January 17th was a big day for music given the release of Mac Miller’s final posthumous album Circles, J. Cole‘s Revenge Of The Dreamers III: Director’s Cut, and the piercing content of Eminem‘s Songs To Be Murdered By.
On his current offering, the Detroit native touches on a variety of topics including gun violence in the song “Darkness” that has sparked immediate controversy and push-back, along with “Unaccommodating” that alludes to the 2017 bombing at Ariana Grande‘s concert in Manchester.
“But I’m contemplating yelling ‘Bombs away’ on the game/ Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” Slim Shady raps. After word of his questionable rhymes spread on social media, many took to Twitter to blast the Rap legend. While there were throngs of people who disagreed with Eminem’s lyrics, many others defended the artist by mentioning the $2,600,000 he raised for victims of the attack.
Ironically, it seems that listeners taking offense to the bombing and shooting references in Songs To Be Murdered By either forget or were not aware of Marshall Mathers’ violent lyrics from “Stan” that detail the abuse and subsequent murder of his pregnant girlfriend, or the self-mutilation pressed upon children in “My Name Is” – two songs created at least two decades ago and continue to be culturally relevant.
Regardless of the controversy, listen to the surprise album from Eminem, courtesy of Interscope Records, below.