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Eminem, Kid Rock, ICP encounter coronavirus experiences

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

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Some coronavirus-related news from some of the metro area's big names in music...

Eminem has shot down a rumor that he's releasing a new album, titled "Marshall Law," in the wake of the crisis. (The rapper's real name is Marshall Mathers III). The misunderstanding came after Florida Senator Marcio Rubio posted a Twitter message on Monday, March 16, to deny U.S. government plans to institute martial law; Rubio misspelled it as Marshall, which led to viral speculation about a new Eminem album. Eminem -- who topped the charts in January with his 11th album "Music to Be Murdered By" -- quickly posted a denial on social media reading, "Sorry guys...Marshall law: not a thing," and Rubio subsequently apologized for the typo.

Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonky Rock N' Roll Steakhouse in Nashville has agreed to close after co-owner Steve Smith initially flaunted the city's orders for restaurants to close down. Smith, who owns several Nashville restaurants, initially called Mayor John Cooper's directive "unconstitutional" for "targeting a select group of businesses." After a negative public reaction Cooper agreed to temporarily shutter the eateries.

Insane Clown Posse member Shaggy 2 Dope's recent hospitalization was not caused by eating dirty snow to prevent coronavirus as was initially reported. The rapper (real name Joe Utsler) had posted a video online of him eating the snow, telling viewers that, "it'll build your immune system. That's how you beat the...system." However, it turns out the hospitalization was actually for a surgical procedure on his neck, which went well.

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