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
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