The call from Gen Z to 'cancel' Eminem

Even with the rapper's history of controversial lyrics, millennials are coming to his defense.
2:33 | 03/06/21

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We turn to our "Gma" cover it's a battle of the generations here setting social media on fire. It all started when posts on tiktok from gen-zers called for eminem to be canceled over his history over controversial that's when his biggest fans, millenials, came to his defense standing up for the rapper in a big way and zohreen shah has the story. Have you ever been hated or discriminated I have Reporter: This morning some of rapper eminem's hit lyrics landing him in the middle of a generational battle. You ever love somebody so much you can barely breathe Reporter: Generation Z, Twitter and tiktok users taking notice of his smash hit "Love the way you lie," point to themes of violence and domestic abuse. In the song eminem saying -- I'm so ashamed I napped who that dude I don't know his name I laid hands on her I guess I don't know my own strength Reporter: Some pushing to cancel the artist but many of eminem's millennial fans are coming to his defense. Let me make it quite clear. This man was around even before you were here. You're mad because -- Reporter: Making parodies over the drama. We ought to cancel eminem. Why? His lyrics are terrible. Reporter: Now responding overnight, eminem dropping a lyric video to a previously released song that blames his alter ego and references his controversial lyrics. Won't stop until they cancel me Reporter: Eminem has years of provocative songs, an estimate sale of 220 million records. ABC entertainment expert Chris Connelly was an mtv veejay during his rise and says eminem is no stranger to controversy. His lyrics have talked about things that many people find to be offensive and hateful and he's been called out for it on a number of occasions but this has always been a huge part of who he was. Reporter: Some saying this is just a fresh face to an old fight. Popular music, there have been issues about lyrical content going back to Elvis Presley in the '50s, going to the rolling stones in the '60s and '70s. So this is a battle that's gone on for 40, 50 years now. Reporter: Zohreen shah, ABC news Los Angeles. Our thanks to zohreen for that report. Will reeve, you were just rapping a little bit in the piece. Oh, I got eminem specific bars. You gonna drop some bars? In the next break I'll do that, folks.

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