Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Facebook vs. Eminem: Pissed-Off Rapper Says Mark Zuckerberg Ripped Off His Beats

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 8:18 AM

click to enlarge don't you love it when billionaires get into it?
  • don't you love it when billionaires get into it?

Eminem, the prolific and profane rapper, is suing fellow billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO whose idea of irreverence is adding tickers to your Facebook wall.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Eminem claims Facebook stole the beats, melody, etc. from his 2000 hit "Under the Influence." The Bay Area social media giant ran an ad for its new Facebook Home app on April 4, featuring a song with beats eerily similar to Eminem's dirty ditty about popping pills and sucking his dick.

Eminem wasn't the first one to think Zuckerberg was trying to tap his inner Slim Shady.

Here's Zuckerberg's Eminem-sounding ad:

The complaint claims the ad agency, Wieden+Kennedy of Portland, Oregon, copied Eminem's music "in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg's personal likes and interests, and/or to invoke the same irreverent theme" of the rapper's song.

Now for Eminem's NSFW song:

If this were a competition over Facebook friends, Eminem, who has 70 million-plus friends, would kill (figuratively speaking) Zuckerberg and his 17 million followers.

  • Pin It

About The Author

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • Jack White at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.
  • San Francisco Street Food Festival 2014
    The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.