In May 2013, Jaraee “Ray” Bryant graduated Ramapo College of New Jersey with a BA in Music. In 2016, Ray enrolled in William Paterson’s University MBA Program with a concentration in Music Management. Upon graduation, Ray plans to pursue a career in the music industry.
Rap God’s Kamikaze…. Let’s talk about it…
by Jaraee “Ray” Bryant
Eminem who is known as the “Rap God,” we’ll have to be know as the “Rap Genius” after this album.
The Release of Kamikaze
Kamikaze Album Cover
On August 31, 2018, after an 8-month hiatus, without any announcements or any promotion, Rapper Eminem released his tenth studio album Kamikaze. Most noteworthy, is the 13-track project includes production from some of hip-hop’s heavy-hitters such as Mike Will Made It, S1, Fred Ball, Boi 1da and Tay Keith. Even more there are guest appearances from Joyner Lucas, Paul Rosenberg, Royce Da 5’9”, Jessie Reyez and a sampling from Kendrick Lamar’s Humble.
Eminem has often been referred to in Hip Hop as the “Rap God,” but after this much-needed comeback we will have to revise that name to “Rap Genius.”
Unlike his previous album Revival, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records and Shady Records did not need to draft up a marketing strategy because Eminem’s lyrical attacks against his peers were more than sufficient.
Em, opens up the album with his first song titled The Ringer and takes shots at “mumble rappers” Lil Yachty, MGK, Iggy Azalea, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, radio show host Charlemagne the God and his own Shady Records signed artist Joe Budden.
In the next track, The Greatest, Em does the unthinkable, he critiques himself before others can critique him.
“Revival did not go viral,”
however, he remains
“the greatest in the world“
“best to ever do it.”
Tracks Three through Six
Throughout tracks three to six, Em continues to critiques his last album again and address controversial issues in the current state of hip-hop such as ghost-wristers and excessive drug use.
Track Seven: D12 & the untimely death of Proof
In Stepping Stone, Em opens up to his fan and discusses the rise and fall of Eminem’s rap group D12. He explains how the group dismantled and how the group’s bond was broken after the tragic death of member Proof.
Track Eight: Who said I wasn’t on Bad & Boujee?
On track eight, Em mimics rap group Migos 4x platinum song Bad & Boujee by pairing together words with no similarities:
Brain dead, eye drops
Pain meds, cyclops
Tracks Nine & Ten: More shots…more beef…
He goes on to say that all today’s rapper sounds the same and suggests that they are all inspired by Dr. Suess. The album continues to follow the same theme; Em is taking even more shot after at artists such as Tyler the Creator and Ja Rule.
Track Eleven & Twelve:
Tracks eleven and twelve Nice Guy and Good Guy talk about his relationships troubles.
Track Thirteen: Venom
The album concludes with the song Venom which is the theme song for the movie Venom.
Bop or Flop?
As an Eminem fan, this album is still a bop for me, although I would have like to see Em connect more personally with his fans in his songs rather than connecting lyrical jabs at his opponents.
Since his album release, Em has experienced global success, and from the from the looks of it the real Slim Shady is back. If you have not heard it, I recommend you download or stream it now.