Listening Station: Eminem Gets A Cranky Crank Call

Jun 4th, 2007 // 10 Comments

em.jpgLast week, the tale of one Kyle Spratt–an overzealous Eminem fan who snagged his hero’s phone number after stealing Kim Mathers’ cell phone from her while she was at a Windsor, Ont., bingo hall, then called him to request a tete-a-tete–made its way around the Internet, prompting many pundits to dub the 18-year-old aspiring rapper “the real-life Stan.” Over the weekend, the incensed Spratt released “Slim Sellout,” an Eminem diss track where he samples Em’s attempts to disguise his voice and claims that Encore was a crap album, on his MySpace page; he’s since taken it down, perhaps because of the murky legality of Spratt’s recording his phone conversations with Eminem and the Detroit police. Thankfully, Nah Right snatched the MP3, so you can hear Em’s admittedly hilarious attempts to disguise his pipes and see just how angry a scorned fan of Marshall Mathers can get.

UPDATE: As gregcoff noted, the speed of our modern age has allowed Spratt to post a follow-up track–which is, in a case of meta crashing down upon itself, all about the furor he’s caused–on his MySpace page.

Kyle Spratt – Slim Sellout [MP3, link expired; via Nah Right]
Kyle Spratt [MySpace]
Fan Steals Kim Mathers’ Phone, Calls Eminem [wxyz.com]

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  1. gregcoff

    Weird role-reversal there. Kyle Spratt sounds more like Eminem on that track than Eminem does.

  2. Audif Jackson Winters III

    I was just thinking the other day how irrelevant Eminem has become. If some fan pulled this off circa 2002, shit would be on the front page of the N.Y. Post.

  3. gregcoff

    Just wanted to point out that Kyle Spratt has posted a response track that responds to the response people had to the Eminem thing. MySpace rap is mad postmodern.

    Also wanted to point out that in the song (called “Fifteen Minutes) Spratt expresses an intention to turn his fifteen minutes of fame into fifteen billion minutes of fame. Which, by my calculations, would mean our freakish mutant descendants will be listening to Kyle Spratt in the year 30,000.

  4. Al Shipley

    I love the way there’s a “Kyle Spratt” tag on this post, like it’s sure to be just the first of many posts about this promising young artist.

  5. Audif Jackson Winters III

    This kid realizes hip-hop is dead … right?

  6. baconfat

    isn’t anyone curious about how Kim Mathers has Em listed in her phone’s address book? Eminem? Marshall? Psycho Ex?

  7. gorillavsmarykate

    @baconfat: I believe it’s “income”

  8. Juancho

    @baconfat: babydaddy?

    I think Kyle Spratt just jumped to the top of the nerdcore movement.

  9. Julio Allison

    It’s funny to think back on how — just a few short years ago, circa 8 Mile and all that — even the more highbrow music fans were beginning to embrace Eminem as some kind of innovative artist. It was almost like he could do no wrong, in a way.

    That whole era, also characterized by Limp Bizkit’s reign as a marquee artist and Britney Spears’ making records, seems so far away now.

  10. Cloaca

    That phone call? Sick. That song? Whack. There ya go, Kyle.

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