From Drake to Donald Trump, Eminem takes aim at 13 notable people on his surprise drop, ‘Kamikaze’.
On Friday August 31st, Eminem dropped a new album with no warning, sending the hip-hop corner of the internet into meltdown. Shady’s return is a no holds barred, yet slightly excessive tirade of disses against notable figures within and outside the rap world.
Executive produced by Dr.Dre, with Ronny J, Tay Keith and IllaDaProducer amongst the producing credits, Em launches the record with “I feel like I want to punch the world in the fucking face right now.” Setting the tone from the off, the Detroit star begins.
We counted and Kamikaze features 13 notable call-outs, from Drake to Donald Trump.
Here are the 13 people Eminem disses on surprise album Kamikaze
Track: The Ringer
Who? Why?: Lil Yachty is an American rapper, born from the class of Soundcloud. It seems that Em is a little frustrated by 2018 mumble rap, and Yachty takes the full brunt of this.
The Diss: “I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me though/Not even dissin’, it just ain’t for me” on ‘The Ringer’”.
Lil Pump and Lil Xan
Track: The Ringer
Who? Why?: Continuing to vent his frustrations at mumble rap, Em takes aim at Lil Pump and Lil Xan, for sporting face tattoos akin to Lil Wayne’s.
The Diss: “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 bumblings/I heard you wanna rumble like an empty stomach/I heard your mumbling but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo”.
Charlamagne tha God
Track: The Ringer (you spotting the theme here)
Who? Why?: Charlamagne tha God is an American radio and TV star. Having criticised some of Eminem’s latest releases, it was kinda coming.
The Diss: Charlamagne gonna hate anyway/Doesn’t matter what I say/Give me Donkey of the Day”
The Diss 2: Eminem also pops at Charlamagne on Fall: “You’d swear to God I’ve forgot I’m the guy that made “Not Afraid”/One last time for Charlemagne/If my response is late, it’s just how long it takes/To hit my fuckin’ radar, I’m so far away”
Track: … The Ringer
Who? Why?: The President of the United States of America. Eminem offered his thoughts on Trump via his 2016 release ‘Campaign Speech’. If anyone was going to take a hit on this record, it’s Trump.
The Diss: “But I think it’s workin’/These verses are makin’ him a wee bit nervous/And he’s too scared to answer me with words/’Cause he knows that he will lyrically get murdered/But I know at least he’s heard it/’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”.
Track: Not Alike
Who? Why?: Lawrenceville American hip hop trio Migos are the next to receive hate for their flow. On “Not Alike”, Em takes aim at Migos chart-hit “Bad and Boujee”, spitting a load of random words. He really does hate mumble rap.
The Diss: “Brain dead, eye drops/Pain meds, cyclops/They bed, iPod/Maybach, my bach/Trainwrecks, sidewalks/Pay less, high-tops/K-Fed, iHop/Playtex, ice spots”
Machine Gun Kelly
Track: Not Alike
Who? Why?: American rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly had previously cited Eminem as one of his biggest influences. However, after tweeting about Eminem’s daughter, he received significant backlash and was banned from various media outlets. It is fair to say Em didn’t appreciate this and has taken the opportunity to bite back.
The Diss: The most vulgar of Eminem’s disses, we’ll leave you to check the track out.
Who? Why?: You know. Bar-spitta, hard-hitta. Whilst the two have collaborated in the past, Eminem unpacks Drake’s ghostwriter scandal on Kamikaze.
The Diss: “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 the hook unless I wrote the hook”
Who? Why?: Rapper and broadcaster Joe Budden recently featured on frtyfve, after Spotify exclusively signed The Joe Budden Podcast to its service. Despite having been a big fan of Eminem in the past, Budden altered his stance last year, describing Eminem’s ‘Untouchable’, “one of the worst songs [he’s] ever heard”.
The Diss: “Somebody tell Budden before I snap, he better fasten it/Or have his body baggage zipped/… continues into more vulgarity”.
Who? Why?: Akademiks is Joe Budden’s co-host on the first season of hip-hop debate show Everyday Struggle. He described Eminem’s previous record ‘Revival’ as “trash”.
The Diss: “And don’t make me have to give it back to Akademiks/Say this shit is trash again, I’ll have you twisted like you had it/when you thought you had me slippin’ at the telly/Even when I’m gettin’ brain, you’ll never catch me with a thot”
Tyler, The Creator
Who? Why?: Tyler is a rapper and the co-founder of hip-hop collective Odd Future. After describing Eminem’s tune “Walk On Water” as “horrible”, he was sure to feature on Kamikaze.
The Diss: The least impressive of all of Eminem’s insults, the rapper has come under huge scrutiny for calling Tyler “a f**got”.
“Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a f**got, bitch/It’s not just ’cause you lack attention/It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sac-rilegious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better”. Justin Vernon’s anger at this track has led to him disowning his guest spot on “Fall”.
Who? Why?: Earl Sweatshirt is a rapper and member of Odd Future. He’s probably come under fire for his link to Tyler (above).
The Diss: “Get Earl, the Hooded Sweater, whatever his name is to help you/put together some words, more than two letters”
Who? Why?: American rapper and producer Lord Jamar has a long-term rivalry with Eminem, so this doesn’t come as a surprise.
The Diss: “And as far as Lord Jamar, you better leave me the hell alone/Or I’ll show you an Elvis clone/Walk up in this house you own/Brush my pelvic bone”
Whilst trying to remain relevant, “Kamikaze” is outdated in both style and sound. Like an angry teen trapped in a middle-aged body, Eminem rants his way through a long 45 minutes of contradicting and archaic slurs. Despite calling out Trump, terms like “retarded” casually fuel hate in a painfully similar way to the President. Shady is lost.
There are moments of magic; shifts in flow on “Normal” remind us why we loved Eminem. Maybe this was all a plan to encourage a mass media sturr. Sadly, it falls so short of what makes a good modern hip-hop record that those receiving blows from Kamikaze have just laughed.