LOS ANGELES – Eminem has no problem spouting misogynistic and violent lyrics toward women, as his latest rap, directed at singer Lana Del Rey, which refers to the recent Ray Rice elevator abuse incident, proves.
In promoting his upcoming Shady Records compilation Shady XV, the rap superstar takes the stage and freestyles that he would “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.”
Katie Ray-Jones, the CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, told FOX411 such lyrics do not help.
"Minimizing domestic violence and sexual assault further numbs our culture’s perception of these critical issues," she said. "We need to continue to reinforce that violence in a relationship is never okay. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”
The rapper got in similar trouble in the late 90’s when he released the song “Kim,” directed toward his ex-wife, which contained the disturbing words: “Come on get out (I can't I'm scared) I said get out b**ch! (Let go of my hair, please don't do this baby… Please I love you, look we can just take Hailie and leave) F**k you, you did this to us.”
While it’s unclear just how off-the-cuff Eminem’s comments toward Del Rey really were – and also if there is any beef between them – in a 2012 Billboard interview, the songstress gushed that she “f**king loves Eminem” and called him “the master of lyrics.”
Some argue that Eminem uses his artistic freedom to illuminate such uncomfortable topics, and is doing it simply to initiate dialogue.
“In the past he was notoriously known to use the gay stander word on numerous accounts and when people feared he was homophobic he showed his love for openly gay artist Elton John and the preformed live together on live television,” noted Allen Forrest, CEO/Founder of the independent music label M.Republik Music Group. “This was a time when America or the world wasn't as open minded as we are now. Marshall continues to push visual boundaries with his lyrical metaphors but I'm sure like any parent if Haley was treated in any manner other then proper then you would see a literal side of Eminem.
A rep for Del Rey did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and she has yet to address the dig. However, Eminem has a long history of verbal jabs toward popular pop stars such as Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, both of who shot back with musical retaliations of their own.
Carey came out with the hit “Obsessed,” with lyrics like “you so, so lame and no one here even mentions your name. It must be the weed, it must be the E. 'Cause you be poppin' hood, you get it poppin'.” Aguilera came out with “Shut Up, Eminem” – a parody of his “The Real Slim Shady” – in which she sang: “The world's had enough of Eminem, even his girlfriend’s cheatin on him. Look at him walkin’ around, livin’ off Dre, actin’ so cool but he’s really kind of weak though.”
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