In a new cypher in support of the upcoming Shady Records compilation Shady XV, Eminem freestyles that he would “punch Lana Del Rey,” and then makes a simile comparing the brutality to the recent Ray Rice controversy. Click here to watch the full video, and watch the isolated line below:
Eminem takes the stage in the group freestyle video after Shady standouts like Royce Da 5’9” and Yelawolf, and the Lana Del Rey line comes less than a minute after a derogatory lyric about Anderson Cooper’s sexuality. The full line about Del Rey is transcribed below:
“But I may fight for gay rights, especially if they dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice/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.”
Eminem is referencing the February assault of Janay Rice by her then-fiancee, Ray Rice, a star running back of the Baltimore Ravens. Following the release of an elevator surveillance video of the assault by TMZ in September, Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
In a 2012 interview, Del Rey stated, “I f—ing love Eminem” and gushed that the Detroit MC was “the master of lyrics.” Of course, Eminem is no stranger to taking potshots at female pop artists, having lyrically dismissed Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey many times over.