Eminem admits he went "too far" with homophobic diss at Tyler, the Creator
"I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it," Eminem says in reference to the homophobic slur he used agains Tyler, the Creator in his latest LP 'Kamikaze'.
Eminem is the latest guest in a multi-part interview series with Sway, marking his first interview since dropping his controversial surprise album 'Kamikaze' recently. In the first two installments of the interview, we saw the prolific rapper discuss the negative critical reception of his previous album 'Revival', the reason for the diss track aimed at Machine Gun Kelly, and his BET awards freestyle among other things.
In the third installment of the interview series, Eminem discussed his homophobic disses against Tyler, the Creator on the Kamikaze album-cut 'Fall', in which Em raps: “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f****t, b****.”
“I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far,” Eminem admitted.
“Because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it. ... It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.’”
Eminem also explained his reasons for the controversial diss, admitting that he was first ruffled by Tyler’s disparaging tweets about 2014’s ‘Shady XV’. Back then, Tyler took a shot at Eminem on Twitter, saying: "if you still follow Eminem, you drink way too much Mountain Dew.”
“I was like, really? What the fuck,” Eminem said. “You guys were just on tour with us, we hung out, we kicked it, made jokes.” Eminem added that his “breaking point” came when Tyler criticized his Beyoncé collaboration 'Walk on Water.'
Elsewhere in the interview, Eminem confirmed that he really did receive a visit from Trump’s Secret Service following Eminem’s BET Hip-Hop Awards freestyle cypher about Trump. Em had alluded to the incident on the Kamikaze opener 'The Ringer' in which he raps: 'Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service / To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin' him / Or ask if I'm linked to terrorists / I said, 'Only when it comes to ink and lyricists.'"
“They (The Secret Service) came to my studio, yeah,” Eminem admitted.
“They were basically just asking questions about my lyrics to see what the intent was behind them and if I was making an actual threat or just expressing myself.”
Watch part three of Eminem's interview series with Sway below: