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Eminem

I Was NOT Lip-Syncing, But ...

11/4/2013 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Eminem is claiming he didn't pull an Ashlee Simpson on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for the rapper tells us Em was not lip-syncing during his performance of "Berzerk" ... but does admit he was using a vocal track underneath his live vocals.

Translation: live mic+vocal track = vocal help. Yes, technically ...it's not lip-syncing, but it's pretty damn close.

The rep adds, "He just likes this sound and if you listen to his albums they are done the same way."

Guilty conscience?

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31.

puddintang    

I just want to know why he's wearing a parka indoors.

352 days ago
32.

Stick It Bam    

As one cannot sing two lines simultaneously live this is how it is done, whether in the studio or live.
Totally crap article.

352 days ago
33.

Duke Steele    

So, this guy needs help TALKING. Yeah, thats right. TALKING!

352 days ago
34.

Andy    

He likes the sound of it hiding his mistakes and enhancing his dull voice.

352 days ago
35.

TIFFANY    

Harvey, since you started hoary TMZ all over the place, including TMZ live on TV you guys have been pulling crap out of your azz, you should know dam well that every artist has there background music going while they performing - EM was not lip snycin he rappin allow with the track in the background.. stop it.. you guys have been pissin me off a lot lately with these busit**** azz stories.

352 days ago
36.

robyn    

I just listened to both the SNL which I did watch Saturday night and the original video to compare. I actually liked the SNL the best, they did change it up and I loved it ! I love both versions too! As an artist who cares what they do to get the song out there- we know he can sing he has proven himself !

352 days ago
37.

Scary    

Nah, if people like their vocals doubled or whatever, so what? Just about everyone is using effects on their voices, anyway, on-stage, in the studio, etc. If you want authenticity, go see your local small town band.

352 days ago
38.

King    

No care. Marsha was very fetching in his retro survival coat but it's not funny, it's not fun.

352 days ago
39.

Jill    

definitely lip synching. If anything he was whispering the lyrics overtop of the track but a 'live' performance? there is no way. I was excited to see him on SNL. Sadly disappointed that he pulled a Britney.

352 days ago
40.

Dismalhead    

Another phony Milli Vanilli exposed. Sorry dude, but you are lip synching if you have a vocal track you're singing along to.

352 days ago
41.

mathew    

whats the issue, many artists have been using the same technique such as jessie j

352 days ago
42.

jaemd    

You guys are morons if you think Eminem should ever even be mentioned in the same sentence as Ashlee Simpson. If you think Eminem NEEDS any kind of help, you haven't been paying attention for the last 20 years. The guy was rapping over another track to get a specific effect. Deal with it and stop showing yourselves to be morons.

352 days ago
43.

Livvie    

A lot of singers do this...big deal.

352 days ago
44.

becky    

He has an amazing talent. Who cares

352 days ago
45.

YouDontSay    

What are you talking about lip syncing. He is doing his thing with a back up tape (ie. same as back up singers). This has been done for decades having yourself sing different harmonies, etc. I am not a rap fan but he is Genius.

352 days ago
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