Eminem posted a photo on Instagram earlier this month alongside Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar. His caption seemed to anticipate what everyone online was quick to notice: the usually clean-shaven rapper is sporting a scruffy jawline in the photo. “Just a couple of guys from Compton and one from Detroit. With a beard. #thedefiantones” the caption reads.
Eminem is featured in the upcoming HBO four-part documentary “The Defiant Ones,” which premieres July 9. It outlines the partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and their lasting impact on pop culture and the music industry.
But like we said–that’s not the part people are focusing on. Instead, Twitter is losing itself over the rapper’s new facial hair. Several fans are assuming a correlation between the facial hair and an upcoming album, perhaps because of a line in “Business:” “Can’t leave rap alone, the game needs me/’Til we grow beards, get weird and disappear/Into the mountains, nothin’ but clowns down here.”
Other stans weren’t as sure about the new look. “Shave it or save it?” one Twitter user questioned. “Eminem has a beard. I’ve seen it all, ladies and gentlemen,” another said.
It seems like Eminem has gotten down to business, and Twitter is here for it. Here’s a roundup of our favorite reactions.
eminem got a beard. Next album bout to be crazy pic.twitter.com/Oim5Zpwupf
— Flo (@Fdema123) June 24, 2017
EMINEM GOT A BEARD WTF THE WORLD IS ENDING
— ayad (@imfrenchfried) June 23, 2017
New Eminem single "Mocking Beard" coming soon ???????? pic.twitter.com/H1RWMzbrhP
— D12 (@D12) June 25, 2017
Can't believe it's 2017 & Eminem breaks the social media with 'beard.' what will happen when album drops?
Eminem ain't relevant, they said
— Southpawer Official (@Southpawer) June 23, 2017
Eminem has a beard. I've seen it all, ladies and gentleman. pic.twitter.com/Ruc8ttYn0e
— ???? (@shadykinggg) June 23, 2017
What do you guys think of Em's beard? Shave it or save it? pic.twitter.com/uQM7aupDAn
— D12 (@D12) June 24, 2017
Eminem with a beard!
RT for a million years of good luck ???? pic.twitter.com/UETehtmzs0
— World Star Savage (@WorldStarGhetto) June 23, 2017
The entire Eminem standom is freaking out over him growing a beard, this shit is great
— Pri (@pricisionart) June 23, 2017
Eminem has a fucking beard he musta really been in his cave cookin up the dopest rhymes for months
— thai ???? (@TShakW) June 23, 2017
— Mbs???????? (@MannyBenny1) June 23, 2017
Eminem's beard has me a lil shocked ngl pic.twitter.com/2fP8BnMzMm
— Tina (@christinarochee) June 23, 2017
Beyoncé done had her babies, Eminem got a beard, Rihanna got a man….. bruh this week has been wild w a capital T when it comes to my faves pic.twitter.com/ZFffYcCh8w
— Mini Kinah (@Kinah_KM3) June 27, 2017
Eminem looks fresh with a beard ngl
— kung fu yeehaw (@SodieEvolved) June 23, 2017