Kamikaze is the tenth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on August 31, 2018 by Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, and Shady Records without prior announcement. The album features guest appearances from Joyner Lucas, Royce da 5'9", Jessie Reyez, and uncredited vocals by Justin Vernon. Eminem, credited as Slim Shady, and Dr. Dre served as executive producers, while production for individual tracks comes from a variety of musicians.
Following the polarizing reception of his previous album, Revival (2017), music journalists debated over whether the rapper's relevance and ability were waning. In response to the criticism, Eminem released a remix of the song "Chloraseptic" in January 2018 with 2 Chainz and Phresher. Kamikaze represents a continuation of this response, containing various insults against critics and rappers alike. The artwork is an homage to Beastie Boys' debut album, Licensed to Ill (1986). The album was promoted with three singles: "Fall", "Venom", from the 2018 movie of the same name, and "Lucky You", as well as a supporting tour.
Kamikaze received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised it as a step-up over his previous album, as well as an aggressive return to form, while others criticized its lack of adaption to the current state of hip hop. The album generated some controversy for its diss tracks about various artists, as well as spurring accusations of homophobia. The record reached number one in 15 countries, becoming Eminem's tenth consecutive number-one album in the United States, and later becoming the best-selling hip-hop album of 2018. It later received double platinum certification in the US, among other countries.
Label: Aftermath Entertainment 00602577094927
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Hip Hop
A1 The Ringer
A3 Lucky You
A4 Paul (Skit)
A6 Em Calls Paul (Skit)
A7 Stepping Stone
B1 Not Alike
B4 Nice Guy
B5 Good Guy
B6 Venom (Music From The Motion Picture)