Eminem drops surprise album Kamikaze

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Eminem dropped a surprise album overnight

Eminem has surprised fans by dropping his latest album, Kamikaze, online overnight.

Across 13 tracks the Detroit rapper hits out on everyone from Donald Trump to Harvey Weinstein and Tyler, the Creator.

It comes just a year after his comeback album, Revival, and he cryptically tweeted to say he “tried not to overthink this one”.

The album doesn’t shy away from tricky topics during its 45 minute run-time.

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Twitter post by @Eminem: Tried not 2 overthink this 1... enjoy. ?#KAMIKAZE Out Now -  Image Copyright @Eminem

Accusations start from the very first song, with The Ringer featuring claims that after his attack on President Donald Trump last year, he “sent the Secret Service” to meet him and assess whether he’s a threat or not.

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He also says of Trump: “I empathise with the people this evil serpent sold the dream to that he’s deserted.”

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Twitter post by @jesskalynch: eminem SNAPPED on 'the ringer' #kamikazeImage Copyright @jesskalynch

Eminem also has no problems tearing down some of the rappers who have held the spotlight during his time away, including Lil Pump, Lil Xan and Lil Yachty.

Other, more established artists like Tyler, the Creator and Machine Gun Kelly are described with a few choice words too.

The track featuring the Tyler diss has been criticised by fans, as it uses a homophobic phrase.

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Twitter post by @sillyolddaniel: I'm really really wound up by the fact none of this Eminem coverage mentions the fact he's STILL using homophobic slurs in his music [censored, reversed whatever it's about INTENTION], with some headlines even MENTIONING TYLER but not the actual slur?Image Copyright @sillyolddaniel

It is unclear whether the lyric is referencing Tyler, the Creator’s own description of his homosexuality, as it is a phrase he has used himself in the past, or whether Eminem is hitting back by rapping the word.

Eminem has previously defended using the word and in 2013 he said “in Detroit the word was used freely… it was more like calling someone… a punk”.

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Twitter post by @Lance210: What artist you know that drops an album without saying a word about it and its #1 trending in less than 30 mins? ? @eminem is a rap godImage Copyright @Lance210

Revival, his album which came out last year, is also referenced as he criticises the press for giving it poor reviews.

The album, which came out in December, was too early to reflect on much of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and Me Too era, but Eminem makes up for lost time in Kamikaze.

On the track Not Alike, he uses references to “bathrobe” and “roleplay” whilst calling the disgraced movie producer by his name in rap flow.

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Twitter post by @aayoub: New album from ⁦@Eminem⁩? Why not? This is a solid surprise. #313 #GOAT  Image Copyright @aayoub

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Twitter post by @SonicOnAir: Dude. EMINEM is murdering mumble rappers ? Image Copyright @SonicOnAir

The album, which features artwork not dissimilar to Beastie Boys’ 1986 album Licensed to Ill, has been largely met with a positive response from fans on social media.

Many have compared Kamikaze to Eminem’s earlier albums The Eminem Show and Encore, saying The Slim Shady is back.

Not everyone has been positive about the album though, with some saying they refuse to support his condemning of the president, while others accused him of trying to fit in with newer rappers.

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Twitter post by @jmannarino5: Remember, don’t support Eminem anymore. The man hates America and told us quite candidly last time that all Trump supporters should not support him. Don’t even stream his album as that counts toward chart position! #Kamikaze needs to flop like his last records. Awful rapper!Image Copyright @jmannarino5

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Twitter post by @KristyLauren4: @Eminem you were so unique and real now you’re like trying to fit in or something or kill your career? (Kamikaze) can’t say I’m a fan of this “new” you #bringbackoldeminem #kamikazeImage Copyright @KristyLauren4

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