Eminem Drops "Houdini" Single and Music Video from Upcoming Album

Eminem Drops “Houdini” Single and Music Video from Upcoming Album

Eminem, the legendary rapper known for his provocative lyrics and alter ego Slim Shady, has released “Houdini,” the first single from his highly anticipated twelfth studio album, “The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce).” The single, which dropped on May 31, 2024, sets the stage for what promises to be a bold and introspective project. The album, scheduled for a summer 2024 release, will be available through Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records.

The music video for “Houdini,” directed by Rich Lee, is a nostalgic trip for long-time fans. It includes numerous callbacks to Eminem’s 2002 hit “Without Me.” In the video, Eminem dons his iconic Robin costume, and there are appearances by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Pete Davidson, and comedian Shane Gillis. The video also features wannabe Slim Shadys, reminiscent of the rapper’s 2000 MTV Video Music Awards performance. This blend of old and new elements showcases Eminem’s ability to evolve while paying homage to his past.

“The Death of Slim Shady” has been in progress since 2021, with long-time collaborator Luis Resto describing it as a “hard-hitting” return to Eminem’s signature sound. The album explores the life and demise of Eminem’s alter ego, Slim Shady, diving deep into the rapper’s creative essence. This thematic approach is evident in the promotional materials, including a fake obituary for Slim Shady published in the Detroit Free Press and a dramatic teaser video styled as a crime show that aired during the 2024 NFL draft event in Detroit.

In anticipation of this release, Eminem has been building excitement with a series of intriguing promotions. On April 26, 2024, he released a cryptic video questioning “who killed Slim Shady?” The video featured comments from 50 Cent and clips from some of Eminem’s most iconic tracks. Additionally, a joint Instagram video with magician David Blaine further teased fans with a snippet of “Houdini,” adding to the buzz and speculation surrounding the album. As fans eagerly await the full album, “Houdini” offers a tantalizing glimpse into what can be expected from “The Death of Slim Shady.” With its release, Eminem once again proves his ability to captivate and innovate within the music industry.

Watch the video for “Houdini” below:

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