New York (AFP)
Rapper Eminem surprised his fans on Friday by releasing a surprise album, "Music to be Murdered by", during the night, in which he expressed his desire to fight against firearms, but with remarks that carried their usual controversies.
The 47-year-old rapper, a former troublemaker of American rap who has calmed down considerably in recent years, tells in the song "Darkness" the story of a lonely man about to commit a massacre. The clip ends with a message calling on viewers to vote to toughen up the gun laws.
This is the rapper's 11th solo album which, during the first half of his career (the most successful) took malicious pleasure in shocking America with his violent and sadistic character of Slim Shady.
Another song, "Unaccommodating", however, earned him strong criticism because of his references to the bombing which targeted a concert by Ariana Grande in Manchester in 2017, killing 22 people.
In 2018, Eminem had already released a surprise album, "Kamikaze", a technique that has now become relatively common in the world of music.
That year, he also attacked the NRA, the mighty gun lobby, in one of his pieces.
The new album by the Detroit artist, once considered the best rapper in the country, includes the appearance of pop star Ed Sheeran, singer Skylar Gray, and Q-Tip, of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest.
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