Eminem is being criticized for lyrics in which he threatens to punch Lana Del Reyin the face and references disgraced NFL star Ray Rice’s domestic abuse of wifeJanay Rice. The controversial words come from Eminem’s portion of the “SHADY CXVPHER” mega-freestyle he and other Shady Records artists released on Monday.
In the verse, Eminem raps, “But I may fight for gay rights, especially if the d*ke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice/ Play nice? B*tch I’ll 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.” Rice’s brutal elevator attack on his then-fiancee Janay was captured on video, outraging the public and leading to his suspension from the NFL.
The moment in the song comes at the 15:35 mark in the video below. While Eminem has famously verbally attacked pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in the past, his diss of Del Rey is somewhat unexpected. In a 2012 interview, Del Rey called Eminem the “master of lyrics” and declared, “I f*cking love Eminem.”