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Eminem's New 'Darkness' Music Video Is Darker Than It First Appears: Watch

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Craig McDean

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First, Eminem gave us a surprise with the release of Music to be Murdered By. Then a shocker with the first music video from it, “Darkness.”

From the top, the camera follows the lead -- a loner in a hotel room who turns to tablets and booze to try correct his nasty paranoia.

Em raps, “I'm so much like my father, you would think that I knew him/ I keep pacin' this room, Valium/ Then chase it with booze, one little taste it'll do/ Maybe I'll take it and snooze, then tear up the stage in a few.” 

This guy is coming unstuck.

As the story plays out, we realise it’s not an autobiographical piece. It's Em's take on the night in 2017 when Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of music fans in Las Vegas, taking 58 lives (not including his own). 

“Darkness” wraps up with a compilation of news items from the many massacres that have taken place on American soil in recent years.

It’s dark. And its as powerful an anti-gun message as we’ve heard from the Rap God.

“Cops are knockin', oh, f---, thought I blocked the entrance/ Guess show time is over/ No suicide note, just a note for target distance/ But if you'd like to know the reason why I did this/ You'll never find a motive, truth is I have no idea/ I am just as stumped, no signs of mental illness/ Just tryin' to show ya the reason why we're so f---ed/ 'Cause by the time it's over, won't make the slightest difference.”

“Darkness” is the first single and music video lifted from Music to be Murdered By, Eminem’s surprise 11th studio album, which dropped at the stroke of midnight. 

Watch below.