Eminem turned the internet upside down on Thursday night when he unleashed a surprised thirteen-track album called Kamikaze. The album comes less than a year after the critically maligned Revival, and sees Em reclaim his throne as the legendary wordsmith that fans have come to know him for over the years.
As such, the Kamikaze rollout, and the numerous rappers that Em disses on each track, has led to a number of hilarious reactions and memes on Twitter.
Many of the tweets focused on the fact that Eminem appears to be back after stumbling with Revival. Some fans are overjoyed to see the “old Em” rattling off clever bars again, while others are chastising listeners for not thinking that he’s been putting out good music since his 2009 return.
“So @Eminem got his hands on all these these infinity stones I guess, cuz he’s just randomly killed half the music industry,” wrote one user, comparing him to the villain of Avengers: Infinity War.
Another tweeted out: “We should all write bad reviews on kamikaze to piss eminem off more so he drops another fire album next year.”
Another recurring meme on Twitter was inspired by the fact that Eminem dissed nearly every current rapper in the mainstream, including Drake, Chance The Rapper, Lil Pump, Joe Budden, Lil Yachty, Machine Gun Kelly and Tyler, The Creator. One of the most notable verses that Eminem drops is on the track, where he criticizes the state of rap and the new generation of Soundcloud emcees.
Machine Gun Kelly responded to Em’s disses with a diss track of his own titled “Rap Devil.” He goes after Em’s “weird” beard and criticizes him for being out of touch with current rap culture. Give it a listen below.
“Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne / I should aim at everybody in the game, pick a name,” he spits. “I’m fed up with being humble / And rumor is I’m hungry / I’m sure you heard rumblings / I heard you wanna rumble / like an empty stomach / I heard your mumbling but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo / The era that I’m from will pummel you.”
While some humor came from the fact that Em is considered a much better lyricist than these rappers, and therefore shouldn’t have to worry about a response track, other memes were inspired by the fact that Em named a few rappers as exempt from his attack. The select few who the Detroit legend apparently supports are Joyner Lucas, who appears elsewhere on Kamikaze; Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and J. Cole.
“That’s what it’s comin’ to / What the f*ck are you gonna do, where you runnin’ to? ,” he aggressively raps. “I’m gonna crumble you and I’ll take a number two / And dump on you if you ain’t Joyner / If you ain’t Kendrick or Cole or Sean then you’re a goner.”
Other rappers have already posted their thoughts on Kamikaze. Hopsin, an artist who’s never been shy to own his Eminem influence, was ecstatic about being referenced in a positive manner. “Yo, craziest sh*t just happened,” he said in a video. “Eminem just said my f*cking name on his song on his new album. This sh*t is crazy! I didn’t even know he knew who I was! I gotta call my mom…”