Eminem went on a 4-1/2-minute freestyle targeting President Donald Trump on Tuesday night.
The Detroit rapper, like his many contemporaries, has built a career on his ability to articulate searing – and sometimes controversial – broadsides against his opponents. This time, he focused squarely on Trump. The artist conjured “the calm before the storm” in his opening line, a not-so-subtle reference to a phrase Trump recently used during a meeting with military personnel.
Eminem uses that line as a launching point for the first part of his salvo: “But we better give Obama props, ’cause what we got in office now’s a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust – and while the drama pops, and he waits for s— to quiet down, he’ll just gas his plane up and fly around ’til the bombing stops.
“Intensity’s heightened; tensions are rising. Trump, when it comes to giving a s—, you’re stingy as I am.”
The multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-winning rapper hit on several grievances about Trump in his rhymes. The video was set at his Detroit home with a crew and a collection of classic cars as his backdrop.
Watch the full video below, and scroll down for a sample of the lyrics:
“That’s why he wants us to disband, ’cause he cannot withstand the fact we’re not afraid of Trump. F— walking on eggshells, I came to stomp. That’s why he keeps screaming ‘drain the swamp’ ’cause he’s in quicksand.
“It’s like we take a step forwards then backwards, but this is his form of distraction. Plus he gets an enormous reaction when he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that instead of talking Puerto Rico and gun reform for Nevada. All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored or would rather cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.
“Then says he wants to lower our taxes. Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips, back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions? Same s— that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered, then does it more. From his endorsement of Bannon, support for the Klansmen, tiki torches in hand for the soldier that’s black and comes home from Iraq and is still told to go back to Africa.
“Fork and a dagger in this racist, 94-year-old grandpa, who keeps ignoring our past – historical, deplorable factors.
“Now if you’re a black athlete, you’re a spoiled little brat for trying to use your platform or your stature to try to give those a voice who don’t have one. He says you’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards.
“Unless you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered, ’cause to him you’re zeroes, ’cause he don’t like his war heroes captured. That’s not disrespecting the military …
“And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against. And if you can’t decide who you like more, and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: F— you. The rest of America, stand up. We love our military, and we love our country – but we f—ing hate Trump.”
Eminem in February called Trump a “b—-” in another song titled “No Favors.” The rapper has previously been criticized for lyrics that some have called misogynist, violent, and homophobic.
However, he is not the first music artist to oppose the 45th president. A handful of music-industry luminaries reportedly declined invitations to perform at Trump’s inauguration in January.
The music world, much like sports and entertainment, has become increasingly political in the era of Trump. Audience reactions, though, have been mixed, and in the case of NFL protests during the national anthem, brands and advertisers have been caught in the middle.