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Today is a big day for Eminem, but instead of celebrating the release of his highly anticipated album, he’s addressing the controversy surrounding his fiery six-minute track “Rap God.”

“The Monster” emcee was slammed by gay activists and critics for his use of homophobic slurs like “faggot” and negative references to “little gay looking boy.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Eminem addressed the criticism he’s received over his homophobic lyrics on “Rap God.”

“I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times. But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words  [to mean homosexual]…It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. Not saying it’s wrong or it’s right, but at this point in my career – man, I say so much shit that’s tongue-in-cheek,” Eminem adds. “I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I’m glad we live in a time where it’s really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don’t know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t Eminem’s first time around the trouble train. Over a decade ago, the Detroit rapper faced heavy criticism for his promotion of homophobia, which led to his infamous 2001 Grammy performance with the legendary Elton John, an openly gay singer.

Eminem’s highly anticipated album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 hits store shelves today.

SOURCE: Rolling Stone 

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