There’s a new Eminem album that’s taking the music world by storm right now, not only because it’s lit, but also because the album’s main track, Kamikaze, features high profile disses on several big-name rappers like Drake. But the album is also being talked about in several video game and anime circles as well. But not because of the diss track, but because of a different one. Its title is “Good Guy,” which has a particularly Japanese inspiration.
The album’s producer, IllaDaProducer, recently talked to Rolling Stone about his work on Eminem’s new album, Kamikaze. In the interview, he said:
“That’s me doing my video game thing. Kingdom Hearts. It’s a Japanese video game, and that’s the theme song from it. It’s one of the dopest melodies I’ve ever heard. Shout out Japanese video games and Japanimation for inspiration.”
While he didn’t say which video game and anime they used for the track, a report by Kotaku has stated that they originally listed Utada Hiraku’s ‘Simple & Clean’, which appeared in the original Kingdom Hearts, as the sample. However, the track’s spotify sample doesn’t list Utada Hikaru in the credits. It only listed Jessie Reyez, L. Gomamoto, M. Mathers, Norio Joseph Aono, R. Fraser, and Y. Yamada. Of course, this fueled speculations about which song is really the origin.
According to several fans of Tokyo Ghoul, the new Eminem track may have used “Glassy Sky” from the anime’s soundtrack. However, the artiste who performed the song isn’t listed in the credits either. But “Glassy Sky” does sound like another Tokyo Ghoul song in “Wanderers,” which Lisa Gamamoto sang. Of course, Lisa Gamamoto is one of the names listed in the “Good Guy”‘s credits.
The debate about which songs they used is still ongoing. But whatever the case, the new track itself is worth checking out if you’re a big rap fan.