Eminem released his surprise album Music To Be Murdered By last Friday (Jan. 17). As to be expected by any Em project, the album ruffled several feathers, including Ariana Grande fans.
Now, the Detroit mainstay has issued a statement via Twitter in regard to the album.
“Gentle listener, In today’s wonderful world murder has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it,” the statement reads. “I thought why not make a sport if it, and murder over beats? So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain.
Sticking with the project’s Alfred Hitchcock-theme, the statement arrives in the form of a bloodied letter.
“This album was not made for the squeamish,” it continues. “If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you. Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us.”
“So you see, murder in this instance isn’t always literal, nor pleasant,” the note concludes. “These bars are only meant for the sharpest of knives in the drawers. For the victims of this album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight! With deepest sympathy, Eminem.”
Trippie Redd is the latest person to react to Em’s new album, with an Instagram Story upload that seemingly calls out the 47-year-old rapper.
“Ni**as be 50 beefing wit a 15yr old,” Trippie wrote on the ‘Gram Tuesday night (Jan. 21).
The post could be a response to Em name-dropping Trippie in album cut, “Marsh.”
“Then he said kill emcees/ Trippie Redd, with pills and lean/ Sipping meds in the limousine/ Getting head, guillotine,” Em raps.
Trippie wasn’t the only artist referenced among the 20-track LP, with Em naming 50 Cent, Tyler, the Creator, 2 Chainz and more.
See Eminem’s full statement below.