Back in 2018 when Eminem released his Kamikaze record, he courted controversy again over album track ‘Fall’. Taking aim at various hip-hop artists, Eminem added Tyler, The Creator into his group of targets, causing backlash over his use of a gay slur in the diss track.
According to Tyler though, it wasn’t that deep for him.
In a new interview with The Guardian, Tyler spoke about Eminem’s lyric that was criticised for being homophobic (“Tyler create nothin’/I see why you called yourself a f****t, bitch/It’s not just ’cause you lack attention/It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls/You’re sacrilegious”).
“Did you ever hear me publicly say anything about that?” he said, explaining he knew where Eminem was coming from, lyrically.
“I knew what the intent was. He felt pressured because people got offended for me. Don’t get offended for me. We were playing Grand Theft Auto when we heard that. We rewound it and were like, “Oh.” and then kept playing.”
Tyler, The Creator – ‘A Boy Is A Gun’
When the controversy was stirred up last year, Eminem expressed remorse for how he handled his Tyler diss, which he explained in an interview with Sway was a response to Tyler’s reaction to his track ‘Walk On Water’.
“I was angry when I said the shit about Tyler,” he said.
“The word I called him on…that song was one of the things where I felt like, this might be too far. Because in my quest to hurt him, I realised that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it.”
Ironically, Tyler himself has been at the centre of controversy regarding his lyrics and use of gay slurs. Since the release of Flower Boy and then this IGOR album, Tyler’s widely embraced redemption has seen entry bans lifted on him in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.