Die Antwoord weren’t appreciative of the shout out on “Untouchable.”
Eminem’s previously explained why he chooses to deliberately skewer names and words in his raps. It’s never out of malice but rather for the purpose of making words rhyme better. His ability to rhyme things that don’t necessarily rhyme technically plays a factor in his legendary status. However, in his most recent song, “Untouchable,” the mispronunciation of a certain group’s name has received some criticisms.
Earlier today, Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord posted a video on her Instagram putting Eminem on blast for mispronouncing the group’s name. She asks how he’d feel if she mispronounced his name in the first place.
“Okay, so like, how would you feel if I called you Eeminem? Okay, your name’s Eminem but I call you Eeminem, just because it rhymes with something you know,” she says while Ninja sits next to her.
Ninja chimes in with a rhyme before Visser takes over and says it more clearly.
“Eeminem went to jail and got a bit of semen in his bum and was never seen again,” she rapped before saying, “You know, do you see how that feels?”
The line she referred to was on the third verse of “Untouchable”, where he raps, “I’d rather hear ’em say “Die N-word” than Die Antwoord/ Ninja, now that’s a better disguised banter.” He raps from the perspective of a black male in America during the verse.
Out of all the things Eminem has caught flack for over the course of his career, this may be the first time he got heat for mispronouncing a name.