Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9 has come forward to offer his take on longtime friend/rapper Eminem taking a shot at fellow Interscope Records artist Lady Gaga on their new “A Kiss” record.

Cooling off angry Gaga fans, Royce said Slim Shady was merely making a playful joke at best.

“(Eminem) has a great sense of humor. He’s been doing that type of thing his whole career. It’s one of the things that makes him great. I laughed when I heard it and told him he was crazy. I definitely don’t think anyone should take it as an insult.” (Billboard)

Royce and Em’s record emerged across the Internet last weekend.

Eminem has never shied away from sharing his personal opinions about contemporary pop stars, from bitching about Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera back in the days of “The Real Slim Shady” to informing Nicki Minaj of his desire to have anal sex with her in “Fast Lane” earlier this year. The chance to comment on his peers often inspires some of Em’s best, most impassioned spitting, but not so much on recent Bad Meets Evil leak “A Kiss,” where he revives some old rumors about the world’s biggest pop star: “Tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office / She’s still a male lady.” (Pop Dust)

Last September, rap star 50 Cent also questioned the singer’s genital area.

“Gotta love it Lady gaga had a steak on her head last night. But if I call her meat head her fans will get mad at me,” he tweetedMonday (September 13) evening.

“Didn’t they say that b*tch got a d*ck. I don’t know where I heard that yal heard that sh*t?” (50 Cent’s Twitter)

In 2010, Gaga addressed rumors and gossip claiming she is a man.

“I love the rumor that I have a penis. I’m fascinated by it. In fact, it makes me love my fans even more that this rumor is in the world because 17,000 of them come to an arena every night and they don’t care if I’m a man, a woman, a hermaphrodite, gay, straight, transgendered, or transsexual. They don’t care! They are there for the music and the freedom. This has been the greatest accomplishment of my life – to get young people to throw away what society has taught them is wrong. Gay culture is at the very essence of who I am and I will fight for women and for the gay community until I die.” (The Huffington Post)

Check out “A Kiss” below: