Photo: C Flanigan/WireImage Just when you thought the summer of surprise albums had run its course, in swoops Eminem at the eleventh hour for one (hopefully) last shock to the system. On Thursday night, with no warning, he released his tenth album, Kamikaze, mere months after his last album, Revival (remember that?), seemingly as a corrective to all its predecessor’s flaws. The 13-song album was produced by Dr. Dre and features Jessie Reyez, Royce Da 5’9”, Joyner Lucas, Little Dragon and … Bon Iver … and Kendrick Lamar? Or does it? Let’s dive into everything you need to know to get you through Eminem’s latest, including how it pays homage to the Beastie Boys, attacks his critics, and deals with Trump. You’ll notice Kendrick Lamar has a writing credit on “Greatest,” not because he contributed any new lyrics, but because Eminem interpolates “HUMBLE.” Playboi Carti and Lil Uzi Vert are also credited songwriters because its hook interpolates ““wokeuplikethis*.” The album artwork is a full re-creation of the Beastie Boys’ 1986 Licensed to Ill cover, even down to the petty hidden messages. The Beastie Boys’ Boeing 727 had “Eat Me” written backwards on it, Em’s has “Suck It,” “FU 2,” and… Read full this story
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