After the surprise release of his 11th studio album late last night in Music To Be Murdered By, Eminem returns with the music video for his single “Darkness” and it’s just that – a graphic depiction of the mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip that killed 58 people and left 413 wounded back in October 2017.
“Feels like I’m loathing in Las Vegas/ Haven’t got the vaguest why I’m so lost/ But I’d make you this small wager/ If I bet you I’ll be in tomorrow’s paper/ Who would the odds favor?” Eminem raps as the music video intercuts the first person perspective of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock with Eminem alone in a dimly lit room that sees the walls gradually closing in. Eminem’s initial references to his anxiety and depression are paired with visuals of American news outlets covering mass shootings in recent years.
Music To Be Murdered By features Slim Shady channeling his inner Alfred Hitchcock on the cover and delivers a wide-ranging 20 tracks with help from collaborators like Royce Da 5’9”, Juice WRLD, Ed Sheeran, Black Thought, Q-Tip and Anderson .Paak. The 47-year-old hip-hop legend touches on themes of alcoholism, American gun violence, critical reception of his last handful of projects and more. Watch the video for “Darkness” above and stream Eminem’s latest LP in full below.
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