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Justin Vernon Says He’s “Not a Fan of the Message” of His New Eminem Collaboration

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon was the most surprising guest on Eminem’s surprise new album, Kamikaze, which the rapper released last night. Vernon’s vocals are featured in the hook for one of the record’s more purposefully controversial tracks, “Fall,” on which Eminem calls out a whole host of people and entities, including his former associate Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, Lord Jamar, Pitchfork (“I might have to fuck Pitchfork with a corkscrew”), and, most vociferously, Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch,” Eminem rhymes on the track.

In response to a commenter on Twitter today, Justin Vernon clarified that he had very little involvement with the direction of the track, and claimed that he and Eminem were never in the studio together. The song came, Vernon explained, from a session he did separately with producers BJ Burton and Mike Will Made It. Vernon said he was “not a fan of [the song’s] message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it.”

Vernon also released his collaborative album with The National’s Aaron Dessner, under the moniker Big Red Machine, last night. He posted a new solo recording called “Agasteen” earlier this week. Read Vernon’s response below.