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Jacques Loussier: Sukka MCs and Beethoven

Jacques Loussier

Jacques Loussier doesn’t want to go “Kill You” on Eminem for jacking his music. He just wants to be paid in full. Loussier says the beat for “Kill You,” from Em’s 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP, is essentially “a very nice copy” of his own composition “Pulsion,” a fusion number the French pianist wrote two decades ago. Since Eminem doesn’t agree, Loussier has filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

Despite the fact that “Kill You” is an unrelenting misogynistic rant redeemed only a little by Eminem’s characteristic maybe-irony, Loussier praises the rapper as an artist: “He’s a great figure of rap music, that’s for sure. He’s very intelligent; he’s certainly not as bad as he thinks he is. I am not surprised that he chose this music, because this is one of my best compositions.” (Loussier may have been influenced on this point by his son, an MC français who was the first to alert Jacques to “Kill You.”)

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