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Friday, 21 September 2018

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Why Eminem’s “Kamikaze” Is One Giant Diss Track

Eminem, one of the best rappers in history (and this is not just a fan’s wishful thinking but a consensus among the greatest rappers in the world) has released a brand new album called “Kamikaze“.
This is the tenth studio album released by the rapper, launched as a surprise on August 31.

The album topped the charts in many countries (it didn’t even make it to the top 50 in Nigeria, though) from Australia to the United States but it has also generated a lot of criticism and controversy… because at times, it feels like one giant diss track.

Diss tracks have been exchanged by rappers for ages – these tracks are forms of public criticism used by many rappers to fuel their feuds with their “rivals” in the scene. With his new album, Eminem has dissed out a series of rappers but he didn’t stop there – he has a few select words for politicians, too.

Rappers dissed by Eminem

In “The Ringer”, Eminem has a few words for Vince Staples, who called his famous BET Awards freestyle “trash”, Joe Budden, who called his track featuring Beyoncé “trash”, Lil Yachty, calling him “not for me”, Lil Pump and Lil Xan for imitating Lil Wayne.

In “Greatest”, Eminem disses Ja Rule (as part of a decade-and-a-half-long feud), Token, who he called unworthy of a response.

In “Lucky You” and “Not Alike”, he disses mumble rappers in general, calling their work “songs about nothin’”, pointing out Migos, he gives Machine Gun Kelly a big dose of dissing, criticising him, among others, for “sneak-dissing” and using sublime messages.

In “Kamikaze”, he disses his fellow white rappers and Drake, in “Fall”, he has a few words for Charlamagne Tha God, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and the list could go on and on and on.

Non-rappers dissed by Eminem
This new album is not only about dissing fellow rappers. Some of the messages included on Eminem’s new album are pointed at politicians and the music industry as a whole.

In “The Ringer”, Em points a finger at the President of the United States of America, reminding him that his freestyle at last year’s BET awards at least made him – and his “sidekick” Mike Pence nervous enough for “Agent Orange” to send the Secret Service to visit the rapper.

In “Fall”, Em points a finger on Pitchfork for giving his album “Revival” five points out of ten, and the Grammy Awards for “sucking the blood” of the music industry, nominating popular artists to various awards and giving them to others instead.


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