Less than a week fromKamikaze's unannounced release the 45-year-old rapper dropped a visual for "Fall" which is less meta than it is completely literal. The video opens with Em obsessing over the real-life flurry of negative reviews from both fans, stans, and critics. Frustrated, he throws his phone out of a car window which releases a black demon that feels a bit like the smoke monster from Lost though it is probably a reference to the upcoming Marvel film Venomas suggested by the album's closing track of the same name.
As Billboard writer Charles Holmes puts it, Kamikaze "tries to stop the rapper's artistic decline by blaming everyone except himself." This might explain why Em spends the remainder of the video running from his own shadow while crashing through a generic office building — the obvious home to many a mainstream music journalist.
"I might have to fuck Pitchfork with a corkscrew," Em threatens of the online music publication. During "Fall" he refers to Revival reviews as "Walk on Watergate," a nod to his 2017 collaboration with Beyonce "Walk on Water" going on to scream several times, "You wanted Shady? You got him!"
In keeping with his Shady ways, he's pissed some people off. Namely "Fall" collaborator Justin Vernon whose vocals are used in the chorus. Last week, Vernon spoke out against the collaboration, saying that he is not a fan and had asked for a change in direction which fell on deaf ears.
Was not in the studio for the Eminem track... came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it. Thanks for listening to BRM https://t.co/E0wmt732ty
Vernon went on to praise Eminem as a gifted rapper but that now is "not the time to criticize youth. It's time to listen. To act. It is certainly not the time for slurs." The Bon Iver frontman is referring to the homophobic slur used to describe rapper Tyler, the Creator.
By the video's end, Em leaps from the office building window and is shown possessed with black eyes and nonchalantly steps on a CD copy of Revival because, yeah, we get it — Revival sucked.
Check out the video below.
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