Before he ever shook hands with Dr. This, after all, was a nasally white rapper from Detroit with a rhyming dictionary and a taste for horrorcore. If you ran the simulation a thousand times, it would never spit out the actual results: the tens of millions of records sold, the merchandising and the Academy Award and the million little cottage industries. But Music to Be Murdered By , released without warning last week, is defined by a certain kind of defiance, and even a peculiar integrity. On both songs, the younger performer sounds freer and looser than the headliner, but each ranks among the most effective cuts.
It was released with no prior announcement, in a similar fashion to his previous studio album Kamikaze The album was produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre , amongst other producers. It features guest appearances from Young M. The album was supported by two singles: " Darkness " and " Godzilla ". Alongside the album's surprise release, Eminem also released the music video for "Darkness", which revolves around the Las Vegas shooting from the point of view of the perpetrator Stephen Paddock alternating with Eminem's own. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard , selling , album-equivalent units in its first week.
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On his 11th album, all the old enemies are present: the women who do him wrong, the family members who messed him up, the rappers you may or may not remember he has beefs with, the annoying fans, the haters, and, most important, the self-immolating man in the mirror. He does seem to have thrown a little more intellectual, thematic, and emotional elbow grease into this record. Eminem piles on movie references, calling on everything from Reservoir Dogs to Rocky to 8 Mile.