Following the surprise release of Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By, Shady faced heavy criticism for some of his choices when it came to lyrical content. The Detroit native penned a response to listeners on Thursday (Jan. 23), explaining the method to his madness.
“This album was not made for the squeamish,” he wrote. “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.”
Notably, Em brought up the One Love Manchester bombing that killed 22 people at the 2017 Ariana Grande concert on the track “Unacccommodating,” which quickly found him in hot water online last week. Despite all of the polarizing content matter, Eminem is headed for another No. 1 debut atop the Billboard 200 with Music To Be Murdered By.
Find the message below.