In response to the recent critics to "Music To Be Murdered By", Eminem has written an open letter to address the criticism. He released this letter via Twitter on Thursday beginning with a line from Jay-Z's 2001's "Renegade". Em then proceeds to address both the ‘gentle’ listeners and ‘victims’ of the album in true Alfred Hitchcock fashion.
“‘Cause, see, they call me a menace and if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it. But if it don’t, then y’all will swallow the truth, grin and bear it.”
“In today’s wonderful world murder has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it,” he writes. “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 selections 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!”
The letter is signed “With deepest sympathy, Shady” at the bottom with two drops of blood dripping from the top, his signature backwards “E” logo accented by a butchers knife serving as part of it.
Check out the original letter below: