Rapper Eminem has done it again. On Friday morning he dropped a new surprise album titled “Music to Be Murdered By,” as well as a video (seen below) that calls for changes to gun laws.
It was just after midnight on Twitter and Instagram when Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, dropped the follow-up to 2018’s “Kamikaze” without any warning.
In the new music video titled “Darkness” that was dropped to accompany Eminem’s new album, a gunman is shown shooting into a crowd during a concert.
The storyline and lyrics in the video depict what happened during the 2017 mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas. It was considered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, leaving 58 people dead.
The video then shows a montage of other mass shootings that have happened recently in the United States, and ends with text that urges people to register to vote.
“When will this end?” the text in the video reads. “When enough people care. Register to vote at vote.gov. Make your voice heard and help change gun laws in America.”
Not only does Eminem’s new album and video encourage people to take action to change gun laws, but his website also has similar verbiage. Eminem’s site has a link to the music video, along with information about various organizations dedicated to putting an end to senseless gun violence.
Some of those organizations include Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Giffords Law Center, Sandy Hook Promise, Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady United Against Gun Violence, March For Our Lives and many more.
The cover art for the new album has a violent tone, with blood splatter dripping around a photo of Eminem himself holding weapons to his head while wearing a suit. There is an alternate cover that shows the same splatter, but has Eminem depicted wearing a fedora and holding a shovel in his hand.
The aforementioned version is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 album that bears the same name. Eminem tweeted, “Inspired by the master, Uncle Alfred!”
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) January 17, 2020
Darkness (Official Video) – “Music to Be Murdered By”