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Eminem's producer reveals Kingdom Hearts Easter egg on the rapper's new album, Kamikaze

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Sep 3, 2018

Eminem's new album, Kamikaze, contains a song inspired by the upcoming Venom movie, but that's not the only pop culture connection it's got.

While speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine, one of the album's producers, Illadaproducer (real name: Illya Fraser), revealed that the song titled "Good Guy (feat. Jessie Reyez)" samples music from the first Kingdom Hearts game.

"That’s me doing my video game thing," he said. "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. Filtered it, did some chops, did some processing to it. I basically made it unrecognizable, but I know they would have still found it. That’s why we had to deal with the clearance. But when I do anything I try to make it to where it’s not fully recognizable."

Beginning in 2002, the Kingdom Hearts franchise is notable for mixing Square Enix characters from Final Fantasy and The World Ends With You with those of Disney and Pixar. After many years of waiting, Kingdom Hearts III will be released this coming January. The upcoming title will introduce Disney names from more movies, like Wreck-It-Ralph and Frozen.