AceShowbiz - Eminem has responded to social media campaign that sought for his cancellation over his controversial lyrics. No stranger to backlash since early of his rising career, instead of dropping a new freestyle or recording a new track, the Grammy Award-winning artist released a music video for his already existing song aptly titled "Tone Deaf".
Lifted off his 2020 album "Music to Be Murdered By", the song reflects his defiant attitude to the cancel culture. "It's okay not to like my s**t/ Everything's fine, drink your wine, b***h/ And get offline, quit whinin', this is just a rhyme, b***h," he raps on the song.
Em adds in the chorus, "I can't understand a word you say (I'm tone-deaf)/ I think this way I prefer to stay (I'm tone-deaf)." He also tweeted, "I won't stop even when my hair turns grey (I'm tone-deaf)/ 'Cause they won't stop until they cancel me," referencing another line from the track, when announcing the release of the animated video on Friday, March 6.
The attempt to cancel Em apparently kicked off in February, when a Gen Z TikTok user argued the rapper's 2010 hit "Love the Way You Lie" glorifies toxic relationships and domestic violence. A user, who has been banned from the video-sharing application, played a snippet of the song and appeared to take issue with the lyric which goes, "If she ever tries to f**king leave again, I'ma tie her/ to the bed and set this house on fire."
In the critic's video, the song plays while someone looks into the camera with the text "Yesssss lets [sic] cancel him" being displayed.
Em, however, has survived from attempts to cancel him in the past. Throughout his career, he faced backlash for creating far more offensive music than "Love the Way You Lie". One person even noted that the rapper's debut single, "My Name Is", opened with the line, "Hi kids, do you like violence?"
Em was also heavily criticized when his unreleased song "Things Get Worse" leaked online in 2019. In the said song, he dissed Rihanna, whom he has collaborated with several times, including on "Love the Way You Lie".
"I'm not playing, Rihanna, where'd you get the VD at?/ Let me add my two cents/ Of course I side with Chris Brown/ I'd beat a b***h down too/ If she gave my d**k an itch now," he raps on the controversial song.
He then apologized to Rih on his song "Zeus" off "Music to Be Murdered By - Side B", which part of the lyrics goes, "And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna/ For that song that leaked, I'm sorry, Ri/ It wasn't meant to cause you grief."