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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 280
  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. Sep 1, 2018
    10
    Eminem really got back to his old self. I didn't really like Revival and rated it less than 5. However, this album is possibly top 3 best ofEminem really got back to his old self. I didn't really like Revival and rated it less than 5. However, this album is possibly top 3 best of his album. He comes out, disses people, spits fire, got rhymes, flow and speed. It feels like he really let "Slim Shady" out on this one. Beats are by Dre which is noticeable. Also, Marshall put down his heart in this which made it feel more genuine and well made, which wasn't as obvious for Revival - which only had 1 or 2 "Okay" tracks. All 13 tracks are great, even though 2 are skits. This album is worse than the Eminem Show and Marshall Mathers LP put on par with the Slim Shady LP. Recovery and MMLP2 are close too, but let's be honest, Eminem shot way above expectations after Revival. I believe this album could become the album of the year - all tracks are great and relevant. The only thing lacking, for me, is a laid-back passive-aggressive track such as Marshall Mathers or I'm Back, even something like Say goodbye to Hollywood or Headlights (beat wise) would have been amazing. Otherwise 10/10 album. Expand
  3. Jan 23, 2020
    10
    This album was a great comeback, revival wasn’t the worst either but could have been better still good though, amazing music. The track withThis album was a great comeback, revival wasn’t the worst either but could have been better still good though, amazing music. The track with Joyner was awesome Expand
  4. Sep 1, 2018
    10
    The real slim shady has stood back up. While I appreciate the redeeming tracks on Revival like Castle and Arose, there was just somethingThe real slim shady has stood back up. While I appreciate the redeeming tracks on Revival like Castle and Arose, there was just something missing. With this, it's like he's been aware of all the criticisms of people saying he's too positive, working with pop stars, etc. So he rewound the clock, and brought back the angst. And my ears are pleased. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2018
    9
    Liked 10 out of the 13 song songs of the album. 2 being skits and the song itself being ****
  6. Sep 4, 2018
    8
    His best album since Recovery (which I would give a 7/10). Beats are great, hes angry, hooks are good. Great gym album as well.
  7. Jul 23, 2019
    0
    All these 10 are fake probably or just dumb kids, who love to listen to fast lyrics without knowing the meaning of them. Criticizing otherAll these 10 are fake probably or just dumb kids, who love to listen to fast lyrics without knowing the meaning of them. Criticizing other rappers won't make you the best rapper alive, and all those critics are just out of context and free, you're just complaining about your "Revival failure". The Eminem Show, was a great album, Marshall Mathers, was a great album, but this, this is just bad. Expand

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