Rap artists under fire on Twitter

Eminem has been accused of going too far in his latest ‘diss.’ In the 18 minute video, Shady Cxvpher, he says “I’ll punch Lana Del Rey in the face twice.” The video was released to promote his new album Shady XV, which comes out on November 24.

Eminem is known for his controversial lyrics and has never held back. He targets a range of celebrities in his tracks from Christina Aguilera to Bush, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey. His latest target is at Del Rey, a self-proclaimed Eminem fan.

Rapper Azealia Banks’ response to his lyrics was one of the biggest on Twitter;

Eminem’s lyrics are often violent, his infamous song Kim reflected his violent relationship with his ex-wife.

In Shady Cxvpher he goes on to say “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.” Ray Rice, NFL player is currently on suspension after CCTV footage in a lift showed him assaulting his fiancee.

Some fans recognise Eminem’s violent style;   

Younger fans aren’t used to Eminem’s celebrity ‘disses,’ and what’s new is the general public’s ability to voice their disapproval over Twitter. People have been tweeting their opinions of the rapper: “how can people still like him?;” “a man who needs a headline to sell a new record.”

Alex Leo, media personality, asked on Twitter: “can we really be mad at the man whose lyrical genius gave us ‘there’s vomit on his sweater already: mom’s spaghetti’?” When asked if she was surprised by the Lana Del Rey diss she said: “I was just mocking him for the misogynist that he is and taking him down a peg, I don’t have any real insights.”

Nicki Minaj has collaborated closely with Eminem in the past, on her track Roman’s Revenge. The artists rapped as their alter-egos Roman Zolanski and Slim Shady. “Every last woman on Earth I’ll kill off, and I still wouldn’t fuck you, slut so wipe the smile on your grill off,” is just another example of Eminem’s violent lyrics.

Her new album The Pinkprint will come out on December 15, featuring the hit singles Anaconda and her new song Only. Anaconda received a lot of attention because of its explicit content and visuals.

She is now facing a similar problem to Eminem with her latest hit, Only. She’s being hounded on Twitter and being reproached for her use of Nazi imagery. The video contains red flags, tank engines, gas masks and a distorted M which many say is the Swastika.

Nicki Minaj has apologised on Twitter after Abraham H. Foxman, Holocaust survivor and national director of the Anti-Defamation League told FOX411 that: “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism.” Lana Del Rey might not be expecting the same apology from Eminem, but Minaj apologised respectively: 

Jeff Osborne, Only director, has said on Myspace that he won’t apologise for the imagery, he thinks youth need to be reminded of the past and “the most effective way of connecting with people today is through social media and pop culture. So if my work is misinterpreted because it’s not a sappy tearjerker, sorry I’m not sorry. What else is trending?”


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