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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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61.

OK    

Everyone lip synchs.

172 days ago
62.

RATTLESNAKE     

who cares it's not like he sings he just rhymes a bunch of angry words together while dropping in a word like "Kardashian" and other buzz bulls here and there

171 days ago
63.

Amber Olson     

WOW!!!!! I wasn't even going to comment, but I can't believe the negativity towards him. What has he done that has most of you in an uproar over if he lip-sync or not? Eminem is a super talented artist and you negative people know this, whether or not you want to admit it, it is up to you. It's not like we are talking about DOUSCHE BAG KANYE, this a man that has been to hell and back and doesn't flaunt his crap, the poor guy doesn't really even leave his house. Cut him some slack, save the negativity for someone that really deserves it and its not Eminem. Eminem was awesome and I think he killed it on stage. EMINEM YOU ROCK!!!!!!

171 days ago
64.

BB not bb    

If you are performing live it should be live. I don't see how he can jump around and sing in a parka like that either. He must have been too hot too really sing. These people who do a lot of jumping around or dancing are usually lip syncing. You have to be in great shape otherwise.


People expect to hear live music at a live performance. It did look very lip synced. His lips didn't seem to be moving with what I was hearing. A lot of these acts are just there to be stars and not artists.

171 days ago
65.

BB not bb    

Eminem is kind of like M & Ms, cheap, candy coated, mass produced garbage. I listen to his lyrics and they almost sound like they make sense, and then they don't. The music almost sounds like it is going somewhere, and then it doesn't. It is kind of like a mind loop.


I don't know any older people who listen to Eminem. I think he is kind of like an icon for the younger people. He represents something more than he delivers something. I think Vanilla Ice was even better.


I wonder if he sold himself out to the Illuminati and they wanted his music to be fishy. When he first came out, he sounded like he could have made some sense. Now it just sounds confused, but he is very popular still.

171 days ago
66.

Monksolo    

Eminem is the voice of a generation with first world problems.

171 days ago
67.

elex    

Come on TMZ, is this the best you can do? It's Eminem FFS, who gives a FF if he was lip syncing...

171 days ago
68.

J    

The man proved he's the best, why do people pick apart his performance now? The Man took about five or more years off of performing and he was still a predominant factor in the hip hop world. If this is a case of " oh he's lip syncing"then try to do what he has done.... You can't and no one cannot compare or even come close. And even the major players in rap won't even want to test Mathers, reason he would end there career, he's a loaded gun ready to blast verbally if he's tested....

171 days ago
69.

fluffygrrrl    

It is called Saturday Night LIVE for a reason.. Lip synching on that show ENDED Ashlee Simpson's career, yet the next week after her performance,..Eminem does the same thing and gets away with it...Someone must call bulls@@t on this. He doesn't even put enough effort into trying to look believable. He is talented enough, just giving us all the finger because we buy his stuff whether he does a good show or not. As fans we need to expect more from these hacks

171 days ago
70.

amber    

SNL has made all their guests sound ****ty for weeks now. Why don't they fire the audio guy there? WTF

171 days ago
71.

DI     

He looked hopped up on drugs. He was just plain bizarre during the closing. Very weird.

171 days ago
72.

Passion Of The Taint    

Ashlee Simpson got served!!!!

170 days ago
73.

Passion Of The Taint    

He has crazy or just frightened eyes...

Oh no!!!! My microphone is not on!!!
This is Wiggedy Wack!!!!

170 days ago
74.

Everybody Does!    


He always has..? and so do a lot of bands/artists. I saw him back in 2003 and 2011, nothing new. Listen to his tracks when he raps in a high voice and his regular voice at the same time, which is in almost every track. Its a very common practice in the music industry, makes the voice and lyrics sound more clear and pure, and used live for the same sound effect as the album, you expect him and others to make his voice high and low at the same time..? The main voice you hear is his LIVE voice. Get real people.

168 days ago
75.

yourmom    

Who cares if he even did lip-sync. He has proven he doesn't need to plenty of times. Ashlee Simpson got ripped doing it because she was at her prime stage having needed to prove herself and she did prove her self to be load of no talent crap.

167 days ago
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