He really couldn’t hear his snare, it turns out. Also news on Gwen Stefani, Daryl Coley and more

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Eminem clears up ‘snare’ line

Eminem is cleaning out his closet and solving a hip-hop mystery in the process. In the opening of his 2002 single “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” Em famously says, “where’s my snare? There’s no snare in my headphones,” and this week the rapper cleared up the mystery around the line, which became one of his most infamous ad-libs (and also inspired a “Chappelle’s Show” skit). “This was true. I was recording and couldn’t hear the snare, the engineer had it muted for some reason. I kept it,” Em wrote on the lyric annotation website Genius.com. So congrats to the engineer, who helped Em create a bit of hip-hop history. Next question: Did Kanye West really need his headphones to go louder in the beginning of “Cold?”

Gwen Stefani embraces her new self on ‘Truth’

Gwen Stefani says her new album saved her life. The singer released her third solo album, “This is What the Truth Feels Like” on Friday, and it’s her first album since the breakup of her marriage to Bush singer Gavin Rossdale (and her subsequent coupling with her “Voice” co-star Blake Shelton). “It was really a life-saver record for me,” Stefani tells Time. “It wasn’t until I had to go through the worst tragedy that it really opened up a channel for me to be like, ‘God gave me a gift. I’m going to use it now. Because if I don’t, I’m going to die.’ ” The 46-year-old singer tells the mag the album helped her open up and connect with a different side of herself. “I’ve really been trying to exercise my spiritual side in the last year,” she says. “I scraped myself off the floor and went into the studio and tried to somehow be alive again.”

Gospel’s Coley dies

Gospel singer Daryl Coley has died at the age of 60, Billboard reports. The singer, who hailed from the Bay Area in California, landed 14 albums on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, including six top 10s and one No. 1 (1992’s “When the Music Stops”). “I’m broken-hearted but full of joy that God Allowed me to be fathered by such an awesome man father and friend,” Coley’s son, Te’Ceion, wrote on Instagram.

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“Rockford Files” star Joe Santos, died Friday, according to the Associated Press. He was 84. In addition to playing Lt. Becker on “The Rockford Files,” Santos also had roles on “Magnum, P.I.,” “Miami Vice” and “The Sopranos.”

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Today’s birthdays

Glenn Close, 69

Harvey Weinstein, 64

Bruce Willis, 61

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