He gets a fair bit of stick for being obnoxious and for making questionable records, but I sort of admire his bravado. I’ve also seen him in a few interviews and while for the most part he gives out a ridiculously, polished PR answers, his episodes of Carpool Karaoke are two of the best.
However, having a go at someone like Eminem for not understanding new rap music is like me going into Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant and telling him he’s a fool for not putting salted caramel in all his food like everyone else does these days.
Sometimes you’ve just got to stay in you lane and refrain from critiquing something you know nothing about, because if you don’t the internet is going to rip you to pieces.
Biebs obviously didn’t get the memo though, as he’s said Eminem “doesn’t understand” rap’s new generation after the rapper made several criticisms of the genre’s new stars.
The 25-year-old made the comment on his Instagram story after sharing a screenshot from his phone when he was listening to Eminem’s song The Ringer, from the 2018 album Kamikaze.
In the song, Eminem takes aim at rappers such as Vince Staples, 21 Savage, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Yachty, Iggy Azalea, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, and more. He calls them out – among others – for mumbling, rapping: “I heard your mumbling but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo/The era that I’m from will pummel you, that’s what it’s coming to.”
On Bieber’s Instagram story, he showed support for both Eminem’s music, but claimed he didn’t understand the new generation of the genre.
‘I just like Em’s flow but don’t like that he’s dissing new rappers.
I like the new generation of rap he just doesn’t understand it.’
Naturally, people couldn’t believe the irony in someone like Bieber saying something like this, with many pointing to the fact he clearly has no idea what he’s talking about.
Bieber you really don’t want that smoke pic.twitter.com/jmo0iG7EmH
— © (@CodyAM1993) 1 May 2019
— Hamoody Shady (@hamoodyshady) 1 May 2019
Does anyone seriously believe Eminem cares about Justin Bieber’s opinion on rap? 😂😂🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/JujCj0ywBv
— Michele2424 (@Michele24242) 1 May 2019
Look, I don’t like new rap either – lyricism has gone completely out the window to make way for this new trap sound that has little to no substance to it.
I’m not that keen on new Eminem either – although Kamikaze was better than most of his other recent albums – but the self- proclaimed “Rap God” is indisputably one of the all-time greats.
Put some RESPECK on his damn name, young’un.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.