Eminem's previous album Revival
met with a mostly negative reaction from fans and critics. Calling out on the hate the record received is a trend that runs through much of Kamikaze
. On "Greatest" he references his rappers pals Denaun (Mr. Porter) and Royce da 5'9" telling him that he shouldn't take the criticism personally.Revival didn't go viral!
Denaun and Royce tell me that I should take the high road
Here, Eminem interpolates a vocal hook from Kendrick Lamar's hit single "HUMBLE.
" His flow in these two lines matches the Compton rapper's lines below:My left stroke just went viral
Right stroke put lil' baby in a spiral
The interpolation may be a reproach by Eminem for the critical praise heaped on Lamar, who many believe to be the greatest hip hop artist. However the Detroit rapper has made his reverence for the Compton MC's rap talent known and on "The Ringer
" he expresses his admiration when he spits:If you ain't Kendrick or Cole, or Sean, then you're a goner