Eminem has responded to critics who are calling for his “cancellation” due to the resurfacing of controversial lyric from his 2010 single “Live the Way You Lie,” by releasing an animated lyric video for “Tone Deaf.”
“I won’t stop even when my hair turns gray (I’m tone deaf)/ ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me,” Em tweeted when dropping the video, referencing a line from the track.
Eminem’s response follows a campaign on TikTok, where users argued that lines like “If she ever tries to f—ing leave again, I’m a tie her to the bed and set this house on fire,” from “Live the Way You Lie” glorify domestic abuse.
In his “Tone Deaf” video, Slim Shady takes viewers on a ride through his rocky past and refusal to water down his lyrics.
“I can’t understand a word you say (I’m tone-deaf)/ I think this way I prefer to stay (I’m tone-deaf)/ I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey (I’m tone-deaf)/ ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me/ Does Bill Cosby sedate once he treats the cheesecake and a decent steak?” he raps. “You think gettin’ rid of me’s a piece of cake? I’m harder than findin’ Harvey Weinstein a date.”
“Tone Deaf” is a track off Eminem’s 2020 LP Music to Be Murdered By – Side B.
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