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Eminem surprise releases new album, "Kamikaze"

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Detroit rapper Eminem surprised the music world on Friday, Aug. 31, by releasing his 10th studio album, "Kamikaze," without any hints or announcements.

The 13-song set appeared on streaming services just after midnight. It follows the rapper's "Revival," which was released last Dec. 15 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

"Kamikaze" features guest appearances by fellow Detroit emcee Royce da 5/9", Jesse Reyez, and Joyner Lucas, with production by Dr. Dre, Mike Will Made-It, Boy-1da and others, as well as Eminem himself. The track "Made It" features a co-writing credit to Kendrick Lamar.

At the time of "Revival's" release Eminem said during a "fireside chat" on his Shady 45 SiriusXM channel that, "There's a couple of tracks that I do have that I might revisit and check them out...I'm sure at some point in the future me and (Dr.) Dre are gonna connect again and hopefully be able to be as intertwined as we were on past projects.

Dre and Made-It, in fact, were at Eminem's studio during January, according to photos Made-It posted on Instagram.

Eminem played several festival concerts earlier this year. Last weekend he filmed a pair of new videos in Detroit, presumably for tracks from the album.

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