For reasons beyond the measures of human comprehension, the hashtag “RIPEminem” has been trending on Twitter overnight, despite the veteran rapper still being very much alive.
That’s right, Eminem is solidly not dead, and this doesn’t even appear to be in regards to some particularly acrimonious diss-track. It’s just ‘one of those things’.
By all accounts, the #RIPEminem trend started when one person tweeted “I have killed Eminem” before they then started perpetuating the hashtag and before long – because the internet is the internet – it became a meme.
The random trend appears to have something to do with Snoop Dogg’s appearance on The Breakfast Club, where he revealed that the 47-year-old rapper wasn’t in his top ten list of all-time greats.
“Eminem, the great White hope.
“White rappers had zero respect in rap. Let’s keep that one thou-wow. None. He [Dr. Dre] has probably put Eminem in the position to where he could be one of the top 10 rappers ever. I don’t think so, but the game feels like he’s top 10 lyricists and all that that comes with it. But, that’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem that he could find“.
What followed was a smorgasbord of people tweeting something like “Y’all had me here! I hate you 2020 #RIPEminem” and you know that gif of Denzel Washington where he looks shocked at first, then ultimately relieved? That showed up a lot. Either that, or people sending their condolences alongside a picture of someone who isn’t Eminem.
Yeah he’s alright. All is well (in regard to Eminem, that is).