Did Eminem go too far?
The first track on the 45-year-old rapper’s latest album “Kamikaze” references Kala Brown, a woman who was held hostage by serial killer Todd Christopher Kohlhepp two years ago. Kohlhepp killed Brown’s boyfriend Charles David Carver and kept Brown locked inside a shipping container on his property for more than two months. When police rescued Brown, she was chained around the neck.
On the track “The Ringer,” Eminem references Brown by rapping, “Bitch, I’m off the chain like Kala Brown.”
The lyric is one of many controversies surrounding Eminem’s latest offering, but in a recent statement to The Independent, a representative for Brown said that no offense was taken.
“Given we fully know and understand Eminem’s style of rap music, it can come off as a little unnerving, but [Brown] does not want to take offense or feel as if he is attacking her personally,” Brown’s representative said.
“Everyone expresses themselves in their own way, and if anything, people will always feel a flash of Kala’s struggle when hearing that line,” the statement continued.
Brown’s struggle was undoubtedly a horrific one. On the day she was kidnapped, Brown and her late boyfriend were on Kohlhepp’s property for a cleaning job — one of many that Kohlhepp, a real estate agent, had hired Brown for. Kohlhepp then allegedly shot and killed Carver without warning, and held Brown captive in a shipping container on his expansive property.
During a “Dr. Phil” interview in 2017, Brown revealed that Kohlhepp raped her multiple times a day during her captivity. After suing her former captor for assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence, a judge awarded Brown $6.3 million last month, Newsweek reports.
The Kala Brown reference is far from the only controversial aspect of Eminem’s latest album. In addition to adding fire to a feud with rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Eminem was also slammed for using a homophobic slur when hitting back at Tyler the Creator, who criticized his music four years ago.
[Photo: Eminem attends the rag & bone X Eminem London pop-up opening on July 13, 2018 in London, England. By David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Rag & Bone]