Eminem Raps About Raping Iggy Azalea: Why? WHY?

Eminem rape lyrics

Let me start this by saying that I am a huge Eminem fan. Yes, it’s probably a little ridiculous that a 40-year-old mom of two who drives an SUV and owns an actual apron (to be fair, it is a really cute apron) knows almost every single Eminem song by heart, but there it is. I also love Taylor Swift’s new album, so what can I do but quote Walt Whitman: I am large, I contain multitudes. Anyway, it’s equally ridiculous to call Em out for the simple fact that he’s making controversy — that is pretty much his raison d'être — but his latest song lyrics are really pushing the limits of what’s acceptable.

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Eminem isn’t exactly a warm fuzzy rapper: his lyrics are explicit, violent, and drop all sorts of references you don’t want your kids listening to. That’s why I wait to put him on full volume until I’m driving away from school dropoff. But despite his famous never-ending beef with his ex-wife and the various obnoxious things he’s rapped about Mariah Carey, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Kim Kardashian, I’ve never really thought of him as a true-blue misogynist.

I guess that probably sounds naive. (Or flat-out stupid.) He’s been more than forthcoming with rude names and phrases over the years, but I suppose I always thought of it as his way of blowing off steam more than a bone-deep hatred for women. Or maybe I just never wanted to spend too much time thinking about it, because I’m such a fan of his music.

Still, his recent lyrics ... well, let’s take a look. First he made headlines when he attacked singer Lana Del Rey in a recently released music video. Here’s what he raps about her:

Play nice? Bitch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in the plain sight of the elevator surveillance,
’Til her head is banging on the railing, then celebrate with the Ravens

This is an extra bummer given the fact that Del Ray was so complimentary about his influence on her music back in 2012:

He really changed my life. I didn’t know music could be intelligent. He wasn’t just rhyming for rhyme’s sake. That made me think I could actually talk about the way things actually were. He’s a genius.

Oof. Del Ray hasn’t addressed his comments, but 23-year-old rapper/singer Azealia Banks spoke out in support via Twitter:


Now there’s a fresh wave of outrage as people react to an alleged snippet from Em's upcoming SHADY XV compilation, which has leaked online. It name-checks both Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj, with Iggy getting the full brunt of his contempt. Warning, we’re about to get in Very Bad Language Territory:

Bitch shut the fuck up and get in my car
And suck my fucking dick while I take a shit
You’re lucky just to follow my ride
If I let you run alongside the Humvee
Unless you’re Nicki
Grab you by the wrist, let’s ski
So, what’s it gon’ be?
Put that shit away, Iggy
You don't wanna blow that rape whistle on me
Scream! I love it. 'Fore I get lost with the gettin' off

Well. Yeah. I ... yeah. Wow.

Okay, this IS Eminem. He says horrible shit in his songs. Remember this from “Kill You”?

Just bend over and take it like a slut, okay Ma?
"Oh, now he's raping his own mother, abusing a whore
Snorting coke, and we gave him the Rolling Stone cover?"
You're goddamn right bitch, and now it's too late
I'm triple platinum and tragedies happened in two states
I invented violence, you vile venomous volatile bitches

So I cannot sit here and be shocked by what he’s rapping in his latest song. He’s always been like this. This is nothing new. I find some of his lyrics personally inspiring (“Lose Yourself,” “Not Afraid”) and I admire the way he can be so honest in his music, whether he’s delving into his own emotional turmoil, his battles with addiction, his recovery from loss, or his deep-seated anger that’s never stopped smoldering over the years.

But I guess I’m still somehow surprised by this. He’s raising three young women: his biological child Hailie, his adopted niece Alaina, and his ex-wife’s daughter Whitney from a previous relationship. Isn’t it time he channeled his phenomenal talent in a direction that doesn’t include references to raping fellow female musicians?

How can I buy his latest album when I disagree with the way he’s using his words? Isn’t that hypocritical? I don’t know where I stand. I know I was really, really looking forward to Shady XV ... but now I’m not sure how I feel.

Where do you stand on this issue? Are you an Eminem fan, and if so, how do you reconcile your reaction to his envelope-pushing lyrics with your appreciation for his music?


Image via Eminem.com

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