Guess who’s back?… American rapper Eminem surprised fans on Friday by dropping a new album titled “Music To Be Murdered By”. The album featured a strong anti-gun violence theme. It also stoked the kind of controversy that brought him fame.
On the album, one track called “Darkness” tells the story of a loner going on a shooting spree. Meanwhile, another song, “Unaccommodating,” triggered outcry and muddied the veteran singer’s call for gun control.
The rapper also released Friday a video for “Darkness” that featured audio and footage from the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. That was the deadliest US gun massacre that an individual in modern history carried out.
It ends urging viewers to register to vote. The closing text reads: “Make your voice heard and help change gun laws in America.”
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Watch the official music video for “Darkness” below.
The song references the 2017 deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Britain, which left 22 people dead.
“But I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” the 47-year-old artist, born Marshall Mathers, raps on the track.
The lyric was met with scorn on social media. Some users even dubbed it “disgusting” and “trash.”
The new album, “Music To Be Murdered By”, features appearances from late rapper Juice WRLD. It also features Q-Tip, Ed Sheeran, Anderson Paak and regular collaborator singer Skylar Grey. Dr. Dre is credited throughout as a producer.
Eminem released his last album, “Kamikaze”, in 2018 in a similar sudden fashion. The album also included several attacks on President Donald Trump.
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