Joyner Lucas’ x Eminem’s “What If I Was Gay” track’ lyrics

Read the lyrics of new Joyner Lucas’ x Eminem’s track “What If I Was Gay”.

Joyner Lucas – What If I Was Gay (ft. Eminem)r/Eminem

[Verse 1: Joyner Lucas]UhWhat if I told you that I was different?What if I told you that’s something’s missing?And what if I told you we’re not alikeAnd the way that I’m feel inside is different than what you pictureWhat if I told you I feel divided?Keep to myself and I’m awfully quietAnd what if I told you I been conflicted by my own thoughtsTrapped in the dark, and I tried to hide itNo, I’m not a slave to no fuckin’ fairy taleI bet you think that you know me very wellMake no mistake, this is not a cry for help’Cause I don’t owe no one no explanation on how I feelBut on the real, what if I told you that I was brave?I grew up different than I was raisedBut still, what if I told you I’m out of place? WaitWhat if I told you that I was gay?

[Chorus: Joyner Lucas]Duh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh

[Verse 2: Joyner Lucas]YeahWhat if I told you I’m not alright?I mean, I don’t feel dead, but I’m not aliveAnd what if I told you, “I’m not like you”And the shit that I’m goin’ through, it’ll prolly make you cryAnd what if I told you, “I’m not this”And the person you think you know don’t existLook, I’m not who you know, I’m not who you wishI’m not who you want me to be, what you want from me isn’t thisI grew up in church where I couldn’t be myselfI felt like a prisoner, couldn’t leave my cellThey told me, “God don’t like ugly,” and this an ugly worldAnd if I ever seen things different, I would burn in hellAnd on the real, this is not new, this is not a phaseI grew up different than I was raisedBut still, what if I told you I’m out of place? WaitWhat if I told you that I was gay?

[Chorus: Joyner Lucas]Duh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh

[Verse 3: Eminem]What if I told you I’m homophobic?And you have zero control over your impulsesAnd the genetic flaw in your chromosomes is the culpritIt’s something I can’t sugarcoat, it’s repulsiveWe were homies, since children, I thought itBut thought I was buggin’, though‘Cause we’d sit, chill and just talk chicksNow how can we be friends still after all thisUnless, I can convince you to repentAsk God to forgive you for your sinsAnd begin healing your conscienceAnd rid you of this sick illness that causes itPart of me wishes you’d kept this shit, still in the closetI’m white but I’m getting mixed feelings like LogicYeah, I’m pissed off a little, this is a choiceWe were supposed to be boysYou’re acting like this ain’t optionalWhat if I said you was weak?‘Cause you don’t got the strength to conquer some biological monster that’s part of youThat’s responsible for them homosexual thoughtsIf you don’t want a lecture, partLike a sofa section or long as youMake your decision and stand by it, but I can’t be beside it‘Cause for me, that’d be next to impossibleOr you learn to control your urgesYou say, “It’s like pulling teeth and morals of oral surgeons”But how would you even know anyways if you’re a virginWhy can’t you be a normal person?What if I tried steering you towards a girlfriend?Wouldn’t work, would it? You seem pretty surefootedI’m sure good at judging, but I have no rightI know goodbyes seems cold, right?Not even a flicker of hope like a strobe lightAs I leave and I swear I stayed up that whole nightAnd no I didn’t know you would go right home and go take your own lifeI ain’t mean for that shit to happen, I said I won’t cryI let the best friend that I’ve ever known dieAlone, was gonna tell you the next dayI’m so sorry, I’m fighting my own demons, I won’t lieThey won’t leave me alone, eating at my soul, this whole timeI’ve been tortured, imprisoned in my own mindA born again Christian but Lord if you’re listenin’We might be headed for a collision‘Cause when I told my boy I couldn’t support his decisionI was tryna make it seem like a choice, when it isn’tCan’t be cured with a prayer to Saint JudeWhat If I told you my wish never came true?What if I’m a hypocrite who is afraid to just face truth? WaitWhat if I told you I’m gay too?

[Chorus: Joyner Lucas]Duh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh

Full Version of Eminem & Joyner Lucas Song ‘What if I Was Gay’ is Here

A couple of days ago, a snippet of a song from Eminem and Joyner Lucas called ‘What if I Was Gay’ surfaced online and several opinions were made on social media even though the perspective on the short sound bite wasn’t really clear.

Today, the full version of the track has come out from unknown origins but it makes the context much clearer. The song is super interesting, especially because Eminem has been accused of being homophobic almost his entire career. Some lines from Eminem’s storytelling verse:

“As I leave and I swear I stayed up that whole night And no I didn’t know you would go right home and go take your own life I ain’t mean for that sh*t to happen, I said I won’t cry I let the best friend that I’ve ever known die Alone, was gonna tell you the next day I’m so sorry, I’m fighting my own demons, I won’t lie They won’t leave me alone, eating at my soul, this whole time”

Between his serious verse which will take some to unpack, the Shady boss even throws in the line: “I got mixed feelings like Logic” which really surprises you as you listen. Currently, there is no word on where this song will appear, although Joyner did reveal to Zane Lowe last year that his ‘Lucky You‘ collaborator is featured on his new album ADHD. As of now, there is no release date for the delayed project.

Full Version of Eminem & Joyner Lucas Song ‘What if I Was Gay’ is Here

[Single Premiere] Joyner Lucas ft. Eminem – “What If I Was Gay”

The full version of new track “What If I Was Gay” by Eminem and Joyner Lucas, has just been leaked.

Joyner Lucas – What If I Was Gay (ft. Eminem)r/Eminem

Eminem and Joyner Lucas reunite on the unreleased collaboration “What If I Was Gay,” where the duo reflect on the controversies they’ve face throughout their respective careers. In particular, Eminem is frequently attacked for homophobic lyrics and comments, which the title plays on. Em addressed the accusations during a December 2017 interview with Vulture:

The first time I got a taste of being called anti-gay was on ‘My Name Is’ when I said, ‘My English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high / The only problem was my English teacher was a guy.’ All I was saying was I don’t swing that way. So when I started getting flack for it, I thought, Alright, you people think I’m homophobic… I was trying to push the buttons of people who were calling me something that I wasn’t. The honest-to-God truth is that none of that matters to me: I have no issue with someone’s sexuality, religion, race, none of that.

On October 28, 2019, a snippet of the track appeared online. A full version of the track appeared online on October 31st, 2019. It’s unknown whether it is set to be officially released or placed on an album at this time.

This track marks the second official collaboration between the two rappers following August 2018’s “Lucky You.” – Genius

[Verse 1: Joyner Lucas]UhWhat if I told you that I was different?What if I told you that’s something’s missing?And what if I told you we’re not alikeAnd the way that I’m feel inside is different than what you pictureWhat if I told you I feel divided?Keep to myself and I’m awfully quietAnd what if I told you I been conflicted by my own thoughtsTrapped in the dark, and I tried to hide itNo, I’m not a slave to no fuckin’ fairy taleI bet you think that you know me very wellMake no mistake, this is not a cry for help’Cause I don’t owe no one no explanation on how I feelBut on the real, what if I told you that I was brave?I grew up different than I was raisedBut still, what if I told you I’m out of place? WaitWhat if I told you that I was gay?

[Chorus: Joyner Lucas]Duh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh

[Verse 2: Joyner Lucas]YeahWhat if I told you I’m not alright?I mean, I don’t feel dead, but I’m not aliveAnd what if I told you, “I’m not like you”And the shit that I’m goin’ through, it’ll prolly make you cryAnd what if I told you, “I’m not this”And the person you think you know don’t existLook, I’m not who you know, I’m not who you wishI’m not who you want me to be, what you want from me isn’t thisI grew up in church where I couldn’t be myselfI felt like a prisoner, couldn’t leave my cellThey told me, “God don’t like ugly,” and this an ugly worldAnd if I ever seen things different, I would burn in hellAnd on the real, this is not new, this is not a phaseI grew up different than I was raisedBut still, what if I told you I’m out of place? WaitWhat if I told you that I was gay?

[Chorus: Joyner Lucas]Duh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh

[Verse 3: Eminem]What if I told you I’m homophobic?And you have zero control over your impulsesAnd the genetic flaw in your chromosomes is the culpritIt’s something I can’t sugarcoat, it’s repulsiveWe were homies, since children, I thought itBut thought I was buggin’, though‘Cause we’d sit, chill and just talk chicksNow how can we be friends still after all thisUnless, I can convince you to repentAsk God to forgive you for your sinsAnd begin healing your conscienceAnd rid you of this sick illness that causes itPart of me wishes you’d kept this shit, still in the closetI’m white but I’m getting mixed feelings like LogicYeah, I’m pissed off a little, this is a choiceWe were supposed to be boysYou’re acting like this ain’t optionalWhat if I said you was weak?‘Cause you don’t got the strength to conquer some biological monster that’s part of youThat’s responsible for them homosexual thoughtsIf you don’t want a lecture, partLike a sofa section or long as youMake your decision and stand by it, but I can’t be beside it‘Cause for me, that’d be next to impossibleOr you learn to control your urgesYou say, “It’s like pulling teeth and morals of oral surgeons”But how would you even know anyways if you’re a virginWhy can’t you be a normal person?What if I tried steering you towards a girlfriend?Wouldn’t work, would it? You seem pretty surefootedI’m sure good at judging, but I have no rightI know goodbyes seems cold, right?Not even a flicker of hope like a strobe lightAs I leave and I swear I stayed up that whole nightAnd no I didn’t know you would go right home and go take your own lifeI ain’t mean for that shit to happen, I said I won’t cryI let the best friend that I’ve ever known dieAlone, was gonna tell you the next dayI’m so sorry, I’m fighting my own demons, I won’t lieThey won’t leave me alone, eating at my soul, this whole timeI’ve been tortured, imprisoned in my own mindA born again Christian but Lord if you’re listenin’We might be headed for a collision‘Cause when I told my boy I couldn’t support his decisionI was tryna make it seem like a choice, when it isn’tCan’t be cured with a prayer to Saint JudeWhat If I told you my wish never came true?What if I’m a hypocrite who is afraid to just face truth? WaitWhat if I told you I’m gay too?

[Chorus: Joyner Lucas]Duh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh, duh nuh nuh duhDuh nuh

[Single Premiere] Joyner Lucas ft. Eminem – “What If I Was Gay”

Eminem Asks Himself ‚What If I Was Gay?‘ in New Song

The Detroit rapper has a complicated history with the LGBTQ community.

It looks like rapper Eminem will wade into the waters of LGBTQ controversy.

A new track, “What If I Was Gay,” leaked to Rap Century, hypothesizes about a public reaction if the artist came out as queer. Eminem appears as a featured artist with rapper Joyner Lucas.

“What if I’m a hypocrite who’s just afraid to face truth? / Wait, what if I told you that I’m gay too?” Eminem raps.

The rapper’s publicists have told outlets like Metro that the rapper is not gay.

The song will appear on an upcoming Joyner album. Leaked lyrics show Joyner exploring the subject of what it might be like to be LGBTQ.

“But on the real, what if I told you that I was brave? / I grew up different than I was raised / But still, what if I told you I’m out of place? / Wait. What if I told you that I was gay?”

Twitter users note such “in someone else’s shoes” themes appear in many of Joyner’s songs. But the appearance Eminem on the track seems especially noteworthy considering his long and complicated history with the gay community.

The Detroit rapper faced withering criticism in the early 2000s for homophobic lyrics, and despite such image rehab as a Grammys duet with Elton John, he’s continued to use terms like „fag“ in lyrics. In the 2018 single “Fall,” he used the term in a dis on Tyler the Creator: “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch / It’s not just ‚cause you lack attention / It’s ‚cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sac-rilegious.”

Eminem has satirized his difficult relationship before, notably during the Seth Rogen and James Franco film The Interview, where he came out as gay in a mock interview before publicists shut the conversation down.

He also referenced bisexuality in the single “Medicine Ball,” where he rapped “I had a vasectomy Hector / So you can’t get pregnant if I bisexually wreck ya.”

Eminem Asks Himself 'What If I Was Gay?' in New Song

Problematic Eminem and Joyner Lucas Song ‚What If I Was Gay?‘ Leaks

A scrapped collaboration between Eminem and Joyner Lucas, „What If I Was Gay“ has leaked online, and fans of both artists are cringing. The song aims to imitate the tone and subject matter of Eminem’s 2000 hit „Stan,“ along with Lucas‘ songs like „I’m Not Racist.“ The results missed the mark, most fans agree.

„What If I Was Gay“ was an unintentional leak of a studio demo, according to a report by Rolling Stone. So far most journalists and bloggers seem to agree that the song was never meant to be released, which is one of the few points in its favor. The song is about five minutes long and features Lucas playing a character questioning their sexuality.

„But on the real, what if I told you that I was brave?“ he raps. „I grew up different than I was raised / But still, what if I told you I’m out of place? Wait / What if I told you that I was gay?“

The song already had listeners uncomfortable, as they felt Lucas was ill-equipped to speculate on the inner monologue of a gay character. Rolling Stone’s Charles Holmes added that the beat „would have been left on (the Kanye West album) 808s & Heartbreak‘s cutting room floor.“ However, the controversy really began with Eminem’s verse.

„What if I told you I’m homophobic?“ he rapped, countering Lucas‘ line.

Eminem seemed to play a friend of Lucas‘ character in this dialogue, voicing his worst homophobic feelings. In a series of fast, gasp-inducing lines he suggested that homosexuality is a „genetic flaw,“ that „it’s repulsive“ and that it is a „sin“ for which Lucas needs to „repent.“ However, within the same verse he found a way to sneak in a diss for fellow rapper Logic, apparently suggesting that Logic has „mixed feelings“ as well and meaning it as an insult.

„What if I Was Gay (ft. Eminem)“ is the most cursed song title I can imagine holy shit

This becomes all the more confusing later in the long, long verse when Eminem’s character makes his own confession. Apparently, somewhere within his verse Lucas‘ character committed suicide, finally forcing Eminem’s character to confront the „real“ motive behind his outrage.

„What if I’m a hypocrite who’s afraid to just face the truth?“ he rapped. „Wait, what if I told you I’m gay too?“

The song has been panned stylistically, conceptually and socially, with fans seeming to agree that it strikes precisely the wrong chord in today’s discourse on sexuality. Many also thought it was too soon for Eminem to try and make any statement on homosexuality, as he has continued to use homophobic slurs even in his most recent album. That includes one case where he used one against Tyler, The Creator, who opened up about his same-sex attraction on his latest record, Igor.

For the most part, „What If I Was Gay“ has been removed from the Internet. However, there is still a chance it will show up on Joyner Lucas‘ new album ADHD next month.

Problematic Eminem and Joyner Lucas Song 'What If I Was Gay?' Leaks

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“If I Told You” focuses on a suppressed homosexual coming out to his friend—Joyner takes the perspective of the gay man coming out while Eminem takes the perspective of his unsupportive Christian friend. The encounter leads the homosexual man to commit suicide, ultimately giving Em’s character feelings of regret. It also ends in a twist, as Eminem’s character reveals that he’s also gay.

Notably, Eminem has been criticized for homophobic lyrics and comments in the past. He addressed the accusations during a December 2017 Vulture:

The first time I got a taste of being called anti-gay was on ‘My Name Is’ when I said, ‘My English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high / The only problem was my English teacher was a guy.’ All I was saying was I don’t swing that way. So when I started getting flack for it, I thought, Alright, you people think I’m homophobic… I was trying to push the buttons of people who were calling me something that I wasn’t. The honest-to-God truth is that none of that matters to me: I have no issue with someone’s sexuality, religion, race, none of that.

A snippet of the track was leaked on October 28, 2019, and the full version was leaked two days later on October 31, 2019, under the name “What If I Was Gay?”

A day later, Skylar Greyvia her Instagram story. It’s unclear whether her part was cut or the leaked version was just an older demo.

This Song has Some Powerful Storytelling!! ?People who Judged this BT the Snippet.. I Feel Sorry for Them.. They are Mentally Degraded?

I think it could be the song from Joyner’s unreleased project featuring Eminem. The topic feels like something from Joyner.

Idk I like the message, but it feels somewhat forced for some reason. Maybe it will change when I can actually listen and not only read the lyrics

For such a delicate subject to be touched in such a manner, only legends can do it! Congrats to Joyner and Em on making such a classic?

Just pay attention to Em’s Scene-setting!sooo great?

I can only imagine how epic a music video for this would be. Is this song ever going to be released officially?

Is Eminem Gay? New Details On The New Allegations Surrounding Slim Shady And His New Song ‚What If I Was Gay‘

Marshall Bruce Mathers III is a man that needs no introduction. Born in Detroit, Michigan, the man who would become known as Eminem first broke through to the mainstream in 1997, when his Slim Shady EP caught the attention of Dr. Dre.

The former NWA rapper signed the rising star to his then-fledgling label, Aftermath Records, after he defected from the problematic Death Row Records. Today, Eminem has sold more than 230 million albums worldwide, and is considered one of the greatest — and most influential — rappers of all time. 

But his latest leaked track, which was first leaked in October 2019 — a joint track with Joyner Lucas called „What If I Was Gay“ — has opened up the floodgates of rumors, yet again.

Here’s what we know about the question: Is Eminem gay? 

Eminem raps ‘What if I was gay?’ on song snippet leaked online

A new song by Eminem, in a collaboration with fellow rapper Joyner Lucas, has raised the eyebrows of some internet users, after a snippet of it leaked online.

The 13-second clip of the song, reportedly entitled “What If I Was Gay?” finds the two rappers wondering what would it be like if they were gay.

According to Genius, a Brooklyn-based digital company that focuses on song lyrics, Lucas, 31, starts the clip, rapping about what could be interpreted as a man who might be dealing with his sexuality.

“What if I told you that I’m out of place? / Wait, what if I told you that I was gay?”

Eminem, 47, who has been in the center of homophobic allegations throughout his entire two-decade-long career, raps after Lucas, repeating the same concept in the second half of the clip.

While the context in which the lines were written can’t be deduced from such a short snippet, the song has raised an instant red flag, because of the rapper’s history of defending the use of anti-gay slurs in his songs.

Eminem, Joyner Lucas – What If I Told you I Was Gay?

Kürzlich erst ist ein Snippet eines unbekannten Tracks von Eminem von Joyner Lucas aufgetaucht mit dem Titel “What if I Was Gay” aufgetaucht. Nun gibt es den ganzen Song, teilweise es er dort auch “What If I Told you I Was Gay?“. Auf welchem Release der Song erscheinen wird, oder ob er überhaupt regulär verfügbar sein wird, ist unklar.

[Single Premiere] Joyner Lucas ft. Eminem – “What If I Was Gay”

Wow? never expected Shady to touch this topic! The beat is addictive!

Is it just me, or does the beginning sound just like Good Morning by Kanye West

Has anyone ever seen Eminem and Tom MacDonald in the same place?

Please don’t compare em to that garbage, but I mean ur right

Amazing how you hatin so much ?? It’s deeper then what you’d normally expected from Joyner or Em. One of the best and deepest stories from them both. Definitely don’t appreciate it for what it was meant to be.

Wow em is actually expressing himself like on walk on water and dumbasses like u think it’s bad because u don’t understand it and ur simple minded

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Songs pretty shit tbh. Coming from an Em alstan and Joyner fan.

Its not shit it’s deeper than most of Em’s songs and it’s exactly like all of joyners newer songs, u just can’t see how deep this song actually is. And I can agree Em’s word play was off but overall it’s a good song

If you were gay Can you use your meaning in a sentence if you may? I just want to clear things up, Before I come back with something, For you to won up, Just to walk around with a manly strut. Because I forgot da hook My new name is Rambler Lol 🙂

Joyner Lucas’ Eminem-Assisted “What If I Was Gay” Track Leaks, Twitter Demolishes Song

has proven time and again he’s unafraid to use his pen and skill to examine a bevy of topics, and he has a new track out pairing with one of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated — and hated — veterans in Eminem. The song, “What If I Was Gay” was teased then released Halloween, and the fan reaction is harsher than expected.

The five-minute track features Lucas rapping from the perspective of a young man contemplating the reaction of him coming out as gay with Slim Shady rapping from the angle of a friend hearing the revelation. Check out the song below.

We’ve scoured Twitter for reactions to the track, which can be read below.

Joyner Lucas – What If I Was Gay Ft. Eminem (Lyrics Review and SongMeaning)

There has never been a lack of debate about Eminem’s sexuality over the years. Maybe this song will help you ease your minds–or maybe it won’t.

Joyner Lucas’ latest track “What If I Was Gay” comes from his indefinitely delayed second studio album ‘ADHD.’ The album was announced in late 2018 and has not been released as of now. The official release date for “What If I Was Gay” is set to be November 22, 2019, however a snippet of the song leaked online on October 29, 2019. The full song leaked on November 1, 2019, an entire month ahead of the release date.

Joyner Lucas and Eminem previously collaborated on Eminem’s hit “Lucky You” from his 2018 album ‘Kamikaze.’ However, the new track seems to have both the artists confronting their homosexual feelings.

1. Eminem admitted to using Grindr in the past. 

Grindr is a well-known dating app for gay men, and according to an interview, Eminem claimed to use the app to find „dates“ after his divorce from his wife, Kim, was finalized.

Fans weren’t sure if Eminem was being serious, or joking, at the time. 

3. He’s good friends with Elton John. 

Elton John is one of the most popular, and most openly gay, men in the music industry today. It would stand to reason then that he wouldn’t be friends with someone who is a homophobe.

Elton John first met Eminem when they performed at the 2001 Grammys together, and after a rocky start, struck up a long-term friendship. In fact, they’re so close that John was the person the rapper called when he was battling his drug addiction.

He opened up about it in 2009, saying, „When I first wanted to get sober, I called [Elton] and spoke to him about it. He’s somebody who’s in the business and can identify and relate to the lifestyle and how hectic things can be. He understands … the pressure and any other reasons that you want to come up with for doing drugs.“

Even though Eminem has apologized for the use of homophobic slurs in the past — most notably to Caitlin Jenner, whom he referred to as a „little b*tch,“ amongst other things we can’t reprint here — he used one again in 2018.

On the song „Fall,“ which can be found on his Kamikaze album, Eminem refers to the rapper Tyler, The Creator, by a homophobic term for gay men. 

7. Recently, Nick Cannon implied that the rapper may be gay.

Eminem has had a long-standing feud with fellow rapper and actor Nick Cannon — or at least that’s what Cannon himself may think, since he released three diss tracks against Eminem without any response back at all from the famous rapper. 

However, that all changed in December 2019 when Eminem fired back at Cannon and his ex-wife Mariah Carey on the song „Lord Above,“ which he recorded with Fat Joe.

Of course, Cannon wasn’t backing down without a fight and was quick to respond in December 2019 when his newest diss track „The Invitation“ was released, and it targeted not only Eminem’s family, but also took a shot at the rapper’s sexuality.

In the track, Cannon accuses the rapper of paying off his chauffeur so that a video of the rapper with another man wouldn’t ever be released, saying, „Call Kim, somebody get Hailey and that other kid you raising that ain’t even your baby.“

Eminem was quick to respond through a tweet, which urged Cannon to „stop lying“ and that Eminem „never even had a chaueffeur.“

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The irony wasn’t lost on London-based rapper Genesis Elihaj, who tweeted, “Eminem & Joyner using gay culture for clout is gross…”

Some fans, however, see it as a track with “some serious conceptual storytelling masterpiece that [is] trying to help people coming out and make other people respect someone’s choices,” as Twitter user @ShadyTimes, a “news page about Eminem, the Most Successful Hip-Hop Artist ever,” wrote.

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Seine gesamte Karriere über musste sich Eminem mit den verschiedensten Vorwürfen auseinandersetzen. Die kontroversen Texte und der schwarze Humor der Raplegende liefern dafür immerhin eine gute Grundlage. Auch der Vorwurf der Homophobie steht seit Jahren im Raum.

Erstmals konfrontiert sah sich Eminem wegen seines Songs „My Name is“ mit diesem Kritikpunkt. Darauf rappte er die Zeile: „My English teacher wanted to have s*x in junior high / The only problem was my English teacher was a guy“ Obwohl die Zeile sehr offensichtlich nur als Punchline gedacht ist und den typischen Humor des Rappers widerspiegelt, gab es Kritik dafür.

Eminem selbst gab auf Vorwürfe wie diese zu verstehen, dass er in Wahrheit nichts gegen homosexuelle hat: “The honest-to-God truth is that none of that matters to me: I have no issue with someone’s sexuality, religion, race, none of that. Anyone who’s followed my music knows I’m against bullies — that’s why I hate that f***ing bully Trump — and I hate the idea that a kid who’s gay might get s**t for it.”

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Nun ist ein neuer Song geleaked, der das gesamte Thema noch einmal von einer ganz anderen Seite betrachten lässt. Bisher war bekannt, dass Eminem als Feature-Gast auf dem kommenden Joyner Lucas Album „ADHD“ vertreten sein wird. Mehr Infos gab es nicht – bis jetzt!

Denn jetzt sind Aufnahmen im Netz veröffentlicht worden, die offenbar vom gemeinsamen Track stammen. In dem Song behandeln die Rapper offensichtlich das Thema Homosexualität und werfen jeweils die Frage auf, was wäre, wenn sie selbst schwul sind?

Joyner Lucas rappt folgende Zeile: „What if I told you I’m out of place? Wait, what if I told you that I was gay?” Eminem entgegnet dem in seinem Part:“What if I’m a hypocrite who’s just afraid to face truth? Wait, what if I told you I’m gay too”

Das ganze klingt fast wie ein Outing der beiden Rapstars. Allerdings wird man die Zeilen wahrscheinlich erst richtig verstehen, wenn man den gesamten Kontext des Songs kennt. Man darf also gespannt sein was Eminem und Joyner Lucas auf ihrem Song zu sagen haben!

Earlier this week, a snippet of an unreleased Eminem and Joyner Lucas collaboration caused a stir on social media after it revealed the artists rapping about what would happen if they came out as gay. Today, the song surfaced in full online, and it reveals the full context of the lyrics.

The track finds Lucas rapping from the perspective of a gay man coming out of the closet, with strong parallels to the concept of his 2018 viral hit “I’m Not Racist”:

He raps about dealing with a lack of acceptance from his religion, leading him to thoughts of self-hatred:

Meanwhile, Eminem takes the perspective of Joyner’s homophobic friend, who is less than accepting:

Em’s actions cause his friend to commit suicide, which leads to a spiral of shame:

Eminem’s character finishes the song by admitting that he, too, is gay. The rapper himself has a long history of facing accusations of homophobia, as Genius contributor TrappaChiNo breaks down in an annotation:

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Lucas previously told Zane Lowe that his unreleased Eminem collaboration (which he didn’t name at the time) would end up on his album ADHD. “We’re into Joyner Lucas territory, storytelling territory. That’s what me and Eminem, we both do best,” he said.

However, he has yet to clarify the fate of “What If I Was Gay?” in light of his album’s delay following his departure from Atlantic Records. The two rappers previously collaborated on “Lucky You”, and Em has praised Joyner as one of the best new rappers. Em also took part in a similar brand of hypothetical hip-hop when he appeared on Sticky Fingaz’s 2001 song, “What If I Was White.”

Read all the lyrics to Eminem and Joyner Lucas‘ “What If I Was Gay?” on Genius now.

, appears to have been indefinitely delayed, but a snippet of an unreleased Eminem collaboration has the internet buzzing. A short audio cut of a joint song titled “What If I Was Gay?” finds both rappers wondering what would happen if they came out of the closet.

Eminem repeats the same concept in the second half of the spliced-up snippet. The context of the lines remains unclear, but the song feels likely to bring scrutiny due to Em’s long history of facing accusations of homophobia. Genius contributor TrappaChiNo breaks it down in an annotation:

It’s possible that both artists are rapping from hypothetical perspectives or characters like those Joyner Lucas portrayed on his viral single, “I’m Not Racist.” Em took part in a similar brand of hypothetical hip-hop when he appeared on Sticky Fingaz’s 2001 song, “What If I Was White.”

Lucas previously told Zane Lowe that his unreleased Eminem collaboration (which he didn’t name at the time) would end up on ADHD. “We’re into Joyner Lucas territory, storytelling territory. That’s what me and Eminem, we both do best,” he said. However, he has yet to clarify the fate of “What If I Was Gay?” in light of his album’s delay. The two rappers previously collaborated on “Lucky You”, and Em has praised Joyner as one of the best new rappers.

Whatever happens, “What If I Was Gay?” has already generated a ton of discussion on social media and feels bound to be a controversial release should Joyner choose to put out the full song.

Catch up on all the lyrics to Eminem’s “Lucky You” featuring Joyner Lucas on Genius now.

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Since its arrival in 2000, “Stan” never really left. Stubborn, persistent, and culturally malleable, the song’s name, concept, and story structure took on a life of their own. Almost two decades later, the word is so ubiquitous there are likely millions of modern stans that have never listened to “Stan.” If they did, they might well be horrified to be compared to the skinny, out of control character staring back at them.

The third single from The Eminem Show is now double platinum, garnered two high-profile sequel“Dear Anne” and was terrible). The Dido-sampling song and its woke-before-woke-was-a-thing message went on to inspire countless offshoots, the most popular (and recent) of which is Joyner Lucas, who’s sustained an entire career built off recreating Eminem’s most popular faux-biographical, rage-filled song (see: “I’m Not Racist” and “Devil’s Work”). That’s why the existence of Joyner’s “What If I Was Gay?” — featuring Eminem — isn’t surprising.

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To Joyner and Eminem’s credit, it seems the pair likely knew never to release “What If I Was Gay.” However, they were victims of an unfortunate leak this week, and the internet did what the internet does: listened to a leaked studio demo. As you might predict based on the title alone, the five-minute track is an underbaked and misguided attempt for the two rappers. In its capacity as an unofficial successor to “Stan” — emotional man questions some aspect of his life, said man cries out for help that never comes, and he commits suicide in a last-minute plot twist delivered by a different narrator — is a failure to capture 20-year old lightning in the world’s most structurally unsound bottle.

The first two verses feature Joyner playing a character questioning their sexuality. No matter how well-meaning the intent is, the hackneyed lyrics sound exactly like what would happen if a straight man tried to describe what he thinks the gay experience is like over a beat that would have been left on 808s & Heartbreak‘s cutting room floor:

But it’s Eminem’s part that genuinely sends the song off the rails. From the moment Em asks, “What if I told you I’m homophobic?” it’s clear nothing good will come of this verse. The Detroit rapper plays the best friend to Joyner’s character but, since it’s Eminem, he can’t help but drop a line like, “I’m white, but I’m gettin’ mixed feelings like Logic.” As the story unfolds, Em’s character transitions from arguing about genetic flaws in chromosomes to asking God for help. The verse ends with a final twist that’s supposed to be revelatory but instead rings with a sad hollowness: “What if I’m a hypocrite who is afraid to just face truth / What if I told you I’m gay too?”

That lyric is presented like it’s a bombshell. The man who spent the entirety of his career dropping homophobic slurs, but also performing at The Grammys with Elton John just rapped, “What if I told you I’m gay, too?” 20 years ago, the moment would’ve likely been seen as revolutionary. In 2019,  its intentions are easy to parse. Eminem built the foundation of his career on shock and awe, but for the latter half of his career Mathers’ singular power to say the unexpected has waned, and relied on going to increasing lengths to recapture that spark.

“What If I Was Gay?” means very little when we’re only one year removed from Eminem rapping, “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f****t, bitch” on “Fall,” because he didn’t appreciate some of Tyler’s tweets. Instead of two straight males spending five minutes trying to answer “what if I was gay,” maybe the world would be better off with them answering, “who is this song really for?”

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On the first and second verses of “What If I Was Gay,” Joyner Lucas sings about his ‘difference’ from the rest of the world. His missing part, his sickness, the reason for everyone’s frown upon him, and the reason he is an outcast from society is that he is gay?

Joyner also explains that it is no joyride being a closeted gay. He has conflicted thoughts. He wants society to accept him, and he wants to be with people. But people have a weird way of judging people based on their sexual orientation. But just because society wants him to bend to its framework, doesn’t make him any less gay. No matter how much everyone around him wants him to be somebody else, he just cannot. It won’t be Joyner Lucas if he changes to everyone’s whims.

Joyner Lucas also makes it very clear that this confession is not a plea for help. In fact, “What If I Was Gay,” is a song for the listeners to open their eyes and try to get in his shoes at least for the duration of the song. If his voice doesn’t help the listeners, he has Eminem on the mic for the third verse to tell his confessional.

Eminem jumps on the gun by confessing that he might be gay and what if?

Notably, Eminem has had a few ins and outs being called homophobic and homosexual at the same time over the years. In 2007, with an interview with Vulture, Eminem opened up about being called anti-gay for the lyrics of “My Name Is;” “The first time I got a taste of being called anti-gay was on ‘My Name Is’ when I said, ‘My English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high / The only problem was my English teacher was a guy.’ All I was saying was I don’t swing that way. So when I started getting flack for it, I thought, Alright, you people think I’m homophobic… I was trying to push the buttons of people who were calling me something that I wasn’t. The honest-to-God truth is that none of that matters to me: I have no issue with someone’s sexuality, religion, race, none of that.“

On the track “Fall,” from Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ calls out Tyler, The Creator with a homophobic slur, and Eminem spoke in an interview, later on, to admit that it might have been going too far.

In the movie ‘The Interview,’ the actor James Franco interviews Eminem about his life. Here Eminem slips out that he is gay and the movie loses it. But this is, of course, a scripted drama meant to be a comedy. Watch the scene below.

In Eminem’s verse on “What If I Was Gay,” he states that ‘being gay’ is not anyone’s fault, not even the person who is gay. It is merely the way your hormones are plugged in. However, it is also notable that Eminem calls it “repulsive” at the start.

Later on, Eminem narrates a story of a friend he grew up with, a normal kid with whom he talked about girls and what not. Later, the friend came out of the closet and Em feels like its a blow to their friendship. Eminem brings in religion, which has been a major source of oppression towards homosexuals in the modern world. According to Christian views, homosexuality is a sin and a violation of a direct order given by God himself. So, Eminem mockingly says that maybe he should pray for forgiveness for his friend who has disobeyed God himself.

Towards the mid of the third verse, we see a change of thematics of Eminem’s lyrics. He starts off by saying he is getting mixed feelings like Logic-the rapper. Logic has been vocal about his mixed-race in many of his tracks, however, Em is talking about his mixed feelings about sexual orientation. Eminem gets aggravated as his feelings towards homosexuality grow. He calls himself weak for not being able to control his biological urges. But he knows that he will only be able to resist so far.

Later on the verse, we find out that Eminem’s homosexual friend has committed suicide. TheTrevorProject states that homosexual teens are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual teens, and of all the suicide attempts made by teens, homosexual teens were up by 5 times than heterosexual teens. And it is not even their fault that they contemplate suicide. It’s the society that pushes them there.

Towards the latter part of Em’s verse on “What If I Was Gay,” he breaks down about the loss of his friend. Em says he was going to reveal his friend that he was fighting his inner demons on being gay. Only if Em had confessed his feelings with his friend a day early! Em admits that he was a hypocrite for the way he treated his gay friend. Why? Because Em is closeted gay too.

Despite the question, if Eminem is truly gay or not, this song is surely an eye-opener for the whole society of what homosexuals endure on a daily basis.

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