Eminem was the biggest name in rap for the best part of two decades, but a new generation has taken issue with the rapper.
Whether it’s through clever lyricism or infectious hooks, Eminem has managed to be one of the most successful rappers of all time. Since he burst on to the music scene in the 90s, the rapper has never been scared of a bit of controversy.
In response to his music some young TikTokers, who identify with the label Gen Z, think that the artist should be cancelled. Safe to say Eminem has a response.
TikTokers took issue with the 2010 song ‘Love The Way You Lie’ featuring Rhianna. The song features lyrics that explicitly details a domestic abuse scenario as Eminem raps ‘I know I’m a liar, if she ever tries to f*cking leave again I’ma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire.’
Check out the original TikTok calling for Eminem’s cancellation below.
Naturally, those who remember the song fondly from ten years ago have taken issue with the call to cancel the rapper. While members of Gen Z are pointing out the offensive romanticisation of domestic violence.
Some fans of Eminem have even created short raps to defend him and also critique the thoughts of Gen Z.
Eminem has now responded to the calls for their cancellation in a typical fashion. The rapper posted a new music video for his song ‘Tone Deaf’ from his album Music To Be Murdered By. Fans are loving the reaction and enjoying the song which has Eminem discuss his dislike for the new generation of mumble rappers.
In his tweet, Eminem quoted the lyrics, ‘I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey (I’m tone-deaf) / ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me.’ With the video and quote in mind, it seems that Eminem isn’t too worried about the efforts of Gen Z to cancel him. On top of that, given that he has made a music video to capitalise on the situation, the rapper may see this is an ideal opportunity to promote his music.
It looks like the real Slim Shady is here to stay!
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