Kamikaze

Album: Kamikaze (2018)
Charted: 16

Songfacts®:

  • A kamikaze is a person or thing that behaves in a wildly destructive manner; this song finds Eminem crashing into his critics. The Detroit rapper especially goes after those who tore into his previous album Revival. So angry is the MC that his album was so poorly received, he even compares Revival to his 2005 song "Fack," which is widely viewed by his fans as the worst track he's ever recorded.

    Okay, how do I say this? (fack, fack, fack)
    Last year didn't work out so well for me (fack, fack, fack) (fack last year)


    Eminem goes on to reference his reckless strategy of dissing all his detractors. During World War II, Japanese Kamikaze pilots would crash their planes in enemy naval vessels to destroy them, and themselves. The Detroit rapper is going to take down everyone he hates, well aware it might damage him.

    Kamikaze pilot, I wrote my suicide note
    Here come the guys in white coats tryin' to stop me
  • Eminem also dips his toes into the Drake ghostwriting accusations that have been festering since Meek Mill accused Drizzy of not writing his verse on their "R.I.C.O." collaboration.

    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


    Note how Eminem astutely slots Drake's 2016 Views album title into his verse.
  • Kamikaze was Eminem's ninth consecutive #1 on the UK Official Albums Chart, making him the act with the most successive chart-toppers. The rapper previously shared the record with Led Zeppelin and ABBA, who held it jointly for 36 years with a run of eight unbroken #1s apiece.

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