In his new freestyle rap video (released Monday, Nov. 10) "SHADYXV - THE CXVPHER," controversial rapper Eminem throws some MAJOR punches at songstress Lana Del Rey while referencing the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy.
In his verse, he raps: "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."
Obviously, many find this jab offensive. Violence against women is a huge problem in our country, including on college campuses and in professional sports. However, is Eminem's lyrical vulgarity really that surprising? After all, this is the same rapper who took shots at other female singers, like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey back in the day. Clearly, no one is off limits to Eminem even though they should be.
The sad thing about this whole situation is the fact that the "West Coast" singer seems--maybe it's "seemed" now--to be a fan of the rapper. In a 2012 interview, Del Rey said, "I f*cking love Eminem" because he taught her music can come from a real place.
The track released reportedly in support of Eminem's Shady Records compilation. If he was looking for a lot of publicity, he certainly got it.