Rihanna & Eminem for the veterans
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Rihanna was in Washington, DC last night performing at the Concert for Valor to commemorate Veterans Day. This outfit is sick - a black sequined bodysuit under a black sequined cape and a glorious neckpiece to take it to the next level. She looks incredible.
At one point, Eminem came on stage to join her.
Have you heard about his freestyle released earlier this week? It’s to promote Shady XV. And at one point he drops a homophobic lyric about Anderson Cooper and then follows it up with a reference to Ray Rice beating on his wife, comparing it to how he might punch Lana Del Ray. And if you’re an Eminem apologiser, you’d say it was a commentary on domestic violence. Or you could say that it’s a reference to Lana’s Ultraviolence.
Or he just ran out of words to rhyme.
Or he’s just dropping the same old sh-t, the same creative themes, he’s been dropping for almost 20 years.
Can you call yourself a master MC when you keep recycling your own material? When it sounds too often during your live shows lately that you’ve been lipsynching? I get that the defence here is that satire should be subtle…but for a man who has raised three daughters, violence against women isn’t an issue that should come with an interpretation requirement, or used as a let’s-be-controversial-on-purpose promotional tool for a new project. It’s almost like he’s worried he’s getting old and irrelevant. Are you, Eminem?