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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: 12 out of 206
  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
    Best Eminem album in a hot minute! Blinding lyrics, perfect cadence, incredible energy, and whole lot of name of dropping. 3rd best EminemBest Eminem album in a hot minute! Blinding lyrics, perfect cadence, incredible energy, and whole lot of name of dropping. 3rd best Eminem album ever imo. Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2018
    10
    The Rap God is back with a vengeance. This album is incredible, Em works his magic, bar after bar of brilliance on top of great beats. All ofThe Rap God is back with a vengeance. This album is incredible, Em works his magic, bar after bar of brilliance on top of great beats. All of the disses aside, this is just a fantastic album for Eminem fans and hip hop fans alike. If you have any appreciation for the art form, this is the GOAT back in tip top shape. Give it a couple of listens, the replay-ability is great, always catching something you didn't before. Great surprise! Expand
  4. Aug 31, 2018
    10
    I don't understand! Why you people goes ''Ah ı don't like the new album, he is so overrated **** and mainstream bla bla bla'' this is a notI don't understand! Why you people goes ''Ah ı don't like the new album, he is so overrated **** and mainstream bla bla bla'' this is a not funny. This is stupid. Eminem's career never opening to discussion **** Stay back! Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2018
    9
    Some great tracks coming from one of the best rappers ever. Some really catching songs with incredible rhymes.
  6. Aug 31, 2018
    8
    Although personally I didn't hate "Revival", I still think Em needed a return to form, especially after how unfocused "Revival" was,Although personally I didn't hate "Revival", I still think Em needed a return to form, especially after how unfocused "Revival" was, thankfully, "Kamikaze" does exactly that.

    The opening tracks have some really solid rapping abilities and great wordplay with the lyrics, especially THE opener; "The Ringer" with great brag rap and critical of the double standards of criticism and mumble rap, and has an incredible flow. And leads into the incredibly fast track "Greatest", which criticized all of the rapper who have achieved "so much" when in reality all they have done is over-saturate their content into the mainstream, which ALSO leads into "Lucky You" with Joyner Lucas, with Lucas infuriated that he doesn't have any mainstream awards, even though he's arguably the best out of the breakout rappers lately, with Em switching it up and talking about although he's arguably the greatest, he's being ignored by the mainstream in favor of the **** mumble rap we have today, and with, again, an incredible flow and speed from both artists.

    Next is a Paul Rosenberg skit, which has Paul concerned over Em about the subject of the album, and asking if he doesn't get his way, if he'll do the exact same thing for the next album, and after the next song, Em responds with an angry call and actually going to a Yahoo user's house because he didn't understand a part of Revival, both of which are funny as hell.

    Anyways, between those skis include a song named "Normal" which Em goes into account as to why he can't have a normal relationship, but goes into conclusion that he's also the same and will always have to deal with it.

    But, after the second skit, comes an emotional song called "Stepping Stone", which delves into Em's relationship with D12, why he feels bad for them, but also why he feels some resentment against them. In the end, he calls to their fans that D12 is indeed over, but at the end of the day, everybody in D12 still love each other and are still friends.

    This next song, actually goes direct with Em's criticism with mumble rap, by taking the beat to "Look Alive" and mimicking the Migos flow and the "Bad and Boujee" hook and having Royce da 5'9" provide a verse that's incredible at him failing to understand why mumble rap is so popular, which is supported by Em's verse as he calls out many rappers, including Lil Xan, Lil Yachty, and others who ride off of other rappers' success or are too afraid to go deep into the genre, overall, a great song.

    The title track, "Kamikaze" goes over Em's reaction and everybody else's reaction to the reception of "Revival", going as far as comparing to "FACK", which is widely regarded as Em's worst song. However, the execution is a bit off, as the beat is pretty bad, and although a catchy hook and a solid flow, I feel as if the lyrics could've been better, but, overall, not a terrible song. The next song "Fall" continues with this tone, but he also calls out other rappers such as "Tyler the Creator", whom he actually calls a **** which has been met with some dumb backlash online for no reason, especially considering that, A. Em CENSORS the line, even on the explicit version, and, B. Em has said "WORSE" things with the word **** so, to say the very least, people are overreacting. The beat, though, again, isn't stellar, but the flow and lyrics are much better than the previous song.

    The next two songs: "Nice Guy" and "Good Guy" both feature a "duet" of sorts with Jessie Reyez, with "Nice Guy" being sluggish as hell with insufferable vocals from Reyez, and one of Eminem's worst performances (Excluding most of "Relapse"). The subject matter is actually good, though, as it focuses on Em's struggle with relationships despite being as good as he can. "Good Guy" is, thankfully, much better, with a better performance from both artists, with the same general subject matter, though with better writing, flow, and overall execution with the production as well.

    Unfortunately, the closing track; "Venom" (the title track from the Marvel movie of the same name) isn't all that good, with less than stellar performance from Em, and non-interesting subject matter of being the best, with decent wordplay and good production, far from terrible, but it's just average to bad.

    Overall, though, a great album from Em, with an inspiration in his vocals that we haven't seen in a while (save for "Nice Guy" and "Venom"), amazing rap speed and wordplay, (again, save for "Nice Guy" and "Venom"), great features, (AGAIN, save for "Nice Guy"). and funny as hell skits that don't come so abundantly, this album is a great return to form, rivaling the quality of "Recovery", my main complaint has to be the production, which sounds clunky and lazy. But, again, a great album that I recommend you listen to.

    Best Songs: Greatest, Not Alike, Lucky You, Stepping Stone, Normal, the Paul skits.
    Worst Songs: Nice Guy, Kamikaze, Venom.

    Rating: 8/10
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  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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