Eminem has apologized for his homophobic lyrics on his new album Kamikaze.
Em’s latest album has been catching a lot of attention – for good and bad reasons. Many have voiced their disdain for his track “Fall” where he takes shots at rapper Tyler The Creator‘s sexuality. In his verse he says, “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a f*****, bitch / It’s not just ’cause you lack attention / It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sac-religious.” His words caused an outcry from the LGBTQ community and their supporters.
However, Eminem realized his mistake and during an interview with #SwayCalloway he apologized for using a gay slur. “In my quest to hurt him, I realized that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it,” he said. “I really did like [Tyler] … I just felt like there was a mutual respect,” Em told Sway of their initial friendship. But it was Tyler’s public slights towards Em that rubbed him the wrong way. “Just don’t go public with it and publicly express your opinion about how much my s*** is trash,” Eminem explained.
What originally pushed Eminem over the limit was when the Odd Future co-founder called Em’s song with Beyoncé, “Walk on Water,” “horrible.” “I was like, ‘Alright, I need to say something now because this is f****** stupid,’” Eminem recalled. “I’m not gonna be America’s punching bag and motherf****** just wanna think it’s cool and safe to say whatever the f*** they want about me.”
The Detroit rapper said his verse went “too far.” “With the Tyler, the Creator thing man I realize now and I realized when I said it, but I wasn’t, like, in the mind frame — I was angry when I said the s*** about Tyler … every time I saw this kid, always so cool… but, I’m sitting back like, man, at what point do I have to say something just to defend myself? And I think that the word that I called him on the album was, on that song, was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far.”
Tyler has yet to respond to Eminem’s apology.