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Sunday Night Sample - Eminem - “Alfred's Theme"

Eminem released his new album this past week, 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.”

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 arrived on Eilish’s 19th birthday.

“Alfred’s Theme,” which pays homage to the album’s Hitchcockian premise samples the “Funeral March of a Marionette” which also happened to be the theme song to “Alfred Hitchcock presents”

Eminem produced the track himself. The instrumental utilizes the “Funeral March of a Marionette” which was originally composed by a French composer named Charles Gounod.

Along with multiple lines about the coronavirus pandemic, the song also includes a brief skit in which Eminem starts to wash his hands while singing 'Happy Birthday,' advice recommended by the CDC.