I was as excited as I've been for a while when I discovered that Eminem had dropped an album out of nowhere. The initial song, The Ringer, had me confident that Em had just released the project people had been crying out for after Revival. The album went on to blow me away with Mr. Matthers' usual unique blend of goofy and hard lyricism but now combined with some verging-on-trap beats and a variety of impressive flows.
Some of the highlights included Lucky You with a Joyner Lucas feature for which I hadn't even dared to hope - Joyner is up there with J.I.D as new artists deserving of everybody's attention. Not Alike is Royce's first feature on an Eminem album since The Slim Shady LP and despite my high expectations I was still blown away.
Em went in hard on his critics, including a myriad of other artists, and much of this album walked the line between being both introspective but with a healthy dose of the Slim Shady cockiness we've come to love. With Machine Gun Kelly slaughtered and many of the mumble rappers left in no doubt as to how he feels about their level of skill, of lack thereof, it seems Eminem is backing to give little care as to who he offends.
Ultimately I was left even more hype after my first listen through the album as before it, which is saying a hell of a lot. What Eminem pulled off here while he "tried not 2 overthink this 1" is incredible. This is a project that solidifies him as my favourite artist of all time.