Dover, DE – Eminem isn’t backing down following criticism for his use of a “gunshot sound effect” at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Slim Shady used the pyrotechnic concussion once again during his performance at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival on Saturday (June 16). But this time around, he had a warning message for fans.
“If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics, you shouldn’t be here,” the message reads.
— kenny ♨️ (@phillycustoms) June 17, 2018
— Eminem News (@Eminem_News__) June 17, 2018
Eminem was criticized on social media last week for using the pyrotechnic concussion at the Bonnaroo Festival. Some attendees said they were scared by the “gunshot sound” due to the regularity of mass shootings in the U.S.
Paul Rosenberg, the longtime manager of Eminem, later responded to the controversy by clarifying what the noise was and noted its frequent use in Slim Shady’s live shows.
“Contrary to inaccurate reports, @Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show,” Rosenberg wrote on Instagram. “The effect used by Eminem in his set at @bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”
Eminem has seemingly been unphased by it all, even having some fun with another polarizing part of his performances ahead of the Firefly Festival gig.
In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the rap superstar joked about performing his entire set in the accents that frustrate some of his listeners.
Every Song from Kanye West's New Album Is Charting
Kanye West is making history with his much-buzzed-about eighth studio album ye!
With his latest full body of work, West celebrates his eighth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Plus, all seven tracks from ye have landed on the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Quite the streak he has going on here.
“Yikes” is the highest charting single off the new record, coming in at No. 8 and earning the rapper his 16th top 10 hit. With this accomplishment, he ties Nicki Minaj for the sixth-most top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 among rappers.
Madonna leads all acts with 38 top 10s. And, as far as rappers go, Drake holds the record with 26, followed by JAY-Z with 21, Lil Wayne with 20, Ludacris with 18 and Eminem with 17.
West has some serious bragging rights, with 48 total top 40s on the Hot 100. Check out the iconic chart’s greatest rulers below and listen to ye right here.
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Eminem's Team Responds To Controversial Use of "Gunshot Sounds" At Bonnaroo
Eminem‘s headlining Bonnaroo performance is making headlines after fans claim realistic sounding gun shot
“effects” rang out during his set. The startlingly loud noises scared at least a few members of the audience and even caused some to duck for cover. But the rapper’s camp isn’t taking fault — not by a long shot.
Amid the backlash, Eminem’s rep is speaking out, going as far to say this is borderline fake news:
“Contrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show. The effect used by Eminem in his set at Bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”
It’s a scary world we live in, so the fact that anyone felt uncomfortable during Eminem’s live show is unsettling. However, the rapper’s rep makes a good case. Another good point to note: the rapper recently closed out Coachella with his signature set and we didn’t hear similar complaints.
It’s not uncommon for gun shots to be used in all sorts of genres of music, from trap, to g-house, to dubstep, and of course, hip hop. However, we see both sides here, especially if the pyrotechnics intentionally mimicked the sound of gun shots fired.
Where do we draw the line here? There’s definitely a gray area. Let us know what you think — sound off in the comments.
Eminem Starts Panic At Bonnaroo with Use of Terrifyingly Realistic Gun Shot Sounds [VIDEO]
A number of music fans at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this weekend were extremely put off by Eminem‘s use of realistic gun shot effects during his set. And, many of those people have been sounding off on Twitter ever since.
The noise had some running and ducking for cover, while others knew this was a signature part of Eminem’s set, heard particularly towards the ending of his classic original “Kill You.” There’s no denying, the rapper’s lyrics have always been violent, vulgar, and borderline offensive — so should he change in light of recent events?
Em’s use of gun shots do come off as quite tone def for the occasion. Especially considering many of Bonnaroo’s attendees may not be as familiar with the Saturday headliner’s material as his OG fans are. On the other hand, it’s Slim Shady we’re talking about here. The rapper recently closed out Coachella and we didn’t hear similar complaints.
It’s not uncommon for gun shots to be used in all sorts of genres of music, from trap, to g-house, to dubstep, and of course, hip hop. However, we see both sides here — especially if the gun shots sounded as authentic as these fans claim.
See what Twitter has to say and check out the clip below… What do you think?
Eminem “Gun Shots” at Bonnaroo
have u ever heard an eminem album…or a rap song………
— Laia (@onlyslimshady) June 10, 2018
I think you're being a bit overly sensitive about it. Eminem made a living from violent, offensive music. It's what he does. Asking Eminem not to have gun sounds is like having Billy Joel play Piano Man without a harmonica.
— Joshua Coe (@jtcoe01) June 10, 2018
the thing is, your crowd is oddly enough the only crowd that has complained about this. so
— shady logan (@agblogan) June 10, 2018
— Adam Coates (@AdamCoatesss) June 10, 2018
Not for nothing this isn’t the first festival Eminem has performed this year. No one cared/complained about the gunshot sound effects until little miss princess andrea russett and her friend did. LMAO
— babye (@gen_natt) June 10, 2018
If you can’t handle a sound of a gunshot, do not go to an Eminem concert Andrea Russett
— Shay (@HerShayness) June 10, 2018
Honestly, fuck Eminem. Added gunshots to his set. Had to leave. So disgusting and distasteful. Shame on you.
— Bella Lowery (@helloitsbella) June 10, 2018
coming from a performing stand point, i get the effect of sound effects on stage, but there’s a certain point that cross’s the line. i’m one of eminem’s number 1 fans but to hear 3 gun shots coming straight from his set had me scared af. not gonna lie. especially in this world…
— M (@macykatemusic) June 10, 2018
are y’all really that mad at eminem over a song from 2002 that has a gun sound effect
— j (@arcticsnessa) June 10, 2018
Eminem has ended Kill You with the gun shot effects for (at least) 6 years now and this is the first time someone ever complains
— Laia (@onlyslimshady) June 10, 2018
Eminem – Bonnaroo 2018
— EMINEM_TOUR_UPDATES (@Eminemreviv1) June 10, 2018
Eminem's Daughter Hailie Jade Gives Super Rare Interview Post "Revival"by Trent ClarkInstagram/Hailie Scott1
Detroit, MI – Since the inception of his career, Eminem has allowed fans to live vicariously through his viewpoint as a parent.
Anyone who has ever picked up an album from the rap legend (who’s sold more singles from said albums than any other rapper in history) knows the name Hailie Jade very well.
As the lone biological child of the 45-year-old Slim Shady, Hailie Jade has been name-dropped in all of his studio albums (she even performed on 2002’s The Eminem Show) but has kept a very low profile. Especially for that of a 22-year-old with nearly one million Instagram followers.
The recent Michigan State University graduate, who studied psychology (and was “on the Dean’s List or whatever”) offered the Daily Mail a few answers in a scrupulously curated interview in wake of her next steps of adulthood.
When asked what was next on her horizon, Hailie Jade replied, “I’m not sure yet, it’s kind of up in the air, still” and also pinpointed who constantly targeted her natural beauty in hopes of making millions off her modeling.
“Not so much [by] magazines, but companies who work with them,” she revealed. But she did admit to leaving a window open when it comes to becoming a famous “influencer.”
Daily Mail also reports that the Mathers family modesty runs deep in her veins. She lives in a nondescript four-bedroomed home in Detroit and regularly visits her mom and half-siblings Whitney and Parker (who live close by).
The sole Eminem question revolved around her relationship with her famous pops, which was met with a fairly “duh” response: “Of course, we are very close.”
During his last go-around on the album front, Eminem dedicated most of the subject matter of the Revival cut, “Arose” to his fleeting relationship with his daughter as he envisioning dying.
And for any “Stan” out there daydreaming about becoming Eminem’s son-in-law, it may be time to wake up. Hailie Jade has been in a relationship with her college sweetheart Evan McClintock for over two years and Mr. Mathers is reportedly giving the union the thumbs up.
Kanye West Streams Album Listening Party On WAV Appby Kyle EusticeHipHopDX/Cindy Barrymore @cindybarrymore
Jackson Hole, WY – Love him or hate him, Kanye West is hours away from releasing his first solo album since 2016’s The Life Of Pablo. Ahead of its Friday (June 1) release, West is holding a two-hour listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he’s been piecing the project together over the last several months.
‘Ye announced the listening party will be streamed on the WAV app Twitter on Thursday night (May 31).
“Download the @WAV_Media app to watch the livestream of my album listening tonight in Jackson hole, Wyoming,” he wrote.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 1, 2018
According to several social media posts, a small group of journalists, DJs and producers — including Def Jam Recordings co-founder and frequent West collaborator Rick Rubin, Eminem’s manager and Def Jam Chairman/CEO Paul Rosenberg and Charlamagne Tha God — were flown to Jackson Hole to attend the exclusive, late-minute event.
Wyoming Listening Session today (Kanye's new album) pic.twitter.com/wf2hX24Yl5
— KANYE SQUAD (@KanyeSquad) May 31, 2018
The listening party on the WAV App begins at 7 p.m. PST.
Find HipHopDX on WAV here.
50 Cent Calls Ja Rule An “Uber Driver” For Bringing Up “Loose Change” Dissby Kyle EusticeStephen Lovekin/Getty Images
50 Cent returned a jab to Ja Rule on Thursday (May 31) after the former Murder Inc. rapper inserted himself into the Pusha T/Drake beef.
In a Twitter post, Ja Rule wrote, “Drake, Push ima let y’all finish but ‘Loose Change” was one of the most disrespectful diss records of ALL TIME.”
Drake, Push ima let y’all finish but “Loose Change” was one of the most disrespectful diss records of ALL TIME… 😩😂🤣😭🐐
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) May 31, 2018
Naturally, the Power executive responded with an Instagram post, captioning a screenshot of Ja Rule’s post with, “Yo look at this. this nigga still think he in it. look at me fool, I’m the reason you driving a Uber you bum ass nigga. LMAO get the strap.”
Ja Rule replied to Fiddy with, “I see I still get under your skirt @50cent lmao…” but that’s where it ended (for now).
I see I still get under your skirt @50cent lmao… 😩😭🤣😂
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) May 31, 2018
The song Ja Rule is referring to was released in 2003 and took aim at 50 and his “peons,” as well as Dr. Dre and Eminem.
The drama between 50 and Ja Rule stretches back decades. 50 said the feud started in 1999 after Ja Rule saw him with a man he says robbed him of his jewelry. But Ja Rule claimed it actually popped off during a video shoot in Queens that sparked jealously from the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ OG, which led to a confrontation and 50 getting stabbed multiple times.
The feud supposedly came to an end in 2011 but was reignited in January after 50 Cent publicly dissed Ja Rule on Big Boy’s Neighborhood.
Relive Ja Rule’s “Loose Change” 50 Cent diss” down below.
Pusha T Replacing BROCKHAMPTON At Governors Ballby Riley WallaceNeilson Barnard/Getty Images for adidas
Following what has been a rough weekend for Hip Hop boy band BROCKHAMPTON, it has now been confirmed that G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T will be replacing them on an already stacked lineup at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York this Saturday (June 2).
we are excited to announce that @PUSHA_T will now be playing the american eagle stage at 5:45pm saturday night! brockhampton will no longer be playing the festival this weekend. pic.twitter.com/xDLQVq8xTG
— The Governors Ball (@GovBallNYC) May 29, 2018
Joining a Saturday schedule headlined by Travis Scott, and featuring sets by 2 Chainz and the ever-illusive Hip Hop unicorn Jay Electronica, Push is serving as the official replacement for the critically acclaimed group following the formal departure of Ameer Vann amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The group announced the cancellation of the remaining dates on its US tour over the weekend.
Eminem, Lil Uzi Vert, Conway The Machine & Westside Gunn, Post Malone, and many more are also scheduled to hit the stage this weekend.
Eminem: "Val Kilmer Saw Me Naked"by Henry MansellInstagram/eminem
Boston, MA – Eminem has been increasingly active on social media since announcing he was taking control of his accounts in early April.
Em continued this trend on Monday (May 28) when he hit Instagram to recall the time Val Kilmer saw him naked in 2009 or 2010.
“This is like a confessional,” he said. “I have something on my mind that’s been bothering me for years, and I will tell you a little story.”
Unable to recall the exact specifics, Em says the incident went down at either the VMAs or the MTV Movie Awards.
“My trailer was next door to 50 [Cent]’s trailer,” he continued. “I went to the back to go change for stage and as I’m taking off my underwear, I look across in 50’s trailer, right even with me, is Val Kilmer sitting like this in a chair. And I know he’s looking at me, and I know he looked away because he saw me looking at him. I know Val Kilmer saw me naked. I just had to get that off my chest.”
Eminem is currently busy headlining festivals across North America, including Boston Calling this past weekend, as well as Governors Ball and Bonnaroo next month.
Em will then head across the pond for his nine-date “Revival Tour” in Europe, beginning in Norway on June 30 and wrapping up with two dates in London on July 14 and July 15.
Eminem Tells Festival Crowd He Wants To Date Nicki Minajby Danielle HarlingInstagram/eminem
Although it was assumed that rappers Nicki Minaj and Eminem were joking when they “confirmed” their relationship on social media last week, Em recently took the opportunity to shoot his shot with Nicki in front of a crowd of hundreds.
During his performance at the Boston Calling Music Festival over the weekend, the Detroit rhymer was immediately met with cheers from the audience when he asked if they want him to date Nicki.
“How many people in Boston want me to date Nicki Minaj? Well, God dammit me too. Nicki, if you get this message just text me later. We’ll talk about it,” Eminem said during his set.
The dating rumors began when a fan on Instagram asked if Nicki was dating Eminem, who the Queens lyricist namedrops on YG’s recently released “Big Bank.”
Minaj simply replied with “yes” and Em soon chimed in, stating “girl you know it’s true.”
Due to the exchange between the two, a number of entertainment outlets reported Minaj and Eminem were in fact dating. But outside of their back-and-forth on Instagram, there haven’t been any other references to a romantic relationship.
Sources close to Minaj also cleared things up with TMZ on Friday (May 25), saying she was “only joking.”