Veteran hip hop lyricist Eminem recently dropped the latest single from his upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″ album titled “Rap God” and while hip hop fans had much praise for the song, the LGBT community is yet again none too happy with Slim Shady’s frequent use of anti-gay language.
via The Independent
Eminem’s new single “Rap God” has been praised as a sign that the rapper is still relevant in today’s music industry, but its lyrics appear to be a bizarre throwback to the homophobic lyrics sung by an alter ego in one of his earlier releases.
Gay rights charity Stonewall said the song’s content was “outdated and deeply offensive”, and claimed the rapper was “stuck in the last century”.
“Rap god” is currently top of the UK and US iTunes charts, and has earned positive write-ups from esteemed publications such as Time and Rolling Stone. MTV lauded its “expertly laid verses”.
It is not as though the h*m*phobic phrases in question are particularly subtle. The first verse contains lyrics about breaking “a mother******* table over the back of a couple f*ggots and crack it in half,” and, “You f*gs think it’s all a game.”
The second verse continues: “Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy / You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy / ‘Oy vey, that boy’s gay,’ that’s all they say looking-boy.”
The rapper is aware that the lyrics would be controversial, saying in one part of the song that he wouldn’t have gotten away with saying, “I’d take seven kids from Columbine, put ‘em all in a line, get an AK-47 a revolver and a nine,” when his fame was at its height.
Richard Lane, media manager at Stonewall, said: “Compared to inspirational modern artists like Frank Ocean and Macklemore, who have vocally supported tackling homophobia, Eminem seems stuck in the last century with these outdated and deeply offensive lyrics.”
So let’s discuss, Bossip fam. Should the LGBT community & anyone offended by Eminem’s choice of words continue to press the issue, or should they simply tune it out and move on?