Eminem has admitted that he might have gone “too far” when using the word “f****t” to diss Tyler, the Creator on his new album Kamikaze.
In the latest installment of his interview series with Sway Calloway, the Detroit rapper explained why he felt the need to take a shot at Tyler but showed regrets for using a homophobic slur.
In the track “Fall”, Eminem raps “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f****t, b***h.” The line received backlash from the LGBTQ community, as well as fans and critics. Bon Iver singer Justin Vernon, who features on the chorus, publically distanced himself from the song following its release.
“I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far,” Eminem said. “Because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it.”
The Grammy-winning artist explained, “It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.’” Before the album came out, Eminem muffled the slur by playing it backwards, but listeners were still able to hear what he said.
Eminem revealed the reason he dissed Tyler was because of a series of disparaging comments the “See You Again” rapper had made about his music. Em felt slighted after he had taken Tyler and his group Odd Future on tour and hung out with them.
“I was chalking it up to them being young and just kids,” he explained, “but at the same time, at what point do I just gotta keep taking this s**t?”
Elsewhere in the interview, Eminem confirmed that he was visited by the secret service after his criticism of Donald Trump, an incident which he refers to on album track “The Ringer.”
“They came to my studio, yeah,” he told Sway. “They were basically just asking questions about my lyrics to see what the intent was behind them and if I was making an actual threat or just expressing myself.”
Eminem also talks about collaborating with singer Jessie Reyez, what input Dr. Dre had on the new record, and shares his thoughts on the Colin Kaepernick situation.