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Eminem Drops First Single from Upcoming Album “The Death of Slim Shady”

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Eminem Drops First Single from Upcoming Album "The Death of Slim Shady"

Eminem has just released “Houdini,” the first single from his much-anticipated 12th album, “The Death of Slim Shady (Coup De Grâce),” set to drop this summer.

The track opens with a familiar voice: his longtime manager Paul Rosenberg, who humorously disapproves of the album.

“Hey Em, it’s Paul. I was listening to the album… Good fucking luck, you’re on your own,” Rosenberg quips.

“Houdini” harks back to Eminem’s 2002 hit “Without Me,” with its catchy refrain, “Guess who’s back, back again / Shady’s back, tell a friend.”

Produced by Eminem and his frequent collaborator Luis Resto, the song also samples Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” and makes a nod to Megan Thee Stallion’s high-profile incident.

Eminem playfully raps about a potential collaboration with her, blending humor with self-reflection.

As expected, Eminem doesn’t shy away from controversy. He addresses various topics, including transgender issues, RuPaul, and even his own children, using his trademark provocative style.

These lines are sure to stir conversations and perhaps some backlash, which Eminem seems to embrace.

The music video for “Houdini” pays tribute to “Without Me,” featuring a comic strip style and appearances by notable figures such as 50 Cent, Pete Davidson, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Alchemist.

The video showcases two versions of Eminem—one from 2002 and one from the present day—rapping together, creating a nostalgic yet fresh visual experience.

Since announcing the album last month, details about “The Death of Slim Shady” have been sparse. Dr. Dre, during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in March, revealed that he contributed to several tracks on the album and was eager to hear the final product.

Eminem’s announcement of the album during the NFL Draft in April, coupled with a Detroit Murder Files teaser, hinted at a dramatic end for his alter ego, Slim Shady. This was further emphasized by a mock obituary in the Detroit Free Press.

Earlier this week, Eminem teased “Houdini” in an Instagram Reel with magician David Blaine, declaring, “For my last trick, I’m going to make my career disappear.”

Eminem’s latest release signals a bold new chapter in his storied career, blending his iconic past with fresh and daring content. Fans eagerly await more details as the release date for “The Death of Slim Shady” approaches.

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