On November 10, Eminem released of video of a new cypher (freestyling but not "battling") to support the new two-disc greatest hits compilation, Shady XV. And in news that surprised NO ONE, Eminem dropped many offensive lines, but one verse in particular that spread throughout the Internet like wildfire was his line in which Eminem raps he will "punch Lana Del Rey in the face," while also making a despicable parallel to the unfortunate act of domestic violence against Janay Rice by her husband, football player Ray Rice of the Ravens. The lyrics read as follows:
But I may fight for gay rights, especially if they dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice/Play nice? Bitch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in the plain sight of the elevator surveillance/'Til her head is banging on the railing, then celebrate with the Ravens
UGH. UGH. UGH. What else can I say? I know this isn't much of a surprise, considering Eminem has never particularly played nice with fellow celebrities (there's even a Wikipedia page dedicated to this fact), or anyone other than his daughter really, but this only sounds like a desperate act to remain relevant by falling back to his old, misogynistic ways. So is there a reason he chose Lana Del Rey in particular? Do they have a past, or is this just typical Eminem babble? I looked into the background and some possibilities.
She's actually a huge fan
Back in 2012, Del Rey said in an interview with RNB Junk in Milan that when she discovered Eminem for the first time, that he really "changed her life" because she didn't know that music "could be intelligent." She goes on to rave about him and declare how much she loves him. Was this where the star-crossed feud began?
He wants to be back in the news
Well, if Twitter and the rest of the Internet is any indication, mentioning you'd "punch Lana Del Rey" certainly roused up many heated opinions. Sounds like the old PR machine might just be getting back into gear. He does have that new compilation coming out, ahem.
Maybe he wants her to strike back
I'm maybe thinking too much into this, but when Eminem made repeated verbal disses on Mariah Carey about their supposed relationship, Carey shot back by writing her 2009 hit, "Obsessed," which was never outright said to be about Marshall Mathers, although the du-rag/hoodie wearing stalker look-alike in the video hinted otherwise. Del Rey has never been shy on singing about her wayward love affairs, so maybe this could be a time for her to take this negative press and use it as inspiration for herself.
Maybe he just needed something to rhyme
As much as I'm not a fan of his misogynistic lyrics and general persona (sorry, Eminem fans) sometimes when you're freestyling, things just come out. And I say this because I can't really find any concrete context for this specific call out to Lana Del Rey — like them ever even meeting. Maybe he is crushin' on her and is flirting with her in a really twisted way. I wouldn't put that past him, considering his past with Christina Aguilera, who he famously dissed after she apparently "rejected" him. Either way, none of it is really acceptable, because she wouldn't owe him anything.
At least we've got Azealia Banks on it
Because I doubt Del Rey will speak on this lyric specifically, the best thing to come out of this is one of Azealia Banks' Twitter rants, full of engaging and enlightening imagery. So, I leave you with this:
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