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Worcester rapper Joyner Lucas featured on Eminem’s new album ‘Kamikaze’

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 8/31/2018 By Steve Annear

Two years ago, rapper Joyner Lucas made a discovery that seemed to rock his psyche.

“So I found out today that Eminem knows who I am,” the Worcester-bred musician wrote on Facebook. “Mentioned my name randomly on a plane to a mutual source. All I can say is wow. Just wow.”

A year later, the “Rap God” himself — real name Marshall Mathers — again pointed to Lucas as a force to be recognized, name-dropping the emcee in a Q&A with Interview Magazine as one of several people “doing great stuff” in the world of hip-hop.

Lucas responded in disbelief for the second time.

“Am I reading this correctly???,” he said. “Eminem, words can’t express what this means to me man.”

Fast forward to 2018: Lucas is no longer a footnote in Eminem’s conversations and interviews -- he’s a featured artist on his new album.

In a move that Apple Music aptly proclaimed “shocked everyone,” Eminem quietly released a 13-track album at midnight Friday, titled “Kamikaze.”

A follow-up to December’s “Revival,” Eminem’s ninth studio album that was met with little fanfare, the cover of “Kamikaze” resembles the Beastie Boys’ 1986 album “Licensed to Ill.”

The album was executive-produced by both Dr. Dre and Eminem.

Among the collection of tongue-twisting tracks is “Lucky You,” a four-minute, bass-heavy song peppered with bell and chime samples that opens with Lucas’s verse.

On Twitter early Friday morning, to celebrate the collaboration Lucas wrote, “The [goat emoji] is back [fire emoji] @Eminem track 3.”

Representatives for Lucas did not immediately return a request for comment.

Lucas, who graduated from South High Community School, has steadily been making waves in the music industry, keeping his name on top of people’s playlists. His 2017 video “I’m Not Racist,” made national headlines and eventually racked up 86 million views on YouTube.

In what may have been a teaser for the upcoming track with Slim Shady, Lucas last year posted on Facebook a photoshopped image of himself next to a bird-flipping Eminem. The picture included the caption “Would u pay to see this happen?”

It was a year later almost to the day that it did.

And based on the reaction on social media, people are indeed willing to take out their wallets for the collaboration track.

“I’ve been waiting for this,” one person responded to Lucas on Twitter Friday, after he shared an image of the “Kamikaze” tracklist.

Another wrote: “Much love homie, rep the 508,” a reference to Worcester’s area code.

Eminem (left) and Joyner Lucas. © Christopher Polk and Paras Griffin/Getty Images Eminem (left) and Joyner Lucas.

Here’s how people are reacting to Lucas’s appearance on the album:

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