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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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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 179
  1. Sep 10, 2018
    10
    My favorite track is Lucky You. Joyner and Eminem is like a match-up made in heaven
  2. 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.
  3. Sep 6, 2018
    10
    The lyrics, production, and musicality are all on point. This is one of Eminem's best albums
  4. Sep 1, 2018
    10
    Straight fire.
  5. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    Love the prods, it is notably better than Revival.
    Slim Shady strikes again.
  6. Sep 7, 2018
    9
    It is funny to see "critics" are not liking this album solely on the grounds that it's not too "poppy". Granted, the hooks are not forIt is funny to see "critics" are not liking this album solely on the grounds that it's not too "poppy". Granted, the hooks are not for everybody and some need a deep subject matter. What is impossible to deny is that Eminem continues to be the best wordsmith of our times. His lines carry two, sometimes three contexts at the same time, he's extremely crafty when it comes to rhyming schemes.

    Really hope he brings up the overall musicality and melody in the future, that way his art can be reach even further.
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  7. Sep 1, 2018
    0
    Below average. Slightly better than Revival, but that's no accomplishment. Eminem thinks he can just rap fast and continue calling himself theBelow average. Slightly better than Revival, but that's no accomplishment. Eminem thinks he can just rap fast and continue calling himself the best. How about some meaningful lyrics or creative music behind him? No, he was never even close to the best and has quickly and consistently become one of the worst rappers in the industry. Expand

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