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The rapper’s latest is the increasingly familiar sound of a man being eaten alive by his own anger. How many of us often succumb to something similar?
“How could you possibly find anything redeemable about Kamikaze?” she asked. “And how could you recommend any Christian every listen to Eminem?” I thought for a second. My wife had a point.
Encounter - Eminem - Locker - Classmate - Rapper
My first encounter with Eminem happened while I was standing at my high-school locker. A classmate walked past repeating the rapper’s obnoxious introduction from 1999’s The Slim Shady LP: “Hi, my name is...” Later that year, a speaker at school chapel singled out Eminem (along with Limp Bizkit and Destiny’s Child) as one of the bad artists we should definitely never listen to.
There was no denying it. Em’s lyrics were vulgar, the skits corny, and the grudges petty. With last month’s surprise release of Kamikaze, not much has changed. Last year, Jay-Z turned over a new leaf on 4:44, which includes these lines: “This f*** everybody attitude just ain’t natural.” With an album cover featuring the tail of a bomber that reads, “FU-2,” Kamikaze is Eminem doing the exact opposite. “Smash into everything / Crash into everyone!” he declares on “Kamikaze.” It’s Eminem contra mundum once more—against a world that has come to be made in his likeness.
Album - Ringer - Beginning - Eminem - Release
The album opens with “The Ringer,” the perfect beginning to Eminem’s cathartic release. He delivers his lines like rounds of ammunition as he guns down fellow rap artists: “If I press the issue I could get the anger out (brrr) / Full magazine could take Staples out ...You mention me, millions of views, attention in news / I mention you, lose-lose for me, win-win for you.” He also targets the lack of originality in today’s rappers by doing a bit of his own mimicry, affecting Migos’...
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