Eminem has issued a statement about his recent album Music To Be Murdered By, which faced some backlash after listeners were upset over several controversial lyrics - mainly his lyrics about the Manchester bombing.

He released the statement via his Twitter account on Thursday:

"Gentle listener, In today's wonderful world murder has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it. I thought why not make a sport if it, and murder over beats? So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain," he begins.

"This album was not made for the squeamish. If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you," he continued. "Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us.

"So you see, murder in this instance isn't always literal, nor pleasant," his message concludes. "These bars are only meant for the sharpest of knives in the drawers. For the victims of this album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight! With deepest sympathy, Eminem."

Eminem's albums usually have some kind of shock factor, so we're not sure what folks were expecting - this is what he has done from the very beginning.