lyrics in delivering on that goal and then some. Damn Em, you ain’t have to do them like that!
Nicki Minaj's latest wasn't all hits but it far exceeded expectations and there's more than enough present to remind everyone why she blew up to such extraordinary heights in the first place. It's a shame though that she won't just let the music speak for itself.
It’s a good listen (Drake doesn’t put out bad listens), but there’s a whole lot that I like on 'Scorpion' but almost nothing I loved. I don’t think I’ve ever skipped through a Drake project as much as I have here. There’s still quotables for days but you gotta get through a lot of uninspired filler to get to it.
If you know Freddie Gibbs then you already know his music is unapologetically hard, and 'Freddie' might be his hardest one yet. It's at the least, his most focused one. Only coming in at 10 tracks, there's not a moment, verse, or instrumental wasted.
Who I was invented by, Dre’s Frankenstein
Energized like a nine volt, ice cold
Like Snake Eyes, twice in a row on a dice roll
But if the only reason I blowed is ’cause I’m white though
Why don’t every other white rapper sell what I sold? (ooh)
Kamikaze pilot, I wrote my suicide note
Here come the guys in white coats tryin’ to stop me
‘Fore I jump behind the controls and try to fly into foes
Have you heard Kamikaze? What’d you think about it? Did Eminem bounce all the way back with this one? Is this the Em/Slim Shady you wanted to hear? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Eminem – Kamikaze Reaction
This was no holds barred Eminem and from the opening track alone he shows everyone just how lethal he is on a mic and the sharp, concise, and focused nature of the album makes this one of his most realized albums yet.