“I wasn’t in the right mind frame. I was angry.”
Eminem has expressed regret for using a homophobic slur on his surprise tenth studio album, Kamikaze.
Shortly after its release last month, the American rapper received universal backlash from critics and the LGBTQ community for rapping – in reference to Tyler the Creator: “I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch.”
In an interview with Sway, Eminem showed remorse and admitted: “I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far.
“In my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it. I wasn’t in the right mind frame. I was angry.”
His lyrics referenced 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.”