Eminem Promises to Never Compromise His Art in ‘Tone Deaf’ Video

2021-03-08

Eminem, "Music to be Murdered By" album cover.

Eminem, “Music to be Murdered By” album cover – Story by Anne Erickson

Eminem fights back against Gen Z TikTok users who wans to “cancel” him in a new lyric video for “Tone Deaf,” promising that he’ll never compromise his art to please the public

Eminem has released a new music video for the song “Tone Deaf,” as a response to a social media campaign from Generation Z TikTok users who wanted to “cancel” the Detroit rap artist because of some of his controversial lyrics.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper posted some of the song’s lyrics on Twitter, along with the release of a clip of the lyric video, stating, “I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey (I’m tone-deaf) / ‘Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me.” Watch the full video below.

The TikTok controversy started back in February, when a TikTok user part of the Gen Z generation dissed Eminem’s 2010 chart-topper “Love The Way You Lie,” citing the glorification of toxic relationships and domestic violence. The hit song, which features pop vocalist Rihanna, tells the tale of being stuck in an abusive relationship and the complex feelings of love and hate in it. Eminem and Rihanna released the track following their own abusive relationships, Rihanna with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and Eminem with ex-wife Kim Scott.

In “Tone Deaf,” Eminem says that’s he’ll never fold to public pressure when it comes to creating his art. He also jokingly calls out his alter ego, Slim Shady, for the controversial rhymes.

The Gen Z generation loosely includes people born between the mid-1990s to the early 2010s. The generation has also taken to TikTok to dispute some millennial generation conventions, such as the side part, with Gen Z claiming the middle part is in vogue, and skinny jeans, with Gen Z saying the skinny jeans trend is over.

In other news, one of Eminem’s most recognizable songs, “Lose Yourself,” recently surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify. The song was the debut single from the soundtrack of his 2002 autobiographical movie, “8 Mile,” and scored him an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)


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