Eminem’s lyrical hysterical diatribe against the Donald was churlish and cheap.
Last night, Em delivered a godawful tongue-lashing against President Trump. It made us all cringe.
At BET’s annual awards ceremony last night, blatherskite Eminem delivered a scathing denunciation of the Trump agenda a cappella style. For four-plus minutes, the Detroit-based rapper performed a stream of consciousness (‘freestyle/cypher’) conniption fit dissing the Donald for systematically distracting the public from the real issues and advancing a divisive, racist ideology.
Titled ‘The Storm’ and lensed in lo-fi video style in a car garage amidst Em’s ruffian crew and a few vintage gangsta’ whips in the backdrop, the hip-hop legend drew a controversial line in the sand: either support Em, or support the President. “Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line,” he raps. “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 it for you with this: fuck you.”
He also vilified the POTUS for his venomous rhetoric regarding North Korea, the NFL, and numerous policy planks, likening him to ‘The Thing from the Fantastic Four.’ “Racism’s the only thing he’s Fantastic Four / ‘Cause that’s how he gets his fucking rocks off and he’s orange.” Cringe.
Em sent props to Colin Kaepernick, the un-signed/unemployed NFL rabble rouser who first ‘took a knee’ against police brutality and racism in America, inspiring a wave of wannabe activists and politicizing American sport like never before (“Fuck that / This is for Colin / Ball up a fist.”). Kaepernick responded on Twitter, “I appreciate you Eminem.”
After going viral overnight, the performance has generated a cascade criticism from viewers on social media, with many dissing Em for his humdrum outfit/over-sized watch and the clump of rediculously corny lines (“That’s an awfully hot coffee pot / Shall I drop it on Donald Trump? Probably not / But that’s all I got”), etc.
Anyway, the ‘freestyle’ blitzkrieg, which was laced with profanities and daffy ad hominem attacks against the Pres, was kinda threadbare and obviously lacking Eminem’s usual inventiveness. The below the belt punchlines about Steve Bannon and Charlottesville were empty-headed, and calling out the President’s skin color — “orange” — was cheap and unoriginal. Em did at least heap praise on America’s military: “The rest of America stand up / We love our military, and we love our country / BUT WE FUCKING HATE TRUMP.”
We love you, Em, and consider you a first-rate hip-hop composer, role model and the best rapper in the game. But that shit you pulled last night — both politically and poetically — was pretty pathetic and gay. Stop guzzling down all that sizzurp up in Oakland Township and add something constructive to the discourse. For bleeding-edge protest rap — the intelligent kind that packs a real political punch — listen to our boy Immortal Technique. Check out Em’s inane act below (yawn) and Immortal Technique‘s dope insurgent rhymes after that.
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