Eminem has addressed the controversial response to his new album 'Music To Be Murdered By', writing a letter to the ‘gentle listeners’ who were offended by a particular lyric.
The lyrics in question featured on his song 'Unaccommodating', which people believed made light of the 2017 Manchester terror attack, in which 22 people were murdered – and many more injured – during an Ariana Grande concert.
The lyrics read: "But I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game / like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting."
Responding to the criticism, the rapper posted on his Instagram account yesterday, stating: "Gentle Listener, in today’s wonderful world murder has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it. I thought why not make a sport of it and murder over beats? So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain.
"This album was not made for the squeamish. If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you. Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us.
"So you see, murder in this instance isn’t always literal, nor pleasant. These bars are only meant for the sharpest knives in the drawer. For the victims of the album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight! With deepest sympathy, Eminem."
Since posting the letter yesterday, he's racked up almost 1 million likes (at the time of writing), with the majority of his fans applauding him for the sentiment – while only a handful of people are still criticising him for it.
What do you think about the lyrics? And what do you make of his response? Music To Be Murdered By is available to stream on all platforms now.