Ken Kaniff is Eminem
persona. He is featured in skits on the Slim Shady LP
and The Marshall Mathers LP
. One promo tape featured Ken Kaniff prank calling people (he was looking for two strong men... and a van). He is also mentioned or featured in a couple of Eminem's songs. A freestyle from The Tim Westwood
Show had Eminem rapping a verse as Ken.
It's hard to say why Eminem uses the Ken Kaniff persona. It's possible he's homophobic and Ken is used to ridicule gays, but I don't really think this is the case. Eminem says that almost everything he raps about is said in jest. He might be using Ken to express his own homosexual feelings, but I don't really think this is true. I think that Eminem is just having fun and doesn't really care whose expense it is at.
This is the aforementioned Ken Kaniff freestyle:
This is Ken
I'm back again
I'm here to rap about men
That's all I think about all day is men
I'm not a homo
I'm just gay and I'm doing a promo
For Slim Shady
I came out the closet to say "Oh Baby"
Oh hell yeah, bro
What you think about gay men?
This is Ken Kaniff
And if you want a riff
I'll leave you even stiffer than my dick is
You know what this is?
This is Christmas for all men
Call girls, even small men
I don't care
I wear no underwear
And I wonder where
I'm gonna take it next
Take this ecstacy and get on the plane
Fly to Spain with a bunch of pain
Little little boy, little boy, little boy (x4)