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Last night, Eminem dropped a surprise new album, Kamikaze. The full-length is the rapper’s follow-up to 2017’s Revival and it seems to serves as his response to the overwhelmingly negative reviews the release received.

Throughout the 13-track album, Eminem defends his status in hip-hop and calls out a host of rappers including Tyler, The Creator, Drake, Lil Yachty, Joe Budden, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, and Machine Gun Kelly — and he doesn’t hold back.

On “Fall,” Eminem comes for Tyler, The Creator, calling him “a bitch:”

“Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a — bitch
It’s not just ’cause you lack attention
It’s because you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious
If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better
Get Earl the Hooded Sweater, whatever his name is to help you put together
Some words, more than just two letters”

In the same song, he threatens Joe Budden:

“Somebody tell Budden before I snap
He better fasten it
Or have his body bag get zipped
The closest thing he’s had to hits
Is smacking bitches”

On the title track, he makes reference to Chance the Rapper and calls out Drake, referring to his ghostwriting scandal:

“Put me on a track, I go cray on it like a color book
You got some views, but you’re still below me
Mine are higher so when you compare our views you get overlooked
And I don’t say a hook unless I wrote the hook”

On “The Ringer,” Eminem shares his distaste of Lil Yachty:

“Get this fuckin’ audio out my audio, adios
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”

And later in the same track, dismisses mumble rap and mentions Lil Pump and Lil Xan:

“Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne
I should aim at everybody in the game, pick a name
I’m fed up with being humble
And rumor is I’m hungry
I’m sure you heard rumblings
I heard you wanna rumble like an empty stomach
I heard your mumbling but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo
The era that I’m from will pummel you”

On “Not Alike” featuring Royce, Eminem comes for Machine Gun Kelly, for his 2012 tweet about his daughter:

“But next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne if you wanna come at me with a sub-machine gun
And I’m talking to you but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly
I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss
But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie”

Aside from rappers, Eminem also references Donald Trump and Mike Pence on the track “The Ringer.” The Trump lines suggest that the President sent the Secret Service to investigate the rapper, potentially after his 2017 BET freestyle where he dissed the president:

“‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service
To meet in person
To see if I really think of hurtin’ him
Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists”

If true, that wouldn’t be the first time the Secret Service looked into Eminem. Back in 2003, they investigated the rapper after he dropped the song “We As Americans” which included the line “I’d rather see the president dead,” to see if it constituted a threat against George Bush.

Later in the track, Eminem references Vice President Mike Pence:

“While I take my ballsack and flick it like a light switch
Like vice-president Mike Pence”

Now, here are the best Eminem songs of all time.

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