Eminem throws slim shade at POTUS

Rapper speaks out against Trump

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Trump has yet to respond to Eminem’s attack on his presidency.

“It’s the calm before the storm right here,” Eminem, or Marshall Mathers, freestyled in a video he released Tuesday Oct. 10th, right before he threatened to throw a pot of hot coffee on Donald Trump.

The 4.5 minute freestyle rap takes scathing shots at the 45th president. The rapper calls Trump out for distracting the nation with the NFL while ignoring prominent issues such as the hurricane in “Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada.”

Eminem doesn’t leave out his perspective on Trump’s treatment of minorities either. He raps, “Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for.” Eminem references the Ku Klux Klan’s support of the President.

Eminem also exposes Trump’s hypocrisy for his criticism of Hillary Clinton even though he does many of the same things he accused her of. “Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions? Same s*** that he tormented Hillary for,” he rapped

The rant is filled with threats for Trump and First Lady Melania. Eminem uses Trump’s own platforms and campaign promises against him. Referencing Trump’s famous wall he raps: “Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of s*** against the wall ’til it sticks.”

Eminem is known for his contentious songs and lyrics. Many of his songs reference drugs, violence, sexual assault and homophobia, especially those produced under his alter ego Slim Shady. Despite this history, Eminem has used his platform to push his political belief before now. For example, his 2004 song “Mosh” criticized George W. Bush, referring to him as “this weapon of mass destruction that we call our president.”

Aside from his freestyle raps, Eminem has secured 15 Grammy’s for his various albums.

According to a New York Times article, Eminem isn’t the first artist to disparage Trump through their music. Rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and Aminé have used their platforms to speak their minds.

Unlike Lamar, however, Eminem’s typical audience may not consist of only anti-Trump crusaders. In fact, according to a New York Times article, his fan base is “strongest in…West Virginia; southern Ohio; eastern Kentucky; deep north Maine; the Ozarks in Missouri; across the Great Plains.” Trump won many many of these area in the 2016 Presidential campaign

Eminem recognizes that conservatives and Trump supporters purchase his music, and he uses this song to warn them: “I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against.”

Eminem exercises his First Amendment and he doesn’t do it quietly. “F*** walkin’ on eggshells, I came to stomp,” he says. Many celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Lebron James are voicing their support for the outspoken rapper on twitter.

He ends the song by reaffirming his loyalty to his nation over the president. “We love our military, and we love our country,” he rapped. “But we f***ing hate Trump.”

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