Eminem’s Album Cover Decoded As Fan Mock Design: ‘Worst Album Cover’

The reveal of Eminem’s new album was met with mixed reviews from fans, with some rushing to decode its messages while others criticized the design.

Curtain call 2a sequel to the 2005 greatest hits album Reminder: successes, is also a compilation of his past work. The artwork for the upcoming record features multiple references to Eminem’s previous albums, while the numbers were also revealed to contain hidden messages.

The rapper turns 50 in October but he’s still releasing new music following the June release of the single “From the D 2 The LBC” which is a collaboration with Snoop Dogg.

Eminem has announced that he will be releasing Curtain Call 2 on August 5, 2022.
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Eminem revealed the artwork of Curtain call 2 Monday, featuring the cover with neon letters and a simulated pinball style.

The numbers looked like high scores, but as Twitter user @stuntin revealed, when reversed, the numbers “451734” and “558008” become the words “hell” and “boobss,” respectively.

Other images on the cover recall Eminem’s career.

The fighter pilot represents the album Suicide bomberthe buildings are from Eminem’s native Detroit and the devil’s horn symbol is associated with The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Other visual references involved callbacks like music to be murdered, Renewaland his collaboration with Royce da 5’9″, Bad Meets Evil, and their EP Hell: the sequel.

Despite all the subtle references to his work, some weren’t impressed with the visuals.

“Can’t believe he made a cover like this,” @HipHopParamount wrote on Twitter alongside laughing emojis. “This is the worst album cover I can remember seeing. Come on Eminem wtf.”

“Eminem’s album cover looks like it was made on [Microsoft] Paint,” @magrynn7 snapped. Meanwhile, @jdant_14 accused Eminem of being “so incredibly out of touch” and wondered how anyone let him off the cover in 2022.

@toni_takes wrote in all caps to Eminem in response to the album announcement, “Marshall!!!! It’s not too late to change the cover.” Others like @YngJayJay simply wrote, “Wtf is that cover dawg.”

Although primarily a greatest hits album, “From the D 2 the LBC” featuring Snoop Dogg will be the lead single. “The King and I” featuring CeeLo Green, which is on the Baz Luhrmann soundtrack Elvis biopic, will also be on Curtain call 2.

The track listing will include Eminem’s hits from Relapse (2009) onwards, including “side projects, guest appearances, songs from movie soundtracks and solo work” according to his website.

Reminder: successes in 2005 also featured four new songs alongside a number of classic tracks and fans expect the same on Curtain call 2.

Curtain Call 2 will be released on August 5, 2022.

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