When I heard that Eminem had released a song featuring Rhianna that dealt directly with the topic of domestic violence, my first reaction was confusion. Eminem is almost as famous for his violent relationship with his ex wife as he is for his music, and Rhianna’s abuse at the hands of Chris Brown became tabloid fodder for months. In the past, Eminem’s only songs about this issue have been raging rants peppered with threats toward his ex. He famously wrote and recorded one of the most violently disturbing songs I have ever heard, in which he screams about terrorizing and killing her. He named the song after her, “Kim,” and uses her name and their daughter’s name right in the lyrics. I wanted to quote part of it, but it is so full of obscenities that I couldn’t. Suffice it to say that he threatens to “beat” her, sings about stuffing her in the trunk and the song ends with him screaming at her to “bleed” while there are choking sounds in the background.
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