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Eminem namechecks serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in three of his songs

Emily Brown

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Eminem namechecks serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in three of his songs

Everyone knows Eminem refers to Stan, his mum (and her spaghetti) and various other rappers in his tracks, but serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer also gets a shoutout from the rapper not once, not twice, but three times.

Dahmer has returned to headlines more than 30 years after his arrest thanks to Netflix's new series detailing his crimes, with Evan Peters taking on the role of the murderer in the dramatised version of the horrific events.

The spotlight on Dahmer's crimes has led some people to notice references they might have previously overlooked, with music fans realising this isn't the first time they've heard the killer's name.

Eminem often refers to other people in his tracks. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Eminem often refers to other people in his tracks. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Eminem appears to favour the killer when it comes to lyrics as he's previously mentioned him in three different tracks, with the first namedrops coming in 2009 on Em's album Relapse.

He refers to Dahmer in both 'Bagpipes from Baghdad' and 'Must Be The Ganja', along with a number of other well-known names.

In 'Bagpipes from Baghdad', Em raps: "With that Latin hunk Luis Miguel / Nick Cannon better back the f*** up... / Zap and Eric Clapton shaft brings Abba crunk... / I cut you like Dahmer, pull a butcher knife on ya."

Dahmer then crops up again in 'Must Be The Ganja', when the Rap God says: "I'm admittin' I'm beginnin' to feel like I don't think anyone's real / Faced with a dilemma: I can be Dalai Lama / And be calm or bring drama, a step beyond of Jeffrey Dahmer."

The rapper took a bit of a break from singing about Dahmer following the release of Relapse, but it seems Eminem couldn't resist bringing him up a third time in his 2013 track 'Brainless', when he says: "Just think if I had a brain in it, thank God that I don't, cause I'd probably be Dahmer, 'cause mama."

Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in 1991 for a string of murders. Credit: ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy Stock Photo
Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in 1991 for a string of murders. Credit: ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy Stock Photo

Though controversial, it's not actually that surprising that Eminem makes reference to Dahmer as he's previously spoken out about having 'a thing' for serial killers.

Following the release of Relapse, Eminem explained: "I did find myself watching a lot of documentaries on serial killers. I mean, I always had a thing for them. Oh, that's not twisted in itself at all, right? I've always been intrigued by them and I found that watching movies about killers sparked something in me.

"The way a serial killer's mind works, just the psychology of them is pretty f*cking crazy. I was definitely inspired by that, but most of the album's imagery came from my own mind."

With his obsession in mind, Eminem will probably be glad to know Netflix is set to release another series about Dahmer, titled Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes, next month.

Featured Image Credit: Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy ARCHIVIO GBB / Alamy

Topics: Eminem, TV and Film, Celebrity, Music, True Crime

Emily Brown
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