• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2018
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  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. Sep 4, 2018
    80
    Kamikaze may not be flawless, but it comes closer than he has in years.
  3. 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.
  4. Sep 7, 2018
    78
    Fans clamoring for the old Marshall Mathers should stream the old album or hell, rent it from the library or something. After being faced with nothing to prove as the highest-selling rapper of all-time, Eminem’s found another challenge in perfecting the new style he’s put on display.
  5. 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.
  6. Sep 6, 2018
    70
    Kamikaze is Slim Shady at his midlife best; slightly less deviant, not quite as funny--but revived, nonetheless.
  7. 70
    Kamikaze is the sound of Eminem with his back against the wall, and this has led to some of his most invigorated writing in years--albeit with some troubling lyrical results. Whether he'll be able to maintain this level of energy into his next project is up for debate; for now though, any inspiration is promising.
  8. Sep 6, 2018
    67
    As a whole, the album may not be impeccable, but it’s the best he’s released since 2010.
  9. 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.
  10. Sep 4, 2018
    60
    Though his skill is absolutely unmatched, homophobic references and overly misogynistic bars in 2018 do feel excessively out of touch. It's not his best or his worst--but, it's definitely what fans deserved eight months ago.
  11. 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.
  12. 60
    Despite its delivery, Kamikaze is very resolutely an old-fashioned album: 45 minutes and 13 tracks long.
  13. 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.
  14. Sep 4, 2018
    50
    Ultimately, Kamikaze’s length and curtailed guest list make it less grueling than Revival, but Eminem’s indignant grandstanding has no discernible relation to the rap world he complains about.
  15. Sep 7, 2018
    40
    As sheer performance, Eminem's vocals remain a thing of wonder, which is why it's so dispiriting to hear him circling the drain, relying on old tricks instead of expanding his worldview. He has the musical skills to mature; he's just refusing to let himself act his age.
  16. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 1387 Ratings

User score distribution:
  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
    0
    In utter disbelief at some of the reviews this has been getting. Same old same old from Eminem as of recently. Cool, he raps fast. Ha haIn utter disbelief at some of the reviews this has been getting. Same old same old from Eminem as of recently. Cool, he raps fast. Ha ha lyrics so funny. So hard so cool. Give me a break. He's lost it and it ain't coming back. Full Review »
  3. Aug 31, 2018
    8
    Eminem is back with a response album after the utterly disappointing and infamous Revival. He is certainly more hungry and hits the mark moreEminem is back with a response album after the utterly disappointing and infamous Revival. He is certainly more hungry and hits the mark more often than not this time around. Eminem is at his best writing with his back against the wall. However people should be able to criticize revival which Eminem clearly hasn't understood, u don't have to be a hater to understand revival is wack.

    Anyways Eminem tries to drop multiple bombs on his Kamikaze mission, most are funny and hit the mark while some fall flat and feel unjust. The Tyler diss was uncalled for, he is probably not offended by the slur, but Tyler deserves more respect than "Tyler create nothing" flower boy was a masterpiece miles better than revival. Tyler called out revival but previously defended relapse, Em seems weak.

    But all in all em blasts through with much better beats and production values, putting more or less the choppy robotic flow aside, and puts his heart into dropping lyrical bombs and entertaining hardcore fans. To say that Eminem won't make any new fans after this is an understatement. Props to em for bringing the old skits back, and i liket that he addressed the D12 inner circle beef in stepping stone.

    Favorite tracks: Kamikaze, The Ringer, Stepping Stone, Fall, Lucky you

    Least favorite: Venom(although it is for a soundtrack), Normal, Good/Nice guy
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