Eminem has proven once again that he’s a hit maker.
The rapper’s latest album, “Kamikaze,” is quickly rising to the top of the charts after its surprise release last week.
The Detroit native is currently on track for his album to debut No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The feat would mark Eminem’s ninth No. 1 album, according to Nielsen Music. His previous seven albums also debuted at No. 1. If Slim Shady pulls it off again, he’ll be the first artist in history with eight consecutive album entries in the top spot.
Across the pond, he’s on track to have his ninth straight British No. 1 album. Eminem currently shares the record for consecutive No. 1 albums with Led Zeppelin and ABBA, according to UK’s Official Chart.
“Kamikaze,” produced with his long-time collaborator Dr. Dre, is Eminem’s tenth studio album.
Controversy surrounds this album however, as it has homophobic slurs.
Album track “Fall” takes aim at acclaimed rapper Tyler, The Creator – who has been open about dating men and referenced his sexuality on 2017 album Flower Boy.
Eminem takes direct aim at his sexuality, rapping: “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch/It’s not just ’cause you like attention
“It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sac-rilegious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better.”
The track led to criticism of the rapper for resorting to homophobic slurs that have been increasingly eschewed by mainstream rappers over the past few years.
“Fall” also features Justin Vernon, the frontman of indie folk band Bon Iver.
The homophobic attack is far from the first time Eminem has come under fire for anti-gay lyrics.
Not against the LGBT community
Eminem has incongruously claimed previously that his use of anti-gay slurs such as “dyke” and “faggot” are not actually aimed at the LGBT community.
In a song titled “Criminal” on his second studio album. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem’s lyrics include: “My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge/ That’ll stab you in the head, whether you’re a fag or lez/ Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest/Pants or dress? Hate fags? The answer’s yes”.
The singer previously also came under fire for homophobic lyrics in his 2013 single “Rap God”.
He previously told Rolling Stone that he hadn’t used the words “fag” or “faggot” in a homophobic way, saying he hadn’t “really equated” they would come across that way.
He said: “That word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words . . .”
“Yeah. It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then.”
Many found it a hard line to believe though, with the very first verse talking about breaking “a mother****ing table over the back of a couple faggots and crack it in half,” before adding, “You fags think it’s all a game.”
ut “Rap God” continues: “Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy.
“You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy / ‘Oy vey, that boy’s gay,’ that’s all they say looking-boy.”
In 2015 he turned his fire on Caitlyn Jenner, rapping: “I invented prick, and that’s a true statement, I see the bitch in you, Caitlyn / I keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s dick.”
In 2010, Eminem came out in support of same-sex marriage, surprising many.
He said: “I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.
“It’s the new tolerant me! My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.”