On Friday, Dec. 18, Eminem surprise-released his new album Music To Be Murdered By – Side B. The 16-track LP includes various references to coronavirus, Rihanna and even Mariah Carey. However, there’s one particular song that is catching Billie Eilish fans’ attention.
The album’s third track “Alfred’s Theme” is sparking a lot of reactions from Eilish’s fanbase and there’s a good reason why.
It hasn’t even been a year since Eminem released his last studio album Music To Be Murdered By. However, it looks like the coronavirus pandemic inspired Eminem to work on a whole new album in 2020.
On Friday, Eminem surprise-dropped his new album Music To Be Murdered By – Side B. The new LP is a continuation of his previous album and is, of course, filled with quite a few controversial lyrics.
Along with calling out both Mariah Carey and Snoop Dogg on his new album, Eminem also references Billie Eilish much to the surprise of fans. On the song “Alfred’s Theme,” Eminem raps, “But really I’m just fulfilling my wish of killing rhymes / Which is really childish and silly, but I’m really like this / I’m giving nightmares to Billie Eilish.”
Naturally, the lyrics have caught the attention of many Billie Eilish fans.
Eminem name dropped Billie Eilish pic.twitter.com/02jtFU61sw
— Sasuke Sensei 🇳🇵🇹🇭 (@umanga_khanal) December 18, 2020
eminem just mentioned billie eilish yep as he should
— ash (@habitualsabel) December 18, 2020
What did Billie Eilish do to Eminem? 😂
— Mbongeni (@MGegana7) December 18, 2020
As it turns out, there’s a reason why Eminem rapped those particular lyrics. Back in 2019, Eilish told Noisey that she was actually scared of the rapper. When asked to choose between Eminem and Childish Gambino, she had to go with Donald Glover.
”I have to say Childish Gambino, one billion per cent,” she said. “I was scared of Eminem my whole life. Terrified. That dude freaked the fuck out of me. Oh my god. But you know, Childish Gambino created me, dude. I don’t even know, that’s crazy, that’s a god – you can’t even put him in a list of other people.”
Coincidentally, Eminem’s new album arrives on Eilish’s 19th birthday. The coincidence has led many fans to think his name dropping was his way of wishing Eilish a happy birthday.
“I’m giving nightmares to Billie Eilish”😂
— Døñgã🙇🏻♂️||🍃عآمِرْ (@itsd0n9a) December 18, 2020
I almost got a heart attack like someone posted that eminem dissed billie eilish and i was like FUCK NOW WHAT and then i looked closely and the dude likes her so much he wished her a happy birthday on his fkn album
— Joey B (@AdvilBhargava) December 18, 2020
NO EMINEM SAID “IM GIVING NIGHTMARES TO BILLIE EILISH” WHAT? WAIT WH- HE KNOWS
— 자나이야⁷ ♡ 지민 (@pjmgmfu) December 18, 2020
— 𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘹 𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘴 (@alexgsiles) December 18, 2020
— tryhard_101_xd (@tryhard_101) December 18, 2020
Elsewhere on the album, Eminem also apologizes to Rihanna. On the track “Zeus (feat. White Gold),” the rapper offers an apology to Rihanna over decade-old lyrics about Chris Brown that leaked last year. On the leaked track, Eminem said he “sided” with Brown after he pleaded guilty to felony assault involving Rihanna in 2009. However, it’s now clear Eminem is trying to make amends on “Zeus.”
“But, me, long as I re-promise to be honest / And wholeheartedly, apologies, Rihanna,” he raps. “For that song that leaked, I’m sorry, Ri / It wasn’t meant to cause you grief / Regardless, it was wrong of me.”
What are your reactions to Eminem referencing Billie Eilish on his new album? What is your favorite track off of the LP? Let us know in the comments below.