Eminem is back and ready to crank things up in 2020 with his eleventh studio album, ‘Music To Be Murdered By’.
Taking off as his second surprise release behind 2018’s ‘Kamikaze’, this album isn’t just boxed into pop or is a straight up diss record, it’s just a record of Eminem simply doing what he does best.
The surprise release combines guest appearances from Anderson.Paak, Juice WRLD, Q Tip and Ed Sheeran.
The feisty beats produced by Dr. Dre, The Alchemist and Eminem himself, mixed alongside seamlessly elaborate wordplay that pushes an aggressiveness that will be the perfect accompaniment for your next workout session.
‘Music To Be Murdered By’ is a title borrowed from a 1985 music compilation presented by Alfred Hitchcock and if you listen carefully you’ll hear Hitchcock’s voice abruptly explaining,
“This was meant for your listening – while you are being done in.”
‘Darkness’ is one of the most controversial tracks and begins as a tender, intimate tale transforming into a more disturbing realistic account of a man committing mass murder from a Las Vegas hotel room.
The song lingers with a news voiceover reporting on the real-life mass murders throughout America, signalling the wake-up call we all need.
As we speak, ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ is creeping up for an epic history-making No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200.
Amongst the huge 20-song track list, I’ve handpicked my top 5 tunes from Eminem’s latest creation.
‘Unaccommodating’ featuring Young M.A. take things to a whole other level, the intensity of the rappers really takes you back to ‘Kamikaze’. Definitely a more ego-tinted tune, the duo articulate their distaste towards media and critics.
‘You Gon’ Learn’ featuring Royce da 5’9” & White Gold is a powerful track that stresses the importance of resilience and determination. It hasn’t been an easy journey for Royce and Eminem, as they acknowledge the complications they’ve battled on their journeys to the top.
‘Never Love Again’ on the surface appears like your typical break-up song but Eminem has used this cleverly to mask the tale of his relationship with drug abuse. A topic he hasn’t shied away from, appearing on albums ‘Relapse’ and ‘Recovery’. However, the track may also be tied to the breakup with his divorced wife.
It’s time to get your groove on with ‘Lock It Up’ featuring Anderson.Paak. This isn’t entirely the first collaboration between these two, having previously joined forces on ‘Freak’ which was briefly featured in Eminem’s movie, ‘Bodied’.
‘I Will’ featuring Joell Ortiz, KXNG Crooked & Royce da 5’9” is fuelled by a heavy almost earth-shattering bassline that just instantly gives you goosebumps, I say no more.
Need more? Go get yourself the whole ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ album HERE.