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Eminem Addresses Several Socio-political Issues Lyrically In New Album

Eminem is addressing a lot of issues on his newly released surprise album, “Music to Get Murdered By – Side B”.

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Dropped on Friday 18th December, the album marks the rap star’s third surprise release since 2018. This is a sequel to his previous album with a similar name, “Music to Get Murdered By” which dropped nearly one year ago in January. Since then, many fans had been speculating that Eminem, 48, would drop Side B. This album includes guest features from fellow stars Dr Dre, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Premier and Skylar Gray. It’s a compilation of 16-tracks; 13 full songs and three skits.

 

The lyricist who recently celebrated 12 years of sobriety addresses several issues of importance on his new album. This ranges from the coronavirus pandemic to this year’s protests that were in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. He also mentions American activist and former NFL star quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Eminem also throws several jabs at convicted s*x offenders Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly.

Below are some of the most noteworthy highlights from Eminem’s latest album:

1. Eminem addresses the Black Lives Matter movement amid the coronavirus pandemic

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The Grammy-winner references the COVID-19 pandemic numerous times throughout his tracks, while simultaneously supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. On the song “These Demons,” Eminem raps, “This pandemic got us in a recession. “We need to reopen America / Black people dying. They want equal rights / White people want to get haircuts.”

2. Eminem apologizes to Rihanna after backing Chris Brown’s actions in 2009 assault against the pop star

Eminem Had A lot Of Issues To Addresses Lyrically In New Album

Eminem and Rihanna, 32, have been longtime collaborators through the years, even jointly landing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard rap singles chart in 2010 for their smash hit, “Love the Way You Lie.” The dynamic duo is also one-time tour mates, after successfully completing their 2014 Monster tour.

However, In 2019, Entertainment Weekly published an unreleased verse by Eminem in which he said “Of course I side with Chris Brown. I’d beat a bitch down too.” Following the 2009 altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault and got sentenced to five years of probation and community service.

Eminem’s sentiments were shocking to many fans, as the pair had teamed up on several popular music projects and considered friends.

This time around, Eminem acknowledges his past behaviour on “Zeus.” He rhymes about the controversial line: “Long as I re-promise, to be honest, and wholeheartedly, I give to apologies, Rihanna.  For that song that leaked I’m sorry, Ri  It wasn’t meant to cause you grief. Regardless, it was wrong of me.”

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3. Eminem highlights victims of police brutality and calls out several convicted and accused s*x offenders

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Eminem sheds more light on the cases of several Black victims who have died at the hands of police. These victims include Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, and Laquan McDonald. In many of these cases, the officers involved in the killings have not faced legal consequences for their actions

In “Black Magic,” Eminem goes on to mention Kaepernick, who in 2016 famously took a knee during the national anthem amid the ongoing racial tension plaguing the U.S.

“I ain’t gon’ stand for that sh*t like Kaep for the national anthem.” He also namedrops some of the most famous convicted and accused s*x offenders in the U.S. These includes Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly.

4. Eminem lyrically warns other stars about 21st-century cancel culture

Eminem Had A lot Of Issues To Addresses Lyrically In New Album

Cancel culture involves social media users rallying against a particular star. This happens typically after the targeted celeb has shared an opinion that the general public does not agree.

In “Zeus,” Eminem warns the new generation of rap giants namely Drake, Future and the Migos. He stated that criticism by the public, aimed at tarnishing their music legacies, is likely inevitable. In the same song, he directly addresses Snoop Dogg, who was dismissive of his accomplishments in a Breakfast Club interview over the summer. Raps Eminem: “Last thing I need is Snoop doggin’ me. Man, dog, you was like a damn God to me. Man, not really, I had ‘dog’ backwards.”

 

“Music to Get Murdered By – Side B” is now available on all streaming platforms. Click HERE to listen to the album

 

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Charis Ebiaghian

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