Eminem sold millions of records after tapping into his childhood trauma and heartbreak. Now, the hip hop star is looking to East Asia to inspire his music.
The 45-year-old has revealed that playing a Japanese video game got his creative juices flowing while he was recording his surprise album, Kamikaze.
Video game enthusiasts may have recognised the female vocals playing the background of the song. The track credits Simple & Clean by Utada Hikaru, the intro song to the original Kingdom Hearts.
According to the Slaughterhouse lyricist, he felt compelled to use the theme tune because its one of the dopest melodies hes ever heard.
Shout out Japanese videogames and Japanimation for inspiration. Filtered it, did some chops, did some processing to it, he said.
I basically made it unrecognisable, but I know they would have still found it. Thats why we had to deal with the clearance. But when I do anything I try to make it to where its not fully recognisable.
Eminem stunned fans over the weekend when he dropped his latest album, Kamikaze, with no prior warning or promotion.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, he shared the records album artwork with his 21.6million followers writing: Tried not 2 overthink this 1… enjoy.
The 13-track project, which is his 10th studio album and features Joyner Lucas, Royce da 59″, Jessie Reyez. It pays homage to the classic Beastie Boys album License to Ill and is produced by Eminem and his mentor Dr Dre.
It is the follow up to 2017s widely panned Revival, which featured collaborations with Beyoncé. Eminem still managed to top the charts in the UK and US despite mixed reviews.
Eminem attempts to redeem himself and regain GOAT status by returning to his old-school Slim Shady best with Kamikaze. He takes shots at his rap peers like Tyler The Creator and Joe Budden, dismisses new-school rappers such as Lil Pump, Lil Xan and Lil Yachty, and even attacks President Donald Trump on his record The Ringer.