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
“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
Watch the full video below, and scroll down for a sample of the
“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
“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
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.