When Eminem dropped Kamikaze on Thursday night (August 30), everyone’s jaws dropped. From the first syllable he utters, it’s clear Shady came with guns blazing.
Album opener “The Ringer” essentially blasts all those who had anything negative to say about Shady or Revival, while several rappers caught his wrath as well.
From Machine Gun Kelly and Lil Pump to Joe Budden and Tyler The Creator, no one was off limits. For good measure, he called the 2018 BET Cypher “weak,” told Charlamagne Tha God to essentially kiss his ass, obliterated Trump (of course) and ridiculed the Grammy Awards.
Oh — and in case anyone forgot what makes Eminem a rap god, he lays it all out on “Fall” with, “I belong here, clown/Don’t tell me ’bout the culture/I inspired the Hopsins, the Logics, the Coles, the Seans, the K. Dots, the 5’9s and oh, brought the world 50 Cent.”
So, without further adieu, here are all the rappers Eminem calls out on the 13-track project.
Tyler The Creator & Earl Sweatshirt — “Fall”
“Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch/It’s not just ’cause you lack attention/It’s ’cause you jockin’ D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better/Get Earl the hooded sweater, whatever his name is to help you put together some words, more than two letters.”
Machine Gun Kelly — “Not Alike” f. Royce Da 5’9
In 2012, Machine Gun Kelly sent out a tweet saying he thought Em’s daughter Hailie was attractive and Daddy clearly didn’t like it.
“Next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne if you want to come at me with a sub, Machine Gun/I’m talking to you, but you already know who you are, Kelly/I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss/But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie.”
Drake & Chance The Rapper — “Fall”
Although he says he doesn’t do subliminals or sneak-disses, it sounds like Em could be taking shots at Drake and Chance The Rapper on “Fall.”
“Put me on a track, I go cray on it like a color book/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 a hook unless I wrote the hook.”
Joe Budden & DJ Akademiks — “Fall”
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That’s right, Joe Budden’s new podcast State Of The Culture is about to be lit. Shady calls out Budden and his former Everyday Struggle co-host Akademiks for calling Revival “trash.”
“Somebody tell Budden before I snap, he better fasten it/Or have his body baggage zipped/The closest thing he’s had to hits is smackin’ bitches/And don’t make me have to give it back to Akademiks/Say this shit is trash again, I’ll have you twisted/Like you had it when you thought you had me slippin’ at the telly.”
Lil Pump & Lil Xan — “The Ringer”
“Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne/I should aim at everybody in the game, pick a name/I’m fed up with being humble/And rumor is I’m hungry/I’m sure you heard mumblings/I heard you wanna rumble like an empty stomach/I heard your mumbling but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo.”
Lil Yachty – “The Ringer”
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Em says he’s not dissin’ but he’s dissin’.
“Get this fuckin’ audio out my audio, adios/I can see why people like Lil Yachty, but not me though/Not even dissin’, it just ain’t for me/All I am simply is just an MC/Maybe ‘Stan’ just isn’t your cup of tea/Maybe your cup’s full of syrup and lean.”
D12 — “Stepping Stones”
This one’s a little different but still worthy of a mention. “Stepping Stones” finds Em expressing regret over the dissolution of his former group D12 and making amends to Bizarre and the rest of the clan. But toward the end of the track, he firmly states, “D12 is over.”
“Still, my point is I just can’t say how sorry I am/This is not how I planned for our story to end/I love all of you, man/But I just can’t be the guy/Everybody depends on for entire careers/’Cause that’s not even fair/I will always be here/But that spark isn’t there.”
Migos — “Not Alike”
It adopts the Atlanta trio’s same style, complete with “skirt skirt” thrown around in the background. Coupled with the title, it’s not that big of a stretch to conclude it’s aimed at Offset, Takeoff and Quavo.
Lord Jamar — “Fall”
When vlad heard Eminem diss Lord Jamar pic.twitter.com/eaXhliEWmj
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The Brand Nubian MC also caught a stray bullet from Em. Lord Jamar lamented Em’s 2013 win at the MTV EMAs and said Em was no different than Macklemore in a 2014 interview with DJ Vlad.
“And far as Lord Jamar, you better leave me the hell alone/Or I’ll show you an Elvis clone, walk up in this house you own/Thrust my pelvic bone, use your telephone, then go fetch me the remote.”
Mumble Rappers — “Lucky You”
This is pretty self-explanatory. Em doesn’t hold back on his feelings toward mumble rap. He’s already dissected the topic on “Caterpillar” featuring Nickel Nine.
“Hatata batata, why don’t we make a bunch of fuckin’/Songs about nothin’ and mumble!/And fuck it, I’m goin’ for the jugular/Shit is a circus, you clowns that are comin’ up/Don’t give an ounce of a motherfuck/About the ones that were here before you to make raps, it’s recap”
All Rappers — “Fall”
When Eminem name drops you on Kamikaze for dissing him on Revival.
Should've aimed for the head. pic.twitter.com/e6CeOluqCn
— Cody / C4 (@C4CodyW) August 31, 2018
While he was at it, Em decided to take a jab at an entire generation of young rappers as well.
“These rappers are like Hunger Games/One minute, they’re mocking Jay/Next minute, they get they style from Migos, then they copy Drake/Maybe I just don’t know when to turn around and walk away/But all the hate I call it ‘Walk on Water’ gate/I’ve had as much as I can tolerate
“I’m sick and tired of waitin’, I done lost my patience/I could take all of you motherfuckers on at once/You wanted Shady? You got it!”