Eminem makes headlines AGAIN

Album cover is also seen as controversial


Album cover is also seen as controversial

Vaness Castillo

It’s the beginning of a new year and Eminem surprised us all with a new album. On Jan. 17, 2020 American rapper Marshall Bruce Mathers III (aka Eminem) released his surprise album “Music To Be Murdered By.” The 20-song studio album has little snippets of English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most extensively studied and influential filmmakers in cinema history. According to a Tweet by Eminem, the musician was inspired by Hitchcock, who was famous for creating movies about murder and mystery. But Eminem made several other movie references, with allusions to “8 Mile,” “Godzilla,” “The Usual Suspects,” and many more.

But beyond his homage to the cinema, Eminem created quite a bit of controversy with one of the songs on his album called “Darkness.” In the song, he raps the lines, ‘as I slide the clip in from the inside the hotel / Leanin’ out the window, going Keyser Söze.” If you don’t get the reference, Keyser Söze was the lead bad guy from “The Usual Suspects,” but things get a little more unsettling when listeners realize that he is singing from the perspective of the shooter behind the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, one of the deadliest shootings committed by a single individual in the United States.

Eminem is widely known for having controversial songs out. One of the more well known songs that supposedly went too far was“‘97 Bonnie and Clyde.” In the song, Eminem is with his daughter Hailie Jade, and he’s practically talking to her about how he killed his ex-wife Kimberly Anne Scott. Though he doesn’t come right out and say so, murder is definitely insinuated with the lyrics “…and mama said she wants to show how far she can float/and don’t worry about that little boo-boo on her throat/It’s just a little scratch, it don’t hurt.” Another verse in the song is, “Mama’s too sweepy to hear you screamin’ in her ear/that’s why you can’t get her to wake, but don’t worry/Da-da made a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake/Here, you wanna help da-da tie a rope around this rock?/We’ll tie it to her footsie then we’ll roll her off the dock.” Eminem released the song in 1999 on “The Slim Shady LP.” Slim Shady is actually a character that Eminem created for the more “dark/evil/creatively sick part” of his music. 

With Darkness” having such graphic details about the Las Vegas mass shooting, listeners are quite shocked with the song. The track includes audio of screaming and shots being fired in a crowd throughout the song, and the ending features several sound bytes from news stations’ reports of the mass shootings happening after 2017. With verses about scopes, guns and references to mixing drugs and alcohol; the song has made some headlines.

Usually, I am not one to condone mixing alcohol and drugs (or using anything at all), but this song kind of gives a new perspective to shooters. Now I am not saying that I agree with mass shooters, but the track gives almost an inside look as to how shooter Stephen Paddock was feeling or thinking. A lot of the shooters may not feel this way, but with how Eminem psychoanalyzed the Las Vegas shooter, I thought it was one of the better songs on the album. That being said, it is one of the better tracks because not a lot of artists use creativity like this. Artists don’t go for such graphic approaches for their projects, but Eminem did a very good job to try and get the point across to stop gun violence. With that being said, I would recommend giving the track a listen and sharing it so conversations can start on gun violence.