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  • Summary: The surprise release from the Detroit rapper features guest appearances from Joyner Lucas, Jessie Reyez, Royce 5'9", and Def Jam Records president Paul Rosenberg.
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A.D.D. Life
Here we go again I don't know where to begin I'm out the door of the scene and I gotta go back in I need a life that I can plug in a wall A one... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 5, 2018
    80
    While some may feel the clap-back approach reeks of bitterness, there's no denying how skillfully Em runs through these six minutes of lyrical acrobatics. He keeps listeners more attentive than he has in quite some time with an abrasive attitude that was missing from Revival.
  2. Aug 31, 2018
    80
    At a time when hip hop has become the default music of choice for the masses, it’s a reminder of the genre’s subserve roots--and evidence that, deep into middle age, Slim Shady’s power to shock, offend and amuse endures.
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    75
    Eminem was really rapping across an entire LP again (something I’d never say elsewhere: Rihanna is not missed), stans were going to like it too much, while his inflammatory remark is sure to prevent most any of the unconverted from being able to engage with the music itself.
  4. Aug 31, 2018
    60
    Kamikaze is a variable, flawed album. The hooks are nothing special. ... When it’s on fire, however, it really crackles, blazing considerably brighter than any Eminem album for some time.
  5. Sep 10, 2018
    60
    Kamikaze finds Marshall Mathers revelling in his Slim Shady rabid underdog role, fulminating at critics, boggling at Lil Yachty, and sneering at the Migos flow on Not Alike. How riveting all this finger-wagging is probably depends upon your birth date.
  6. Sep 6, 2018
    50
    While Eminem’s verbal dexterity has remained intact, his shortcomings have grown more glaring with the passage of time. When he isn’t unleashing his id, he has, at times, veered toward power-ballad treacle.
  7. Sep 6, 2018
    40
    His skill is still intact, but his music lacks its former inspiration, and he only digs a deeper hole for himself by taking aim at the youth.

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  1. Negative: 12 out of 216
  1. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    Lyrics are as always the best in the game. I'm suprised by its release, sure I'm not the only one.
  2. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    Eminem, back on form again. Kamikaze is a great comeback from Revival, the lyrics are great, the production is the best I've seen on hisEminem, back on form again. Kamikaze is a great comeback from Revival, the lyrics are great, the production is the best I've seen on his albums in a while, and his flow is masterly. A few careers were also ruined in this album, R.I.P. This is the Eminem from the early days, confident with flow on point and a thirst for his enemy's blood. There are only 1 or 2 average or below average songs on the album which are made up for by his lyrical genius. This is by far (i.m.o) his best album in the latter half of his career. I'm looking forward to how he will continue after this masterpiece. 10/10 Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    10
    Terrific album. Eminem showcases a level of technicality that no one in rap past or present can ever emulate. He's single-handedly bringingTerrific album. Eminem showcases a level of technicality that no one in rap past or present can ever emulate. He's single-handedly bringing lyrics back to the forefront of hip hop. Expand
  4. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    If you say this album is wack, you're probably too young or too dissolved in hate to realize and comprehend the excellence this album has putIf you say this album is wack, you're probably too young or too dissolved in hate to realize and comprehend the excellence this album has put forward. Lyrics, flow, production, beat, punchlines and passion in one single album is the rarest combination you could hope for. This album does justice to this combination.
    Out of the 13 tracks, only 2 I'd say are average or below average. I'd ignore those tracks because of the others. Hip-Hop isn't dead.
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  5. Sep 1, 2018
    9
    If Revival felt like a failed attempt to stand alone against the tide of modern rap trends perverting the genre (in Eminem's opinion, mine,If Revival felt like a failed attempt to stand alone against the tide of modern rap trends perverting the genre (in Eminem's opinion, mine, and a lot of other people's), then Kamikaze is a simultaneous acceptance and subversion of said trends. This album feels much more in tune with the times than Em's last, with common production/lyrical tropes seen in many a rap hit today present in several songs, but what's most interesting is the way he manages to both sell them with a straight face and poke fun at them at the same time. The Wrath of Shady (perhaps a more appropriate, if less entertaining, title for this album), however, isn't limited purely to crap-rappers of the Lil Pump variety - music critics who can't be pleased, fickle audiences who embrace artists one day and reject them the next, and plenty more are subjected to his spittle-flying fury (as impressive on a technical, polysyllabic level as ever) for setting their expectations too high and then complaining when he doesn't live up to them. The end result is something akin to watching a grown man throwing a temper tantrum over his own fading relevancy in a rapidly evolving world, and it's absolutely fascinating to watch. THIS is the Eminem we hoped to find on Revival - profane, juvenile, and angry without losing his sense of humor - and in spilling his guts about being afraid of getting lost in the shuffle, Em is on the fast track to reclaiming his throne. 9/10

    Choice Cuts: "Greatest", "Stepping Stone", "Not Alike"
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  6. Aug 31, 2018
    8
    As a fan, I'd say it's his best work since Relapse. In terms of lyricism and production it's not quite on the same level as his first 3As a fan, I'd say it's his best work since Relapse. In terms of lyricism and production it's not quite on the same level as his first 3 albums, but definitely makes a change from the generic breakup themes (although some tracks still include a hint of this) and rock rap samples from Revival, MMLP2 and Recovery. Still has the same few tracks that lower the standard of the rest of the album, Nice Guy is a good example of this. However, The Ringer, Greatest, Stepping Stone and Venom are the most enjoyable songs I've heard from him in a while. Was also nice to see a return of the Paul Rosenburg skits. If this turns out to be his last album, which is expected, then I'm glad he went out with what we know Eminem best for - speaking his mind and showing little mercy for his critics, instead of a sub par output with Revival. Expand
  7. Nov 4, 2018
    0
    What album were those people who gave it a negative score? Kamikaze is really good, it sounds more like The Eminem Show Eminem, which is hisWhat album were those people who gave it a negative score? Kamikaze is really good, it sounds more like The Eminem Show Eminem, which is his best album in my opinion. He sounds a lot different than he did in his first album(s) where he rapped in a higher pitched voice. I like his deeper "angry" rap style of late. The diss he put down of Machine Gun Kelly in Not Alike is insane. As with a lot of things he does in his raps he's the only rapper who could do what he does and other rappers know it. Expand

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