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Review: 'Kamikaze' combines new and old Eminem styles

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Eminem surprised fans with album “Kamikaze" on Aug. 31.

Eminem’s last album, “Revival,” didn’t sit well with the public, with many conscious songs about politics, the state of America and his mental state. Despite this, Eminem will always be a favorite of mine because of his ability to play with words and switch up the flow on a dime.

This album disses Eminem’s critics and offers a beat fans can bob their heads to while he reclaims his fan base.

Eminem’s first track, “The Ringer,” wastes no time addressing several issues.

This track is notable because of how minimalistic the beat is compared to his other songs.

He disses the new style of mumble rap saying, “If you ain't Kendrick or Cole or Sean then you're a goner.” He also takes shots at Charlamagne tha God and Donald Trump.

On the second track, “Greatest,” Eminem features Slim Shady.

Slim Shady uses a fast flowing beat with a multi-syllabic rhyme scheme to show people that he in fact is the greatest.

He offers his expected lyrical genius with, “float like a butterfly, I'm gonna sting like a bee.”

He also catches the listeners' attention when he says, "You ain't harmin' a thing….But like a wedding band, you gotta be diamond to even climb in the ring, an anomaly, I'm Muhammad Ali.”

The chorus kills the beat, but pauses between the chorus and the next verse save it.

One song that connects with listeners is “Stepping Stones.”

In the song, Eminem raps about his old rap group, D12, and how he feels guilty for using the group to raise his popularity. He also mentions that there was turmoil in the group after Eminem’s group member, Proof, died in 2006. He then addresses the jealousy he felt from his group when he was riding in fame. Eminem apologizes for using his old group as a stepping stone and says his goodbye to D12.

“Not Alike” featuring Royce Da 5’9” proves this duo is a hit when both rappers combine their sense of humor.

We see their sense of humor at work when Eminem imitates Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” flow in the beginning of the song. We also hear Eminem mock mumble rappers as he repeats the same lyric three times in a row followed by random ad-libs.

It is clear Royce feels the same way about the state of hip-hop as he states, “Y'all music sound like Dr. Seuss inspired it.”

Out of the 11 songs on the album, there are five songs that keep on giving and three songs that require a certain mood to listen to. The others listeners can skip.

Eminem addresses that his last album wasn’t well-received, but as he mentions in the “Chloraseptic Remix," “I draw inspiration out of hate.” Eminem can celebrate because this album combines a good mix of Slim Shady and his newer style of rap.

entertainment.ed@ocolly.com