Eminem was criticized by many last week, including Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, for an “unnecessarily hurtful” verse on his new album.
The Courteeners singer Liam Fray says he “feels sorry” that the rapper has resorted to “shock” tactics. His band are currently ahead of Eminem by 2000 copies in the race for number one in the United Kingdom charts.
Fray says: “It all just felt like an old comedian who can’t get on the telly any more just saying something outrageous. I just felt a bit sorry for him. I just felt like he’s jumping the shark a bit. He’s trying to be as outrageous as possible because he’s running out of ideas, that’s what it is. It’s nothing else but shock value. You have to shock to be good – that’s nonsense.”
“I didn’t realize really, it was almost like tongue in cheek. As it’s quite funny for a lad from Middleton to be calling out the biggest rapper in the world! But you’d have to be stone-hearted to not think of the consequences of those words really. because they’re outrageous. What is going on in someone’s mind to think that those kind of things are OK?”
“Look, shock has a place in art and it always has done but there’s a line and I just think that line was crossed. That’s just my opinion and other people might think otherwise but when it’s close to home and when you’ve seen the city pick itself up piece by piece, day by day, then it gets you, man.”
“I don’t even want to talk too much about it because I feel like it’s almost not my place. I want to give them the respect that they deserve.”
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