Eminem Releases First Video From Kamikaze

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After the surprise release of his new album Kamikaze, Eminem has dropped the video for first single, Fall.

With many people calling the new album a return to form for the rapper, the video is a self-aware piece, featuring Slim acknowledging the criticism he attracted online for his last album, 2017’s Revival.

After footage of Eminem scrolling through endless tweets and social media messages on his phone, such as ‘Revival is dead on arrival’ and ‘Will the old Slim Shady please come back?’, the rapper gets out the car, drops his phone on the ground and seems to go on a night time journey of self-(re)discovery.

As a sinister being emerges from his phone and proceeds to haunt Slim, the rapper does everything he can to escape.

Check it out:

Announcing the album last week, Eminem wrote on Twitter:

Tried not 2 overthink this 1… [sic]

And although the message in the video for Fall isn’t exactly overthought – he literally falls over a lot, social media=bad etc. The track and video together show a newfound acceptance of the past and a refreshing step forward for Marshall Mathers.

The step forward also includes crushing a CD of his last album Revival.

However, the track isn’t without its fair share of controversy. As is becoming more and more common these days, Eminem uses the track to diss other rappers. Most notably, in this track, the 45-year-old takes aim at Tyler, the Creator.

On the track Eminem raps:

Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f****t, b*tch, It’s not just ‘cause you lack attention, it’s ‘cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious.

The line has sparked outrage online due to its homophobic language, with a number of prominent figures and other musicians criticising Slim for the line.

Dan Reynolds, of Imagine Dragons, took to Twitter to say:

It’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate. I don’t care what year you were born in or what meaning it has to you.

if it contributes to hate and bigotry then it is hateful. period. there is never an ok time to say the word f****t I don’t care who you are. [sic]

The new track also features vocals by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Since the surprise release of the track, however, Vernon has distanced himself from it, disagreeing with its message and lyrical content.

Vernon said:

Was not in the studio for the Eminem track… came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it.

He added later:

Eminem is one of the best rappers of all time, there is no doubt. I have and will respect that. Tho, this is not the time to criticize Youth, it’s the time to listen. To act. [sic]

It is certainly not the time for slurs. Wish they would have listened when we asked them to change it [sic]

While Eminem has never shied away from using his music to call out other rappers, it seems his choice of language this time has drawn more criticism than usual.

Despite this, the rapper is still on track to break a 36-year-old UK chart record, with what looks to be his ninth consecutive number one album.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.