Eminem got everybody talking Friday as he dropped his new album Music to Be Murdered By.
The surprise release, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 record of the same name, doesn’t shy away from controversy, with tracks such as “Unaccommodating” sparking quite the reaction online.
Eminem references Salman Ramadan Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert in 2017, in the song.
He raps, “But I’m contemplating yelling ‘Bombs away’ on the game like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.”
This isn’t the first time Eminem, who previously asked fans to donate to the Manchester victims and their families following the bombing, has referenced the attack. He was also criticized for mentioning it in a 2018 freestyle battle rap.
See some of the reaction below.
Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett died in the attack, also criticized the track:
Eminem’s 11th LP also features collaborations with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Skylar Grey, Anderson .Paak and the late Juice WRLD.
Marshall Mathers dropped his music video for the track “Darkness” to accompany the surprise album release, in which he includes footage from some of the recent mass shootings in the U.S.
He encourages the people of America to do something about gun control at the end of the clip, asking: “When will this end?”