[UPDATE] Eminem's SNL Performance Was So Bad It Was Taken Off the Internet

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Well, this is awkward: Hulu has scrubbed videos of Eminem's performance on last night's Saturday Night Live from the internet, or tried to, at least. We'd guess that it could have something to do with the album leaking a week before its release date, but the Marshall Mathers EP 2 leak is old news at this point -- and the SNL performances of "Berzerk" and "Survival" were posted Sunday morning as they typically are after every SNL broadcast. So why were they pulled? If we were Eminem, we'd try to save as much face possible, because that SNL performance -- if you can call it that -- was an indisputable failure.

Update: Hulu put the videos back up this morning. You can watch Eminem give a master class in how not to lip-sync here and here.

See also: Janelle Monae Electrifies SNL Stage

Why? There was absolutely nothing about "Berzerk" that sounded remotely live, and it was so painfully obvious that Eminem was lip-syncing, or at the very least rapping over a backing track. (If he was indeed making actual noise with his mouth in real time, the backing track overwhelmed him, and that in and of itself is a huge problem.) Rick Rubin -- Def Jam co-founder, prolific producer and the main man behind the boards on Marshall Mathers EP 2 -- was reduced to nothing more than a prop Saturday night, scratching at a turntable and standing off to the side as Eminem hopped, skipped and jumped around as his voice piped in from behind him.

"Survival" was only slightly more tolerable, as Skylar Grey--painful to endure though she was -- sang her part, and Em very well could've this time around, too. And that's just it: when it comes to lip-syncing or an alleged phoned-in performance, you're guilty until proven innocent. Even if it comes out that Eminem did in fact rap a proper SNL set as opposed to a glorified karaoke trip with an audience, "Berzerk" and "Survival" are now tainted until someone who was in the studio that night corroborates that the speakers on set told a different story than the ones on our televisions at home.

Maybe Lorne Michaels got an angry phone call from the label and has (yet another) behemoth of a PR nightmare on his hands, so Hulu took the clips down until it gets sorted. The disappearance of the Eminem SNL performance clips is unfortunate, because dude should be held accountable for a job poorly done -- and SNL should be, too, for greenlighting it.

And we're not alone in thinking so. With the exception of Eminem's devoted (and vocal) fan base, the internet collectively scratched its head in confusion over the mystery du jour: The Case of Marshall Mathers' Absent Rap Game.


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doctordockmd
doctordockmd

Yo fuck YOU you skank ass bitch, you don't know shit. You couldn't do the shit he does if your fuckin life depended on it. You'll never be half the character or inspiration that he is. He's got more of that shit in his little finger than you do in your whole body, bitch. You can't even write a decent shit-talk article, look at you. Eminem would fuckin bury you.

fuckhhughes
fuckhhughes

The person who wrote this POS article is amazingly stupid.

TonyZ.23
TonyZ.23

i didnt see lip syncing i seen his vocal levels being too low. and on the song beserk it has points were hes put in his own vocals in the background of his main verses so of course theres gonna be the back track he cant sing two different verses at once how fucking retarded are you? fuck after all ems been through, brain damage having to relearn everything when he was a kid, to severe drug addiction and recovery over the years id actually not be at all offended if he did have to lip synch a song or two at his age. "so you can suck my dick if you dont like my shit" dont blog bitch about it you fucking faggot.

lauraja99
lauraja99

The performance was pathetic, whether it was lip-synced or not.

Stevart
Stevart

SNL/NBC PIGS!  I hate them.  EM is probably a conservative or at least not a fawning lib.  Look what that POS Cohen did to him.  Think maybe Sasha would have put his crotch in the face of a Bro from the hood like Puffy or DMX?  SNL PIMPS!  30 rock should burn!  Fey's a c.....

Sound_Op
Sound_Op

YOU ARE KIDDING. EM bodied both those tracks and his verses were live. THE SOUND ENGINEER MESSED UP and had his vocal level waaaaay too low. so you can't hear him much, and can only hear the back track. 

Label prolly called SNL pissed as all hell because the mix was so bad, snl pulled the web and tried to fix it but couldn't because they had already printed their 2 track to broadcast.

Come on village voice I thought you would have been able to hear that. dissapointed in this article. He had a back track on the hook and adlibs (like almost every other commercial artist has on their snl performances) but please believe he spit that live. The mix was just WAY OFF per ems vocal track.  

shame on the sound man/team. shame on village voice for trying to put it on eminem. I'm not even a big fan of eminem, just a sound engineer who sees stuff like this happen. 

jabrown
jabrown

Berserk: He's not lip-syncing. At least, not on the verses. I can't speak for the choruses, but you can hear his voice come through at the beginning of the song if you listen closely. This is a speaker issue. He's rapping, you just can't hear his mic very well. This is on the audio crew on SNL, who, for some reason, decided to blast the backing track and basically turn off Em's mic.

Survival: He's clearly not lip-syncing.... It's just obvious...

Kevin G Barone
Kevin G Barone

SNL...the whole show was torturous! Not funny or entertaining at all. Eminem's performances were very disappointing.

Marlena Bond
Marlena Bond

it's a shame Lorne Michaels is squandering what could be a really great show by making such poor decisions, he should retire, this show has been unwatchable in my opinion for a very long time, never liked Seth Meyers either, too vanilla

AJ Mathews
AJ Mathews

He ain't no Miley Cyrus....never thought I'd say before!

Kyle Lamountain
Kyle Lamountain

this continuously happens on snl... is eminem really the problem? and the fact that he doesnt know how to lip synch is a good thing right?

Michael Bauer
Michael Bauer

They should replace this clown and others like him with actual musicians.

Havingablast
Havingablast

Next week Eminem and Ashlee Simpson are going launch the new SNL policy of no live music with a lip-synched duet.

Louise Marchena
Louise Marchena

If you hit reply right under my comment, the conversation stays linked. Just and FYI

TonyZ.23
TonyZ.23

@Rhiannon Jung slit your own wrists you fuckin waste of life.

TonyZ.23
TonyZ.23

@Michael Bauer i should replace your brain cavity with a fuckin bullet.

TonyZ.23
TonyZ.23

@Havingablast and this week i fucking slit your throat tie you up throw you in my trunk and drive off a fucking bridge and rape your dad while your mom watches you fucking SHIT

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