Eminem regrets aiming homophobic slur at Tyler, The Creator on new single “Fall”, from his surprise album Kamikaze. On a track where he fires off against the media, the music industry, Charlamange tha God and fellow rappers, he felt one of the disses went “too far” as he got the old Slim Shady to Stand Up once again:
“Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a f*****, b****/It’s not just ’cause you like attention.
“It’s cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sac-rilegious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better.”
He has defended his use of such profanities in the past, but considering his selective non-use of the N-word, it feels corny to me that he would try to offend people in the same manner he did 20 years ago, knowing full well that society today is less tolerant of that sort of attitude.
Now in an interview with renowned hip hop reporter Sway, from Shady 45 – a radio station produced by Eminem, Marshall admitted that he felt that it was a bar “too far”.
“I was angry when I said the s*** about Tyler…The word that I called him on the album, on that song was one of the things where I felt like, ‘This might be too far.’ Because in my quest to hurt him, I realised that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it.”
Eminem wasn’t the only person to express hesitance over that song. The backing vocals on that track were sung by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. He claims to have asked Marshall to drop the track and later went on to tweet:
“Not a fan of this message, its tired”
So what drove Shady to get so Shady? Despite once touring with them, Eminem felt there was too much disrespect being shown to him by Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the creator. When the album Shady XV dropped, Earl Sweatshirt took to twitter and said:
“If you still follow Eminem, you drink way too much Mountain Dew”
Whilst Tyler, The Creator’s reaction to the lead single “Walk on Water” from last year’s Revival album was:
“Dear god this is horrible, how the f***”
Now, I understand that an artist can be thin-skinned, and that vulnerability makes them ever so endearing, but I’m calling Shady here.
Number 1: Eminem is too smart and calculating to say anything without weighing up the repercussions. He knew that in a song full of disses and subs, that statement would stand out and get him clicks and mentions all over the internet.
Number 2: He says that if he mentions you in a rap, it boosts your career, but does nothing for him. I dispute that very much, as it brings him smack bang in the middle of everyone’s attention again.
Love him or hate him, everyone is talking about Eminem now. So whether or not Tyler accepts that weak apology is up to him, but I wouldn’t Stan for it personally.