Kamikaze (Eminem album)

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Kamikaze
A painting of the rear end of a jet with graffiti about Eminem on it. It is very similar to the artwork of the debut album of Beastie Boys, Licensed to Ill.
Studio album by Eminem
Released August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
Recorded January–August 2018
Studio Effigy Studios, Detroit, Michigan, United States[1]
Genre Hip hop
Length 45:49
Label
Producer
Eminem chronology
Revival
(2017)
Kamikaze
(2018)
Singles from Kamikaze
  1. "Fall"
    Released: September 14, 2018

Kamikaze is the tenth studio album by American rapper Eminem.[2] Previously unannounced, the album was released on August 31, 2018 by Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, and Shady Records.[3] The album features guest appearances from Joyner Lucas, Royce da 5'9", Jessie Reyez, and uncredited vocals by Justin Vernon. Eminem, credited as Slim Shady, and Dr. Dre served as executive producers, while production for individual tracks comes from a variety of musicians. It was met with generally positive reviews from critics, but generated some controversy for use of a homophobic slur and several diss tracks. The album topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Recording and release[edit]

On January 8, 2018, Eminem unexpectedly released a remix to his Revival song, "Chloraseptic", featuring 2 Chainz and Phresher. In the song, Eminem mocked critics of Revival, concluding "I just added to the fuel in my rocket pack, till I'm ready to respond then I'ma launch it at 'em... I'll be back..." On January 22, 2018, photos revealed Mike Will Made-It in the studio with Eminem and Dr. Dre.[4] During the Revival sessions, S1 tried to work with Eminem but he refused; the producer kept sending him beats to use on future tracks that the rapper incorporated into Kamikaze songs.[5] The afternoon before Kamikaze's release, Eminem posted a 15-second teaser of a new song on social media, featuring the logo for the film Venom,[6] without comment.

On August 31, 2018, he released the album to digital music stores and streaming services without any promotion or pre-announcement, unlike the extensive marketing done for Revival.[7] Billboard credits the success of the surprise release to Beyoncé's self-titled fifth studio album released in December 2013 without any promotion or pre-announcement, which was a critical and commercial success, ultimately changing the global release day for music from Tuesday to Friday.[8] The album was sold on his website in several formats, including bundled with merchandise such as apparel.[9] Eminem used social media services such as Instagram and Twitter to announce the release[2] and has relied on the extensive feedback from diss tracks and Internet hype to spread word of the album.[10]

Although he had no marketing prior to the debut,[11] Eminem had previously debuted freestyle rap "The Storm"[12] at the 2017 BET Awards using similar lyrics to the eventual title track[13] and he directly referred to his experience performing it on "The Ringer".[14] He debuted a clothing line featuring "The Kamikaze" t-shirt the month prior.[15] Producer Illa da Producer sees the album as similar to The Slim Shady LP in terms of its ferocity, rather than the subdued Revival.[16]

American singer Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, whose vocals were uncredited on the song "Fall", disavowed his participation in the album, claiming that he was not in the studio when the recording was made.[17] A music video for "Fall" was released on September 4, 2018, addressing criticism of Revival.[18] The music video was directed by James Larese,[18] who previously directed the music videos of "Framed" and "Caterpillar". A second video was released for "Lucky You" on September 13, 2018.[19]

Artwork[edit]

Eminem in military gear rapping into a microphone
Eminem in 2014, sporting dog tags and a patrol cap; the military imagery is reproduced on the artwork for Kamikaze

The full album cover, front to back, features fighter pilot, LT. Mathers III, intentionally crashing an F-86 Sabre fighter jet into an unknown object. The artwork appropriates the cover design of the 1986 Beastie Boys album, Licensed to Ill;[1] Eminem has cited them as an inspiration for several years[20] but did not give the band any prior consultation for the cover homage.[21] Promotion for the album featured the same artwork in full, including the Eminem logo with added Japanese writing, neither of which was included on the album cover design made by Mike Saputo.[22]

Promotion for the album track "Venom" featured the logo from the motion picture Venom. The "E" in "VENOM" was replaced with the "Ǝ" character Eminem frequently uses on artwork.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.4/10[24]
Metacritic62/100[23]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[25]
Consequence of SoundB−[26]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[27]
Exclaim!6/10[28]
The Guardian3/5 stars[29]
NME3/5 stars[30]
The Observer3/5 stars[31]
Pitchfork5/10[32]
PopMatters7/10[33]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[34]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 62, based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[23] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gives the album 5.7 out of 10.[24] Aja Romano of Vox called the album Eminem's best in years, citing a return to the rapper's old school sound after deviating with Revival.[35] Ed Power of The Daily Telegraph also compared this album to Revival, calling Kamikaze a "high-kicking, low-punching riposte", indicating it is a better release.[27] Similarly, A. D. Amorosi of Variety sees the album as similar to Eminem's earlier work, stating, "[his] voice hasn't sounded quite so cranky, silly, impassioned or enraged since his early days"[36] and for XXL, Scott Glaysher calls the album a revisit of the Slim Shady persona.[37] For Consequence of Sound, Dedrick Hendrix gave the album a B−, summing up, "As a whole, the album may not be impeccable, but it’s the best he's released since 2010."[26] M. Oliver of PopMatters summed up his review, "Kamikaze is Slim Shady at his midlife best; slightly less deviant, not quite as funny—but revived, nonetheless" and gave the album seven out of 10.[33] Kitty Empire wrote for The Observer that Eminem is in "full rabid underdog mode" at a time when hip hop MCs are more relaxed, giving the album three out of five stars.[31] At HipHopDX, Trent Clark gave the album a 3.9 out of five, contrasting the work with Revival and denying this is a return to form, summing up, "After being faced with nothing to prove as the highest-selling rapper of all-time, Eminem’s found another challenge in perfecting the new style he’s put on display".[38]

In a more critical review, Stephen Kearse of Rolling Stone gave the album 2.5 out of five stars, situating Eminem in contemporary hip hop by writing, "Eminem has no insights or ideas about the state of rap, nor does he have meaningful thoughts about his place within the genre. He probably doesn’t even have a Spotify account. He raps only for the sheer thrill of hearing himself rap."[34] In The Atlantic, Spencer Kornhaber addresses both comparisons with Revival and current hip hop stars on Kamikaze stating, "Really, though, Eminem is waging a war over aesthetics, and Kamikaze is a better listen than Revival because its concision confirms Eminem's value as an entertainer... Certainly it's refreshing that in a genre especially obsessed with statements of dominance, Eminem doesn't disguise his feelings of irrelevance. He does, however, try to claim his influence."[39] The Hollywood Reporter's Jonny Coleman considered the album an "epic fail" and described it as "the work of an aging artist trying, and failing, to remain relevant by acting out."[40] In Billboard, Charles Holmes said Eminem "tries to stop [his] artistic decline by blaming everyone except himself," and concluded, "Eminem was once a titan of hip-hop, but he never owned it [...] The world and rap might not need Eminem or Slim Shady anymore, but it could do with a little more Marshall."[41] In The New Zealand Herald, Siena Yates praised Eminem for "technically flawless flows and cheeky wordplay" as well as "a thrilling command of cadence" but gave the album three out of five stars because, "He's just not saying much and what he is saying smacks of ignorance and someone reaching for relevance in a world he's hellbent on rejecting. It's not fun, informative, challenging or entertaining, it's just a lot of technical skill and angry fist-shaking."[42] The Guardian's Alexis Patridis gave the album three out of five stars and commented on Eminem's generational difference with current hip hop stars, summing up, "...if you're going to listen to a middle-aged white man complain that hip-hop isn't as good as it used to be, that [sic] it might as well be Eminem."[29]

Exclaim!'s Riley Wallace cited the anger of Eminem's early work, unnecessary homophobia, and the shortcomings of Revival in a middling review of 6/10: "Angry, reactionary Em is nothing new. Though his skill is absolutely unmatched, homophobic references and overly misogynistic bars in 2018 do feel excessively out of touch. It's not his best or his worst—but, it's definitely what fans deserved eight months ago."[28] For Pitchfork, Marc Hogan gave the album five out of 10, writing, "[Eminem's] career has become an exhausting feedback loop, and Kamikaze flies straight into that downward spiral", criticizing it as "yet another empty, intermittently tone-deaf onslaught of technical rap prowess and humorless juvenilia from an artist who once controlled the zeitgeist with ease" but praising his technical skills as a rapper and clever lyricist.[32] In NME, Dan Stubbs gave the album three out of five stars, saying that Eminem is out of step with trends in hip hop by writing, "there's a sense Eminem struggles with the modern world" but stating that "there are plenty of moments... that remind us of Em's greatness".[30] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic also emphasized Eminem's technical ability and lack of inspiration: "As sheer performance, Eminem's vocals remain a thing of wonder, which is why it's so dispiriting to hear him circling the drain, relying on old tricks instead of expanding his worldview. He has the musical skills to mature; he's just refusing to let himself act his age."[25] In Spin, Jesse Fairfax criticized the tenor of the album, writing "Eminem's defensiveness seems to preclude whatever reckoning he could otherwise have with any creative shortcomings that may have led him here".[43] NPR's Rodney Carmichael suggested that the album is a parody writing, "[Eminem] may be going out with a cliché bang on Kamikaze, but he hasn't sounded more like himself in years", summing up his review with the critique, "Kamikaze may not be a success on the surface. But Eminem has inadvertently succeeded at making himself the butt of his biggest joke yet. It's so funny he forgot to laugh."[44]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Kamikaze opened at number one on the Billboard 200 with 434,000 album-equivalent units,[45] consisting of 252,000 traditional album sales as well as 225 million streams, giving Eminem his largest amount of streams within a week.[46] It became his ninth consecutive number-one album in the country, tying him with Garth Brooks and The Rolling Stones for fifth-most entries to top the chart, and had the year's third-highest first-week sales in the US as well as the fourth-highest overall opening.[47] He also topped the Artist 100 chart due to album sales and song streams.[48] The album dropped one place to number two in its second week behind Paul McCartney's Egypt Station, earning an additional 136,000 album-equivalent units.[49]

The album also entered atop the UK Albums Chart on September 7 with first week sales of 55,000 album equivalent units, including 30,000 album-equivalent streams, making Kamikaze the United Kingdom's fifth-most streamed album in an opening week.[50][51] As a result, Eminem surpassed Led Zeppelin and ABBA for the most consecutive albums to reach the nation's summit,[50] with nine.[52] It was also the top album in Scotland.[53] The following week, the album retained the top spot, with 51% of its consumption coming from streams.[54]

It additionally debuted at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart, giving Eminem his ninth number-one album in Australia[55] (where it stayed for two weeks)[56] and the Canadian Albums Chart, becoming Eminem's 10th number-one album in Canada after debuting with 44,000 album-equivalent units.[57] Other international charts that it topped include Austria,[58] Belgium (Flanders only;[59] it reached third in Wallonia[60]), the Czech Republic,[61] Denmark, Finland,[62] Ireland,[63] Italy,[64] the Netherlands,[65] New Zealand,[66] Norway,[67] Sweden,[68] and Switzerland;[69] it retained top spot in Ireland the following week.[70] Kamikaze debuted at sixth in France, fourth in Germany,[61] eighth in Hungary, and fifteenth in Spain;[71] after one week, it rose to second in Germany, and twelfth in Spain.

On streaming music service Spotify, five tracks from Kamikaze were in the top 10 of the week of September 4, including the top two spots.[11] At the iTunes Store, three songs were in the top ten and Kamikaze topped the album charts in the first week of release.[72] The album had the fifth-strongest opening week for streaming in the United Kingdom with 30,000 equivalent units.[73] "Lucky You" represents the first time that Eminem has topped the Streaming Songs Chart from Billboard.[74]

All eleven songs entered the Billboard Hot 100,[75] with "Lucky You" and "The Ringer" hitting the Billboard Hot 100 at numbers six and eight.[76] He is the fifth artist to debut two songs in the top 10 simultaneously.[77]

Controversy[edit]

Kelly making devil horns with one hand and holding a microphone in the other
Eminem's diss of fellow Midwestern rapper Machine Gun Kelly resulted in the response song "Rap Devil".

Throughout the album, lyrics criticize other musicians[78][79] and several have responded publicly.[80] American rapper Machine Gun Kelly released a diss track in response to "Not Alike", titled "Rap Devil" on September 3;[81] both songs were produced by Ronny J.[82] Kelly continued the feud at a concert, calling it "a battle between the past and the fucking future".[83] "Rap Devil" topped the iTunes Chart on September 10, 2018.[84] The song's title refers to Eminem's "Rap God" and Eminem went into the studio days later to record his own response,[85] as did former D12 associate Bizarre.[86][87] Eminem responded with "Killshot" on September 14.[88] Ja Rule responded on social media, re-igniting a feud the two had 15 years prior.[89] 6ix9ine, Iggy Azalea,[90] Joe Budden,[91] Die Antwoord,[92] Lupe Fiasco,[93] and Lord Jamar[94] have also responded publicly, with the first releasing the skit "Legend" that raps over Eminem's "Lose Yourself".[95] Artists including 50 Cent[96] and Remy Ma[97] have come out in support of Eminem.

Musicians have criticized Eminem's use of the slur "faggot", including Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, calling the rapper's language "hateful"[98] and Troye Sivan;[99] additionally, guest vocalist Justin Vernon distanced himself from the collaboration due to the message.[100] Critics have also objected to the slur, such as Mikelle Street of Billboard, who wrote, "Eminem needs to be held accountable for using homophobic slurs (again)," further adding, "the idea that listeners are too "soft" for critiquing the ways in which rappers weaponize the identities of others against them ignores how hip-hop is a reflection and arbiter of culture."[101] Matt Miller of Esquire relates his use of the term to previous homophobic lyrics and calls it the "biggest problem" of the album.[102] The BBC's Jimmy Blake summed up the first week of objections to Eminem's language and questioned if it is time for him to retire.[103] Eminem later apologized in his "Kamikaze Interview" with Sway Calloway posted to his website: "In my quest to hurt him, I realize I was hurting a lot of other people".[104]

In response to allegations that "Not Alike" sounds similar to Bhad Bhabie's "Hi Bich", she has responded that she takes the comparison as a compliment.[105]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing for Kamikaze[22]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Ringer"
5:37
2."Greatest"
3:46
3."Lucky You" (featuring Joyner Lucas)
  • Boi-1da
  • Illa da Producer
  • Eminem
  • Jahaan Sweet
4:04
4."Paul" (Skit; performed by Paul Rosenberg)Paul RosenbergEminem0:35
5."Normal"
  • Swish Allnet
  • Illa da Producer
  • LoneStarrMuzik
  • S1
3:42
6."Em Calls Paul" (Skit)MathersEminem0:49
7."Stepping Stone"
  • Mathers
  • L. Resto
  • Mario Resto
  • Eminem
  • L. Resto
5:09
8."Not Alike" (featuring Royce da 5'9)
4:48
9."Kamikaze"
  • Eminem
  • Suby
3:36
10."Fall"
  • Mike Will Made It
  • Eminem
4:22
11."Nice Guy" (featuring Jessie Reyez)
  • Ball
  • S1
  • Eminem
2:30
12."Good Guy" (featuring Jessie Reyez)
  • Eminem
  • Illa da Producer
2:22
13."Venom" (Music from the Motion Picture)
  • Mathers
  • L. Resto
  • Eminem
  • L. Resto
4:29
Total length:45:49

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

Reyez holing a microphone onstage
Canadian pop singer Jessie Reyez guests on two tracks

Technical personnel

  • Swish Allnet – production on "Normal"
  • Fred Ball – production on "Nice Guy"
  • Boi-1da – production on "Lucky You"
  • Tony Campagna – recording on all songs
  • Dr. Dre – executive production
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardner – mastering
  • Illa da Producer – production on "The Ringer", "Lucky You", "Normal", and "Good Guy"
  • Jeremy Miller – production on "Greatest"
  • Tay Keith – production on "Not Alike"
  • LoneStarrMuzik – production on "Normal"
  • Mike Will Made It – production on "Greatest" and "Fall"
  • Ronny J – production on "The Ringer" and "Not Alike"
  • S1 – production on "Normal" and "Nice Guy"
  • Mike Saputo – art design, art direction, and illustration
  • Joe Strange – recording on all songs
  • Mike Strange – recording on all songs, mixing
  • Tim Suby – production on "Kamikaze"
  • Jahaan Sweet – production on "Lucky You"

Charts[edit]

Sales chart performance for Kamikaze
Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[109] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[58] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[59] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[60] 3
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[57] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[61] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[110] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[65] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[62] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[111] 6
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[112] 2
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[113] 8
Irish Albums (IRMA)[63] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[64] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[66] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[67] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[53] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[71] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[68] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[69] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[51] 1
US Billboard 200[47] 1

Certifications[edit]

Sales certifications for Kamikaze
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[114] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Album formats and release dates
Region Date Format Label
Various August 31, 2018
September 7, 2018 CD[115]
TBA Red camouflage vinyl LP
Red cassette tape

See also[edit]

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