The release of Eminem’s new album Kamikaze has already been mired in controversy over its inclusion of homophobic lyrics directed at fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator.
Eminem, who dropped his tenth studio album unexpectedly on Friday (August 31), uses the record’s title track to brand the 27-year-old rapper – who has made allusions to experience same-sex attraction in the past – a “faggot bitch”.
The lyric, which is censored on the recording, is: “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a f****t bitch / It’s not just ’cause you lack attention / It’s cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious / If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better”.
The track ‘Kamikaze’ also features uncredited vocals from American folk singer Bon Iver, the indy100 reports.
Tyler, the Creator, Tyler, who himself used used the word ‘faggot’ almost 200 times on his 2011 debut album Goblin, has given mixed messages about his sexuality over the last few years.
In 2015, the musician claimed he had been banned from the UK for his use of homophobic lyrics, but sparked speculation he was attracted to members of the same sex after including lines about kissing boys in his 2017 album Flower Boy.
He later claimed to have had a boyfriend at the age of 15, but later back-tracked on the comments, claiming they were a “figure of speech”.
Meanwhile, Eminem is no stranger to including homophobic lyrics in his records, having previously brand rival rappers “faggots” and “queer” on 200’s ‘Marshall Mathers’, and including the line “Hate fags? The answer’s yes’ in ‘Criminal’ the same year.