Eminem has come under fire for using the anti-gay term ‘faggot’ on his new album.
The American rapper embraced his inner Beyoncé earlier today and surprised released his tenth studio album, Kamikaze.
So far, it’s received critical acclaim and praise from fans and critics (especially for lyrics attacking US President Donald Trump) but it’s also garnered controversy for including a homophobic slur.
On Fall, Eminem attacks fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator, saying: “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch / It’s not just ’cause you lack attention / It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious.”
His lyrics reference Tyler’s last studio album, Flower Boy, on which he seemingly came as gay/bisexual.
On I Ain’t Got Time, the rapper says: “Next line will have ’em like ‘Whoa’ / I been kissing white boys since 2004.”
Eminem has been slammed in the past for his use of homophobic lyrics. In 2013, he defended his use of the word ‘faggot’ on his album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, claiming to have “no issue” with gay people.
He said: ““Not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much shit that’s tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself.
“But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I’m glad we live in a time where it’s really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves.
“And I don’t know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke.”