eminem kick off freestyle

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Eminem releases 11-minute freestyle referencing Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber

He raps at length about the 2017 bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.

 

Audra Schroeder

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Published Dec 3, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 12:16 am CDT

On Friday night, Eminem was apparently feeling “nostalgic about battle rap,” which lead to the release of “Kick Off,” an 11-minute freestyle that checks Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, and Reese Witherspoon.

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Filmed at his “old stomping grounds”—St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit—Eminem starts off rapping about suicide bombers and references Grande’s 2017 Manchester concert where a bombing killed 22 people. (Eminem helped raise money for the families.)

He goes on to mention Bieber, Witherspoon, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett, and Laci Peterson. He also freestyles about his balls, and choking women.

This has been an exhaustive year of Em beefs: In August he released Kamikaze, which name-dropped Tyler the Creator, Lil Pump, and President Donald Trump (again). Around the same time, he engaged in a freestyle beef with Machine Gun Kelly, which might have just been some well-crafted PR. Bhad Bhabie’s fans also came for him, after some accused Eminem of lifting beats for Kamikaze from the 15-year-old rapper’s song “Hi Bich.”

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*First Published: Dec 3, 2018, 10:56 am CST