Guess Who’s Back? Yep, it’s the one and only Slim Shady himself, Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, with a brand new album, entitled Kamikaze, and namedropping Donald Trump, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and… Bitcoin!
Eminem has stunned his fans, the music press and the media in general by dropping an album nobody knew was scheduled for release. Just as David Bowie did with his final two records, The Next Day and Black Star, nobody knew about the brand new Eminem album – his tenth – until it was in the shops and available online. Early reviews of “Kamikaze” are very good, with some critics calling it his best work in years.
Kamikaze is a Japanese word meaning “Divine Wind”, but synonymous with the Japanese pilots who in 1945 would attempt to sink US battleships and aircraft carriers by flying their bomb-laden Zero fighters directly at them at great speed in what were essentially suicide missions.
Critics believe Eminem has named his album Kamikaze because of the amount of insults he lets fly at a whole host of major figures in the Hip-Hop industry during this album, as if he wants to do as much damage as possible before crashing and burning.
Shady’s Bitcoin Reference
When it comes to critiquing US presidents on his albums, Eminem has history, particularly against republicans. He has a field day with George W. Bush, culminating with the unforgettable, relentless dirge that was “Mosh”. Recently, he released a video of himself “freestyling” against Donald Trump, and he takes numerous shots at the current president on Kamikaze.
It’s not unusual for Eminem to namedrop fellow rappers, especially those he’s beefing with. On Kamikaze, he praises Kendrick Lamar, but “disses” Drake and a the new breed of young ultra-offensive rappers led by Tyler The Creator, including Takashi 6ix9ine and the recently murdered XXXTentacion.
Eminem prides himself of keeping up to speed with current trends, and that is reflected in the mention of Bitcoin on one of the tracks on Kamikaze. On track nine of the album, “Not Alike” he raps the line:
“Remember everybody used to bite Nickel, now everybody doing Bitcoin.”
It might not seem like much, but that one line equals recognition for Bitcoin from one of the biggest icons of the 21st century. 45-year old Marshall “Eminem” Mathers has been a major star since 1999, and is often called “The Greatest Rapper Of All Time.” Based purely on units sold, there can be no argument, and he is miles ahead of the opposition, with global sales in excess of 220 million units.
Eminem has had ten US no.1 albums, with 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP selling 23 million copies, and its follow up The Eminem Show selling 21.5 million. The majority of today’s major artists are lucky if they can sell a million copies of their latest album.
Bitcoin’s Ever Increasing Public Profile
While Bitcoin has been a subject of interest to tech-heads, nerds, geeks, plus those working in finance for several years, the greater public’s awareness of the no.1 cryptocurrency had been limited. All that changed late last year, when the digital currency’s remarkable rise from a solid but unspectacular crypto with a coin value of around $900, to the ultimate symbol of “New Money” with a value just shy of $20,000, guaranteed it became a major talking point on finance platforms everywhere including CNN, CNBC, Forbes and Bloomberg.
Bitcoin’s fame would remain high during 2018, and it received namechecks on scores of TV programs including the two most popular animated shows of all time: The Simpsons and Family Guy. However, Bitcoin suffered a major fall in value in 2018, losing 70% of its worth and dropping from its December 2017 high of $19,345 to its late-June low of $5,871. At the time of compiling this article, Bitcoin is on a rather positive run, and is a healthy looking $7,222.
No matter what Bitcoin’s worth might be, as an entity it has now crossed over into the public sector, and will be spoken of by people who know very little about it. When Kim Kardashian was presented with her “first Bitcoin” in a mini-ceremony in a Las Vegas casino by crypto prankster Matthew Roszak, she looked confused, clearly not sure what it was. She briefly posted “We’ve moved onto Bitcoin!” on her Instagram page, but removed that message soon after.
Because of the symbolic, physical coin she had been given, many of her fans subsequently believed that Bitcoin was indeed a real coin.
Kanye A True Bitcoin Fan
If Kim falls into the category of people who might namedrop Bitcoin without knowing anything about it, her husband is a whole different story. Kanye West LOVES Bitcoin, cryptocurrency in general, blockchain technology, and the sheer non-conformism of the whole subculture.
In May, West famously combined lauding Bitcoin while having a dig at liberal America’s obsession with slavery when he said:
“When I saw (civil rights icon) Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, that’s when I wanted to use Bitcoin.”
He followed that with:
“It’s like all the (recent spate of) slave movies (12 Years A Slave, Django Unchained etc). Why you gotta keep reminding us about slavery? Why don’t you put Michael Jordan on the $20 bill?”
Most recently he summed up his feelings on Bitcoin on Twitter in one word: