Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has expressed his displeasure after his vocals were used on track using homophobic slurs on Eminem’s surprise new album, Kamikaze.
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Vernon is featured on ‘Fall’, in which Eminem takes a swipe at Tyler, the Creator. The offending verse sees Eminem rapping: “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch/It’s not just ‘cause you lack attention/It’s ‘cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sac-rilegious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better."
Asked by fans why he’d taken part in a hate-filled track, Vernon responded that he wasn’t present when Eminem laid down his vocal parts. He added that requests to change the track had been ignored and that he wasn’t a “fan of the message”.
Adding that he thought Eminem is “one of the best rappers of all time”, he also criticised him out for attacking a younger artist. "This is not the time to criticize Youth," he said, "it’s the time to listen. To act. It is certainly not the time for slurs. Wish they would have listened when we asked them to change it.”
Eminem is one of the best rappers of all time , there is no doubt. I have and will respect that. Tho, this is not the time to criticize Youth, it’s the time to listen. To act. It is certainly not the time for slurs. Wish they would have listened when we asked them to change it— blobtower (@blobtower) August 31, 2018
Was not in the studio for the Eminem track... came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it. Thanks for listening to BRM https://t.co/E0wmt732ty— blobtower (@blobtower) August 31, 2018
He also said: “I was wrong and we are gonna kill this track.”
I was wrong and we are gonna kill this track— blobtower (@blobtower) August 31, 2018
The album, co-produced by Dr Dre, also takes swipes at other targets including US president Donald Trump, rappers Lil Yachty, Lil Pump and Lil Xan , and Harvey Weinstein among others.
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