Free-Speech: Why Millions Are Tweeting Eminem’s Rap Takedown of Trump

The rapper Eminem took aim at Trump in a freestyle rap video that was televised during BET’s hip-hop awards on Tuesday night generating worldwide media attention. (Photo: BET)

The New York Times

Eminem is far from the first rapper to trash the current American president.

The most explicit attack came in August from the California rapper YG. His song “FDT” — the title is an abbreviation whose meaning can’t be spelled out in a family newspaper — calls President Trump a “cancer” and insists: “He can’t make decisions for this country, he gon’ crash us/No, we can’t be a slave for him.”

Kendrick Lamar took aim at the president in March in “The Heart Part 4,” with the lyrics:

Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk
Tell ’em that God comin’
And Russia need a replay button, y’all up to somethin’
Electorial votes look like memorial votes
But America’s truth ain’t ignorin’ the votes.

And the young rapper Aminé used his television debut on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” back in November to deliver these lines: “9/11, a day that we never forgettin’/11/9, a day that we always regrettin’.”

Then there are scores of implicitly anti-Trump songs that take on issues like police brutality and economic inequality, like Chance the Rapper’s latest, which he performed late last month on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”…

Yet Eminem’s “The Storm,” a scathing four-minute attack on the “kamikaze that will probably cause a nuclear holocaust,” which he debuted at the BET Awards on Tuesday night, has already overshadowed all of these previous anti-Trump musical efforts. It’s made major news headlines. It’s already garnered 8.7 million views on YouTube. And there have been some two million tweets about the performance, with praise pouring in from stars including LeBron James and Ellen DeGeneres.

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Related:
Eminem’s takedown of Donald Trump: The most explosive lines (BBC News)
Here’s why Eminem’s Rap about Trump is resonating (The Washington Post)

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