“If I was half as good as I was, I’m still twice as good as you’ll ever be.”
-Eminem on “Premonition (Intro)
Currently, there aren’t too many artists that are afforded the luxury of being able to release an entire full-length project with no warning what so ever. Come to think of it, there aren’t even many legacy acts that can release albums in this matter. Being active for well over 20 years now, a lot of us can agree that Eminem has had a project or two that have stuck with us during our upbringing. As of late, he hasn’t been getting the recognition that he deserves, due to the lackluster outing we received on his 2017 album Revival. Feeling dismayed by the responses of that album, Eminem came right back in 2018 with the surprise album Kamikaze in which he strayed away from the pop sound of the last album and went back to more of his Hip-Hop roots. Better critically received this time, yet still received some backlash for his means of dedicating the entire album replying those who dissed him over the years. Here we are in 2020 and Eminem seems to put the nail in the coffin and is really returning to his Slim Shady ways on his newest album Music To Be Murdered By.
Making a callback to Alfred Hitchcock and paying homage, Eminem recreated the album cover and used the same title as Alfred did. As far as the content, Eminem provided a great mix of what all Eminem fans will enjoy here, which is pretty hard to accomplish. Trying to please everyone especially music fans can either go really great or go really horribly–but what Eminem was able to accomplish on this project all while satisfying many avenues of his fans is something to be appreciated here. Songs like “Unaccommodating” feat. Young M.Agives fans a glimpse of what Eminem would sound like on a more modern style of production, while not sounding like a reach. On “Godzilla”, Eminem recruits the late and great Juice WRLDon this one. It only felt right after hearing Juice WRLD rap endlessly over only Eminem beats on Tim Westwood TV. “Stepdad” is where Em gives a bit more introspection speaking of his troubled past, and “I Will” is where Eminem provides the world with a reunion of Slaughterhouse(minus Joe Budden).
At this point in Eminem’s career, it’s very clear that he has nothing to prove–for he has been solidified in Hip-Hop as one of the greatest lyricists of all time. It’s still nice to receive albums like this from legacy acts just to show how they can still remain relevant and show that their pen is intact after so many years.
Stream the latest release from Eminem below!