From Drake to Donald Trump: Here's Everyone Eminem Takes Aim at on 'Kamikaze'
Shortly after midnight Friday (Aug. 31), Eminem dropped his Kamikaze album without any sort of warning to the hip-hop community. Fans were sent into an overnight frenzy thanks to Shady's fiery return, and he made sure not to hold anything back, sending haymakers at those he felt had wronged him in the past.
The lyrical assassin has heard all of the opinions and is ready to move past his middling Revival project. Em calls on a diverse group of producers to lay down his sonic foundation for the 13-track project, enlisting Ronny J, Tay Keith, Mike WiLL Made-It, Boi-1da, Fred Ball, IllaDaProducer, and more. Kamikaze is executive produced by Dr. Dre.
"I feel like I want to punch the world in the fucking face right now," the Detroit native angrily lashes out to kick off the album. Eminem doesn't mince his words when he attacks a plethora of figures inside and outside of rap, including Drake, Lil Pump, Joe Budden, Machine Gun Kelly, Donald Trump, Charlamagne Tha God, Tyler, The Creator, and more.
Take a look at all of Eminem's targets on Kamikaze below.
"Get this fuckin' audio out my Audi yo, adios/ I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me, though." - "The Ringer"
Lil Boat is the first prominent rapper to fall within the crosshair of Em. The 45-year-old understands why people could be fans of the Atlanta native that's less than half his age, but makes sure to let you know he won't be bumping his bubblegum trap anytime soon.
Lmao me personally I️ think it’s fye Eminem took a shot at me.. I️ fuck wit Eminem— Underdog (@lilyachty) August 31, 2018
Lil Xan & Lil Pump
"Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne/ I should aim at everybody in the game, pick a name/ I'm fed up with being humble." - "The Ringer"
Eminem continues to eviscerate those he believes fall under the mumble-rap generation. Shady calls out Lil Xan and Lil Pump as carbon copies of New Orleans legend Lil Wayne. Weezy's influence on the emerging generation of MCs is undeniable, as the self-proclaimed greatest rapper of all-time dominated popularity while carrying the genre for much of the previous decade.
Charlamagne Tha God
"'Aw, man! That BET cypher was weak, it was garbage/ The Thing ain't even orange -- oh my God, that's a reach!.....' Charlamagne gonna hate anyway/ Doesn't matter what I say/ Give me Donkey of the Day." - "The Ringer"
Charlamagne Tha God has made it clear he's not a fan of Eminem's recent work. He referred to his scathing 2017 BET Awards freestyle as "borderline wack," in addition to trashing Revival. Shady had to feel a certain way about the brash radio personality's comments since he brings him up multiple times on "Fall" and "The Ringer." The Breakfast Club co-host admits that he just can't find a way to relate to Em's rhymes these days.
"'These verses are makin' him a wee bit nervous/ And he's too scurred to answer me with words/ 'Cause he knows that he will lyrically get murdered/ But I know at least he's heard it/ Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service/ To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin' him/ Or ask if I'm linked to terrorists." - "The Ringer"
Eminem hasn't been shy about voicing his issues with Donald Trump and his time in the Oval Office. Back in 2016, Em heavily criticized 45 for eight minutes on "Campaign Speech" and later followed up his Trump hate train the next year at the 2017 BET Awards during his excoriating freestyle. President Trump has yet to publicly respond to the Detroit-bred rapper's comments publicly.
Machine Gun Kelly
“Now you wanna come and fuck with me, huh?/ This little cock-sucker, he must be feeling himself/ He wants to keep up his tough demeanor, so he does a feature/ Decides to team up with Nina/ But next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne if you wanna come at me with a sub-machine gun/ And I’m talking to you but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly/ I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss/ But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie." - "Not Alike"
Machine Gun Kelly has long been complimentary of Eminem as one of the figures in hip-hop who inspired him to pick up a pen. Back in 2012, MGK ruffled the feather of Em when he tweeted that his daughter, Hailie, was “hot as fuck.” He even claims that Eminem has banned him from any more appearances on his Shade 45 channel on SiriusXM.
Tyler, The Creator & Earl Sweatshirt
"Tyler create nothin', I see why you called yourself a f----t, bitch/It's not just 'cause you lack attention/It's 'cause you worship D12's balls, you're sack-religious/If you're gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better/Get Earl the hooded sweater, whatever his name is to help you put together some words, more than two letters." - "Kamikaze"
Tyler, The Creator also feels the wrath of Eminem on "Kamikaze" alongside his Oddfuture compatriot Earl Sweatshirt. The Flower Boy rapper was severely critical of what we assume to be Eminem's "Walk On Water" collaboration with Beyonce. "Dear god this song is horrible sheesh how the fuck," Tyler tweeted when the song was released back in November of last year. Shady has come under fire once again for his continued use of homophobic slurs in rhymes.
dear god this song is horrible sheesh how the fuck— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2017
“You got some views, but you’re still below me/ Mine are higher, so when you compare our views, you get overlooked/ And I don’t say the hook unless I wrote the hook.” - "Kamikaze"
The pair of superstar rappers have only linked up on "Forever" back in 2009. Eminem shrewdly implements Drake's 2016 Views album title into his verse and subliminally takes shots at Drizzy's rumored ghostwriting. The 45-year-old lets it be known that the only way he ends up rapping a hook is if he's the one that actually thought of or wrote the bars.
"Somebody tell Budden before I snap, he better fasten it/ Or have his body baggage zipped/ The closest thing he's had to hits is smacking bitches." - "Fall"
Joe Budden and Eminem maintain a complicated relationship even though Budden is still signed to Shady Records. When Joe was a co-host of Everyday Struggle on Complex last year, he was left with no choice but to be honest about his disapproval when it came to Em's Revival album.
The artist born Marshall Mathers originally responded to Joe on his "Chloraseptic (Remix)" and followed up with some strong accusations disparaging Budden's character on his 38th birthday. The Slaughterhouse member asserted this week that he's "not close" with Eminem during a radio interview with The Breakfast Club.
"Ain't no mistakes allowed, but make no mistake I'm 'bout/ To rape the alphabet, I may raise some brows/ If I press the issue just to get the anger out/ Full magazine could take staples out." - "The Ringer"
During an interview with Pitchfork, Vince Staples made sure to get some jokes off at Eminem's dispense regarding his 2017 BET cypher. The Long Beach native dubbed the freestyle as "trash" and "could have been better" before Shady's diehard fanbase heard about Staples' comments and went after him on social media. The former D-12 frontman responded to Vince's comments in his cover story with Complex. "I don't really trip off people critiquing what I do," he claims. Here, the wordsmith lets Vince know that if he slips up once again, there could be major consequences to follow.
“And as far as Lord Jamar, you better leave me the hell alone/ Or I’ll show you an Elvis clone/ Walk up in this house you own/ Brush my pelvic bone.” - "Fall"
Eminem and Lord Jamar have enjoyed a longstanding feud. The producer made headlines during an interview back in 2014 where he stated that Em "was no different" than Seattle native Macklemore. He also oddly credited Em for "worshipping black emcees" while growing up. Jamar also had a puzzling take on Eminem's BET cypher. "If Eminem wanted HIS FANS & TRUMP to hear him, then why go on BET? He know damn well WHITE PEOPLE don't fuck wit BET," he wrote.
"And don't make me have to give it back to Akademiks/ Say this shit is trash again, I'll have you twisted/ Like you had it when you thought you had me slippin' at the telly/ Even when I'm gettin' brain, you'll never catch me with a thot." - "Fall"
Notorious internet personality and Everyday Struggle co-host DJ Akademiks also found his way into an Eminem rhyme. Ak was another one of the media members who deemed Revival "trash." He also took the bait into reporting on the clip of Eminem and a mystery woman in a hotel room, which ended up being used as a trailer for "River." Em funnily flips the trailer against Ak, who was exposed by a woman that filmed him asleep in bed with her at the top of 2018.