Kale Brown, only surviving Todd Kohlhepp victim, reacts to Eminem's 'Kamikaze' - "People will feel a flash of Kala's struggle"

In an email sent to The Greenville News via a spokeswoman earlier, Brown opened up about the reference. And if her words are any indication, there's no bad blood involved.


                            Kale Brown, only surviving Todd Kohlhepp victim, reacts to Eminem's 'Kamikaze' -  "People will feel a flash of Kala's struggle"

Unless you are living under a rock, the storm that Eminem's latest album, 'Kamikaze' has stirred up shouldn't come as much of news. Keeping in tune with his signature style, the 'Rap God' hitmaker has not only taken direct shots at people - including fellow rapper Machine Gun Kelly in the track "Not Alike" - but also has added clever references, alluding to the Todd Kohlhepp survivor.

Referencing Kala Brown, the only survivor who was reported to have been rescued from Kohlhepp, the serial killer, Eminem raps in "The Ringer": "I'm off the chain like Kala Brown." Indeed a clever allusion to the shocking incident taking place in the early 2000s, the particular line, however, has made it to the headlines now, courtesy of Brown herself.

Recording artist Eminem performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Recording artist Eminem performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

 

In an email sent to The Greenville News via a spokeswoman earlier, Brown opened up about the reference. And if her words are any indication, there's no bad blood involved. 

"[The reference] was a clever line that rhymed and we'd like to leave it at that," Jenny Dial, the spokeswoman said, explaining that Brown took no offense at the apparent reference to her name. "Given we fully know and understand Eminem's style of rap music, it can come off a little unnerving, but she does not want to take offense or feel as if he is attacking her personally."

According to reports, Brown was found chained in a metal shipping container - discovered in Kohlhepp's property in Woodruff, South Carolina - just two months after she went missing. While Kohlhepp was accused of murder - he eventually admitted to killing at least seven people - Brown went on to reveal how she was raped "everyday, twice a day" and that she even saw Kohlhepp kill her boyfriend. 

"Everyone expresses themselves in their own way," read Brown's statement about Eminem's latest track reference, "and if anything, people will always feel a flash of Kala's struggle when hearing that line."

While Brown's response, if not completely positive, has been quite neutral, other critics of the Kamikaze artist hasn't been all too kind on him. For instance, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, who is one of the critics to have called out Eminem publicly since the album debut. 

"It's never OK to say a word that is filled with hate. I don't care what year you were born in or what meaning it has to you. If it contributes to hate and bigotry then it is hateful. Period," Reynolds shared via Twitter. "There is never an OK time to say the word fa**ot. I don't care who you are."