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Eminem posts open letter explaining new album

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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A week after the surprise release of his latest album, "Music To Be Murdered By," Eminem has explained the album's focus on mass murder.

The Detroit rapper (real name Marshall Mathers III) posted has posted a blood-stained letter on his social media, explaining why he chose the direction -- most notably on the song "Darkness" and its accompanying video, in which he recreates, both verbally and visually, the shootings at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas which, with 58 killed by a deranged gunman, is the worst mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history.

In the letter, addressed to "Gentle Listener," Eminem writes that, "In today's wonderful world murder has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it. I thought why not make a sport of it, and murder over beats? So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain.

"This album was not made for the squeamish. If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you. Certain sections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us.

"So you see, murder in this instance isn't always literal, nor pleasant. These bars are only meant for the sharpest knives in the drawer. For the victims of this album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight!" It's signed "with deepest sympathy, Eminem."

"Music To Be Murdered By," Eminem's 11th studio album, came out Jan. 17 with no warning and features guest appearances by an all-star class included Ed Sheeran, the Roots’ Black Thought, the late Juice WRLD, Anderson.Paak, Q-Tip, Skylar Grey, Joell Ortiz, KXNG Crooked, White Gold, Don Toliver, Young M.A. and fellow Detroiters Royce Da 5'9", Denaun Porter and Luis Resto. Dr. Dre served as executive producer. The album is predicted to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of between 270-290,000 units.

Eminem, who toured Australia during 2019, currently has no announced live shows.

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