Eminem drops a surprise album the same week Mark Ronson delivers an epic remix in honor of what would have been the King of Pop's 60th birthday.
Labor Day weekend is off to a good start, because New Music Friday is loaded with variety from music icons and rising stars.
Our picks this week are highlighted by Eminem's surprise 13-track album "Kamikaze," which he produced with Dr. Dre. The rapper takes aim at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the Grammy Awards and the press for trashing his 2017 album, "Revival."
On his track "The Ringer," he references his blistering BET Hip-Hop Awards freestyle diss at POTUS, and raps, "But if I could go back I’d at least reword it / And say I empathize with the people this evil serpent / Sold the dream to that he’s deserted / But I think it’s workin’ / These verses are makin’ him a wee bit nervous / And he’s too scurred to answer me with words / ‘Cause he knows that he will lyrically get murdered / But I know at least he’s heard it / ‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service / To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists / I said, 'Only when it comes to ink and lyricists.'”
And in honor of what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th birthday earlier this week, Mark Ronson released "Diamonds Are Invincible," a stellar mashup of the King of Pop's hits "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Billie Jean," "Smooth Criminal," "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Human Nature."
"It was such an amazing, awe-inspiring and insanely intimidating task to put this together, although you’d need hours and hours to fit all of Michael’s classic tunes into one track," Ronson said of the track. “I wanted this to feel like being on the dance floor at a sweaty, wild NYC club getting down to as much MJ as possible in five minutes."
On the country side of things, Carrie Underwood released new single "Love Wins," while Black Eyed Peas continue their Fergie-less comeback with a music video for "Constant Part 1 and 2" and The Game teamed up with YG, Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih for new track "DTF."
Plus, rock fans have no shortage of new music from some legacy acts Muse and Good Charlotte, and younger rock stars Twenty One Pilots and Nothing But Thieves. And give former TooFab TooGood Artist's Lauv and Josephina some love, because they're going places.