Eminem likes to keep fans on their toes so in honour of their patience, he decided to blessed the world with a new album. The rapper dropped Music to be Murdered By
shortly after midnight on Thursday and it features 20, count 'em, 20 tracks. Stan, we stan.This isn't Marshall Mathers' first surprise release. In 2018, he dropped Kamikaze
without warning, and it was filled with some tricky topics during its 45-minute run time, dissing Trump right from the get-go, before he moved on to other artists like Tyler, the Creator, Machine Gun Kelly, Vince Staples and Earl Sweatshirt. Music to be Murdered By
, on the other hand, features Eminem collaborating with the likes of Q-Tip, Ed Sheeran, Young M.A, Skylar Grey and most notably, Juice WRLD, who is featured in the track, "Godzilla." It was Eminem's only time working with the late "Lucid Dreams" rapper, who died in December at the age of 21. And Em walks back his shady words about Tyler and Earl on "No Regrets," rapping
, "Thinking I run sh*t/Misplacing my anger enough to give Earl and Tyler, the Creator the brunt/Should've never made a response, should've just aimed for the fake ones and traitorous punks."[video_embed id='5374181061001']RELATED: Eminem's daughter Hailie is killing it[/video_embed]While the cover of Kamikaze paid homage to the Beastie Boys' iconic Licensed to Ill
album, Eminem takes a different route with Music to be Murdered By
, the cover of which is inspired by
Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 album, sporting the same name and artwork. Additionally, the Psycho
director can be heard in the album's outro, simply titled "Alfred."
And because an album isn't enough, Em also released a video for "Darkness," the eighth track. It details a shooting at a concert, as well as actual audio and footage from the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017. As the video ends, it asks people to register to vote. "Make your voice heard and help change gun laws in America."
A similar topic is touched on in "Unaccommodating," where he references the bombing in Manchester that same year, that killed 22 people following an Ariana Grande concert, though some think the lines, "I'm contemplating yelling 'bombs away' on the game/Like I'm outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting," are "pointless"
and way too soon.Grey, who co-wrote Eminem's 2010 hit with Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie," and worked on "I Need a Doctor" with Dr. Dre and "C'mon Let Me Ride," appears on "Leaving Heaven."Sheeran guests on "Those Kinda Nights," but the artists have worked together twice before. Ed was featured in Eminem's 2017 song "River," and in return, Em guested on Ed's 2019 track "Remember the Name" along with 50 Cent.There may not be a major radio hit among the 20 tracks but Eminem no longer makes music for that purpose, if ever. Over the years, he's almost never bent to the trends in the industry and he's certainly not about to start now. He'll simply rap on at breakneck speed.Eminem was most recently in the news after Nick Cannon reignited their feud
and some diss tracks were exchanged. As far as we know, Mariah's ex-husband is not mentioned in the new album and 2020 is already better because of it.[video_embed id='1877313']BEFORE YOU GO: This baby might have the most infectious laugh you'll ever hear[/video_embed]