Eminem included an unexpected sample on his surprise album Kamikaze.
After much speculation from fans, producer Illadaproducer confirmed to Rolling Stone that the track "Good Guy" features a sample from the video game Kingdom Hearts, which features a crossover of various Disney and Final Fantasy characters.
"That’s me doing my video game thing. Kingdom Hearts. It’s a Japanese videogame, and that’s the theme song from it," he said. "It’s one of the dopest melodies I’ve ever heard. Shout out Japanese videogames and Japanimation for inspiration. Filtered it, did some chops, did some processing to it."
"I basically made it unrecognizable, but I know they would have still found it. That’s why we had to deal with the clearance. But when I do anything I try to make it to where it’s not fully recognizable."
The album credits further confirm that the sample is taken from "Simple & Clean" by Japanese singer Utada Hikaru, the English language version recorded for international releases of Kingdom Hearts.
Kamikaze, co-produced by Dr Dre, consists of 13 tracks and includes a song recorded for the forthcoming superhero film Venom which stars Tom Hardy. Its artwork was inspired by The Beastie Boys, serving as a homage to their album Licensed to III.
One of Kamikaze‘s tracks lasts for just under a minute. It’s a voicemail with his music manager Paul Rosenberg who asks Eminem: “Are you really going just to deride everybody who, you don’t like what they have to say about you or the stuff you’re working on? I don’t know if that’s really a great idea.”
Indeed, Kamikaze is loaded with shots at other people, notably those who criticised his previous album, Revival, which was released just eight months ago.
Charlamagne Tha God, Machine Gun Kelly, Joe Budden, Lil Yachty are among the many he skewers on his tenth record. Tyler, the Creator – an outspoken fan of Eminem’s – is also mentioned, with Eminem directing a homophobic slur at the Odd Future rapper. The use of the word generated a vast amount of criticism from listeners.
The full track listing of Kamikaze is below:
“Lucky You” (featuring Joyner Lucas)
“Paul – Skit”
“Em Calls Paul – Skit”
“Not Alike” (featuring Royce Da 5’9′)
“Nice Guy” (featuring Jessie Reyez)
“Good Guy” (featuring Jessie Reyez)
“Venom” – Music from the Motion Picture
Kamikaze is available to listen to on Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.
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