The backlash from Eminem's 'Kamikaze' was unwarranted
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He says that he laid down the hook whilst recording in a studio session with producer Mike Will Made It, and was not present when Eminem rapped over the beat with his hook on it. If we were to take that to be true, then what that means is that somebody who is as experienced in the music industry as Vernon is, somebody as high calibre as he is, is just laying down vocals randomly over beats and allowing the producers to have all creative control over his artistic work with no further input. He is just letting somebody else do whatever the hell they want with his talent, with his brand, even. If that sounds ridiculous it’s because it is ridiculous: there is no way somebody who has been around as long as Vernon has, is making such naive rookie errors. Vernon is trying to make himself remain as the good guy in this scenario because he got scared of the backlash that was to come, and it is so easy to see through that PR façade that it is laughable. And if it is the case that Vernon did just loosely drop a hook, then it is his own fault that he has ended up in this predicament. Since the backlash escalated, Vernon has since tweeted that they should "kill" the track.
Was not in the studio for the Eminem track... came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it. Thanks for listening to BRM https://t.co/E0wmt732ty— blobtower (@blobtower) August 31, 2018
The backlash that Eminem is getting reflects upon how incredibly over-sensitive the culture of today is. The response to him saying the derogatory term towards Tyler should not have been along the lines of ‘washed up rapper uses outdated slurs to sell albums’, since this is Eminem we are talking about and he does not need this kind of controversy to sell an album: his album went to number one immediately on the iTunes charts, and 6 of the top 10 singles right now are songs off his album. What the response should have been is more along the lines of ‘Eminem responds to Tyler’s criticism with a weak bar’, because that is all that it was: a weak bar, which he then followed up with something wittier with the wordplay on “sacrilegious” or “sack-religious”- crude yet witty, classic Shady. Ultimately, this is hip-hop and this is art, specifically Eminem’s art; brash, direct and abrasive. The theme of the album is Eminem responding to people who trash talked his last album, and Tyler falls into that group. So, Eminem loosely making a stray, stupid joke referencing Tyler’s sexuality should not be taken to be as serious or as controversial as it has been, especially considering that Tyler himself is not exactly shy of the term being used.
I was wrong and we are gonna kill this track— blobtower (@blobtower) August 31, 2018