Earlier today, Eminem created a buzz on the internet after he surprise-released a new album, Music to Be Murdered By. The record includes a song, “Unaccomodating,” whose reference to the 2017 bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester has already incited backlash.
The song opens with a guest appearance from Brooklyn rapper Young MA before Em jumps on the latter half. During his verse, the rapper references the 2017 tragedy which took the lives of 23 people. “But I’m contemplating yelling ‘Bombs away’ on the game / Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” he spits.
The lyrics have received backlash from Grande fans, who took to Twitter to criticize the rapper’s bars. “That is just so fucking sick,” one fan wrote. “Y’all better not give this man any attention. People literally lost their lives, and you’re going to release music and try to make a profit off of them?”
See some of the fan reactions below.
Eminem lame for joking about the ariana grande concert bombing
— free percs ^^ (@off3thirty) January 17, 2020
Eminem dropped a surprise album on the day of Mac Miller’s post-death album to talk about his temptation to drop bombs and I quote as if he was outside an Ariana grande concert. The cheek levels are sky high. Only a white man could go this far in 2020.
— ? (@BeyIneKno) January 17, 2020
Eminem really dropped an album the same day as Mac Miller posthumous album and made light of the Ariana Grande concert bombing. What a piece of shit
— Frankie K (@FRVNKIE96) January 17, 2020
So…are we just gonna ignore the fact that Eminem literally MOCKED the Manchester bombing at Ari’s concert in his song Unaccommodating?
“But I'm contemplating yelling ‘Bombs away’ on the game like I'm outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting [? sound]”. pic.twitter.com/mkRpm4mv6U
— ًً (@ladygaygay) January 17, 2020
This isn’t the first time Eminem has made a reference to the 2017 incident. As Highsnobiety reported in 2018, the rapper had first brought up the Manchester bombing during his freestyle, “Kick Off.” On it, he also took jabs at Justin Bieber and actress Reese Witherspoon.
Eminem has yet to address the backlash at the time of writing.