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Eminem to Machine Gun Kelly: Shut the F–k Up About My Daughter!

Last week, Eminem dropped his 10th studio album without any sort of pre-release promotion.

Of course, Kamikaze has been described as a “surprise” for reasons that go beyond its unanticipated release.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the album has been regarded by many fans as a return to form for the 44-year-old rapper.

In the early days of his career, Em was as well known for his merciless lyric assaults on his rivals as for the razor-sharp wordplay that first caught the attention of the rap mainstream.

Over the past decade, however, Eminem sobered up, settled down, and stopped devoting so much of his attention to feuds.

Unfortunately, Slim Shady’s newfound maturity made him an easy target for a bumper crop of young rappers attempting to build up their reputations by attacking his.

One such emcee is Machine Gun Kelly, who attacked Eminem with the above diss track in response to shade thrown by Slim on Kamikaze.

The beef began years ago, when a 23-year-old MGK called Em’s daughter Hailie (just 16 at the time) “hot as f–k” in a bizarre tweet.

On his latest release Shady basically warned MGK to keep all such thoughts to himself.

Unfortunately, MGK is thirsting to become a household name, and he saw Em’s diss as an opportunity for a come-up.

Normally, Em would be quick with a blistering response, but as he explains in the interview above, he’s caught between a rock and a hard place.

As the superior technical emcee, he could put MGK in a body bag with ease.

However, he’s well aware that by doing so, he would be giving the 28-year-old rapper a much-needed career boost.

Em’s frustration with the situation is abundantly clear in his conversation with Sway:

“Shut the f–k up,” Shady says in reference to his latest rival.

“Now, I’m in this f–king weird thing where I’m like, ‘I gotta answer this motherf–ker.’ And every time i do that — as irrelevant as people say I am in hip-hop — it makes that person bigger.”

Sounds like a frustrating scenario.

Of course, there are worse problems to have than being such a legend that your challengers are dying for you to acknowledge their existence.

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Eminem Drops Surprise Album; Internet Loses Its Mind

Guess who’s back. Back Again. Shady’s back.

Tell … well, actually you don’t need to tell anyone, because apparently, every single person on Twitter found out about Eminem’s new album while you were sleeping last night.

Yes, just four months after the release of his twelfth release, Revival, Eminem is back with another full-length album.

The rapper announced the surprise project at midnight on Friday with a tweet reading simply:

“Tried not 2 overthink this 1… enjoy.”

And with that Kamikaze was released unto the world, and the reaction from fans to everything from the album’s Beastie Boys-inspired cover art to its byzantine wordplay has been downright rapturous.

The 13-track collection comes on the heels of the prolific period in Eminem’s career.

He first announced his return to the hip-hop scene back in … with a blistering freestyle attacking Donald Trump that debuted at the BET Awards.

On Kamikaze, Em addresses the controversy over those verses and reveals that he was the subject of a Secret Sewrvice investigation:

“Sent the Secret Service to meet in person / To see if I really think of hurtin’ him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists,” he raps at tone point.

While Mr. Mathers was brutal in his initial assessment of Trump supporters, he now says he’s more likely to view them as victims, rather than villains:

“I empathize with the people this evil serpent sold the dream to that he’s deserted,” he raps.

Other targets who incur Em’s famous wrath over the course of the album include various “Lil” rappers (Xan, Pump, Yachty, et. al.) 

The legendary emcee really brings the knives out when addressing feuds with Tyler, the Creator, Machine Gun Kelly and Joe Budden.

“I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch,” Em says of Tyler, a line that’s sure to attract some serious criticism.

Elsewhere on the album, Slim Shady admits that he was unhappy with the lukewarm critical reception that greeted his last album.

Many fans see this new release as a sort of do-over, an attempt to make things right with fans who may have been disappointed by Revival.

Whatever the case, Em has proven that he’s still one of the most dynamic forces in hip-hop, becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter just minutes after releasing his latest.

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Eminem Panics Crowd with Gunshot Sound Effects, Isn’t Sorry

Last year, viewers slammed Eminem's performance. They called him a hack and a has been. Hey, everone's a critic, right?

Now, however, he's being criticized for something much more serious — for setting off gunshot noises at his concert.

The crowd visibly ducked in fear. And he's getting dragged for making thousands of people think that they were about to die in a hail of bullets.

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, most often known as Bonnaroo, isa  four-day music festival that takes place each summer in Manchester, Tennessee.

If you live in Tennessee or any of the surrounding states, this is the festival that your friends who are willing to brave musicals attend each year.

Unfortunately, some concert-goers received a serious fright.

During his song, "Kill You," pyrotechnics produced a chillingly realistic gunshot noise.

So much so that, as you can see in the video that we included, the crowd was ducking in fear.

The video quickly circulated on Twitter, inciting outrage.

"Less than a year after Vegas and @Eminem thinks it’s a good idea to blast gun shot sfx onstage at a music festival? Bad call on this headliner @bonnaroo. What happened to Radiate Positivity?"

The Las Vegas shooting that claimed dozens of lives and wounded hundreds took place at the beginning of last October.

Many of the victims had attended a Jason Aldean concert.

For concert-goers to hear very realistic gunshot noises … it seems very natural for so many of them to instinctively fear for their lives.

That doesn't sound like a good time.

Eminem is no stranger to controversy.

His team responded that these were not actual "gunshot" noises, but pyrotechnic concussion effects featuring a sonic boom. That seems like splitting hairs, but whatever.

As always, his diehard fans were eager to jump to his defense.

One person took to Twitter to refer to a previous performance of "Kill You."

"You can hear the same sound at the end you idiots. Watch some Eminem performance before going to one."

That's a little harsh.

"So you grew up listening to Eminem but you didn’t expect gun shot sounds on his set."

Well, some would argue that it's a different experience when mass shootings are so common.

"The gunshot actually makes the performance 10 times better."

We'll take that person's word for it.

Some have argued that legislation should curtail this sort of element within a performance.

There would be legal precedent. A famous First Amendment exception to free speech is using that speech to do harm, such as shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.

Many would say that Eminem setting off such realistic sounding gunshots is the equivalent, and could provoke the crowd to trample each other in fear.

After all, actual mass shootings occur multiple times per week, thanks to the widespread and virtually unchecked availability of tools designed for killing.

Gunshots in music online or in other media (such as films) is different, as it comes with a visual context and is not usually consumed in massive, dense crowds of people who are standing shoulder-to-shoulder.

Are gunshot effects in concerts a threat to concert-goers?

Were Eminem's diehard defenders right to criticize fans for freaking out at the sounds of gunshots, since they were expected by many as part of the show?

Or were concert-goers right to react instinctively — better safe than sorry — and were critics right to condemn the use of the sounds?

Maybe the problem has nothing to do with the audience, the critics, or even Eminem.

Maybe living every single day with the knowledge that we could die in a hail of bullets while going to a theater or using mass transit or attending school or a house of worship is the culprit.

Perhaps fixing our nation's gun culture and gun epidemic will help to repair some of the other fractures and conflicts in our society.

And people won't have any reason to fear attending a concert.

Eminem panics crowd with gunshot noise effects at bonnaroo
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Nicki Minaj: Yes, I’m Dating Eminem!

Move over, Jay and Beyonce!

There’s a new hip-hop power couple in town and what they lack in friendships with the Obamas, they make up for with verses about anilingus and Vicodin.

Eminem-Nicki Minaj Split

Yes, after a week of rumors, Nicki Minaj confirmed this morning that she’s dating Eminem … or did she?

Em and Nicki have been friends since collaborating on her 2010 single “Roman’s Revenge.”

But the speculation that there’s a romantic element to their relationship began when Minaj name-dropped Mr. Mathers on a more recent song:

“Uh oh / Back again / Back to back Maybach, stack the M’s,” Minaj raps on the newly-released “Big Bank.”

“Told ‘em I met Slim Shady, bag the M / Once he go black, he’ll be back again.”

But hey, it’s just a song, and rappers make empty boasts all the time, right?

Well, we’d probably be quick to dismiss the line for exactly those reasons, were it not for the exchange that took place between Nicki and a curious fan on Instagram this morning.

When the fan asked point-blank, “You dating Eminem???” Nicki replied simply, “Yes.” 

The news came as a bit of a surprise to Nicki’s most devoted fans, as it was just last week that the rapper revealed her plans to eschew dating for a full year, as she’s still reeling from her breakup with Meek Mill.

“I’m just chillin’ right now. I’m celibate,” Nicki told Ellen DeGeneres.

“I wanted to go a year without dating any man. I hate men.”

Maybe she just meant she hates men who have never recorded songs n that elaborately fantasize about murdering their ex-wives.

We kid Em and Nicki because we love them!

And we would love very much if they turned out to be a legit couple.

Meek is legit, but before him, Nicki dated Safaree Samuels for over a decade, and that dude is basically what would happen if George Costanza were a wannabe rapper.

Em, of course, was married to Kim Mathers, who’s also the worst (though she certainly didn’t deserve to be repeatedly murdered in song form.

The point is, these two titans of rap deserve both deserve to date bonafide bosses, and the music to spring from this relationship would be [700 fire emojs].

Now we just need to set Pusha T up with Azealia Banks and future generations of hip-hop heads will be good to go.

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