Justin Bieber says Eminem “doesn’t understand” rap’s new generation

The pop star has hit out at the rapper for criticising those who came after him

Justin Bieber has said Eminem “doesn’t understand” rap’s new generation after the rapper made several criticisms of the genre’s new stars.

Eminem took aim at some of the rappers who have followed him on his song ‘The Ringer’, which appeared on last year’s surprise album, ‘Kamikaze’.

The track mentioned Vince Staples, 21 Savage, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Yachty, Iggy Azalea, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, and more. The ‘Lose Yourself’ rapper also called out the current crop of artists for mumbling, rapping: “I heard your mumbling but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo/The era that I’m from will pummel you, that’s what it’s coming to.


Bieber made the comments about Eminem on his Instagram story earlier today, after sharing a screenshot of ‘The Ringer’ on Apple Music. “I just like Em’s flow but don’t like that he’s dissing new rappers,” the pop star wrote.


“I like the new generation of rap,” he added. “He just doesn’t understand it.”

Yesterday (April 30), Bieber appeared to tease a new collaboration with Ed Sheeran. The singer posted two images of himself and the British star in front of a green screen backdrop on his Twitter page with the caption 10. It has been speculated the number could refer to the amount of days until the rumoured track drops.

Bieber last released an album in 2015 with ‘Purpose’. Earlier this year, his manager Scooter Braun teased that its follow-up would arrive in 2019.


The singer later announced he was taking a break from music to “repair some deep rooted issues”, but surprised fans last month by making an appearance on stage during Ariana Grande’s headline set at the second weekend of Coachella 2019.

Meanwhile, Eminem’s definition of the word “stan” has been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The word has been given two new entries as both a noun (“an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan”) and a verb (“to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree” or “to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something”).

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