BET reports Eminem took the world by surprise with the release of his tenth studio album, Music to Be Murdered By, unannounced on Friday (Jan. 17).
The special delivery came accompanied with a new bleak music video for the record’s eighth track, “Darkness,” in which Eminem tackles the politically divisive subject of gun control in America. The visual opens with the Shady Records honcho sitting alone washed in blue light, as the opening verses comes in the form of a haunting repetitious rasp: “I don’t want to be alone in the darkness anymore.”
The first half of the six-minute track focuses on familiar topics of anxiety and substance abuse that we’ve heard from Em.
The second half of the music video delves into the political realm where Eminem makes a rousing call to action for gun control reform as it becomes more clear that the video is a reenactment of the horrific 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 music festival.
Per Breitbart, Eminem’s last album has drawn condemnation from the mayor of Manchester, England, over the rap artist’s flippant reference to the 2017 Manchester suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert that took 23 lives.
The mother of a young man killed in the attack has separately dismissed the rapper’s latest provocation as “totally pointless” and “not clever.”