Eminem’s writing pad is a place that some rappers dream to find their name on. N-Sync’s Chris Kirkpatrick ended up in a song where he was straight-up threatened. Time has a way of adding a bit of clarity in retrospect. Now Chris can look at the situation in a much different way.
In an example of lyrics that Gen Z’ers use to cancel Eminem, he namedropped Chris Kirkpatrick in the middle of “Without Me,” his 2002 breakout single. You can check out the lyrics below.
I go tit for tat with anybody who’s talking this shit and that shit
Chris Kirkpatrick, you can get your ass kicked
Worse than them little Limp Bizkit bastards
And Moby, you can get stomped by Obie
You thirty six year old bald headed f*g, blow me
You don’t know me, you’re too old, let it go its over
Nobody listens to Techno
Needless to say, that namedrop was not expected from Chris Kirkpatrick’s side. Eminem has a way of providing very unexpected moments.
While speaking to Chris Van Vliet’s Insight, Chris Kirkpatrick was asked about becoming an Eminem lyric. He took the experience well and admits that it’s one of his favorite songs now. He must have done something right for Eminem to throw lyrical shade at him in a song like that.
“Either you made it or you got beef with someone you look up to, I was like, ‘what the? What happened here?’ I was like, at first kinda freaked out. Of course nowadays I think it’s amazing. That song is one of my favorite songs and to have my name in it too, I did something right or wrong.”
Chris said they were doing a show in Miami back in the day, and he started getting a bunch of text messages while on the bus. He wondered what Eminem would get to rhyme with his name, “and then I heard ‘get your ass kicked,’ and I was like ‘oh yeah I guess that does kinda rhyme,'” he admitted.
Chris Kirkpatrick never got to talk to Eminem about the line in that song. He considers it a huge form of flattery now. It’s great to hear him talk about those days, nearly 20 years later. Check out the video below for the full clip.
Transcription by Thirsty