— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) October 12, 2017
Rapper Eminem made a rare appearance at the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night, unleashing a rap video where he brutally attacked President Donald Trump and his administration.
In the four-minute-long video, Eminem debuted his rap video called “The Storm,” where he called out the president on a number of his policies and views, his daily use of Twitter, alleged racism, his response to violence in Charlottesville, VA, and more. The rapper also criticized the president for his response to devastating hurricanes that made landfall in Puerto Rico and Texas, as well as the Las Vegas shooting massacre.
— William Davis (@davis1988will) October 12, 2017
“This is his form of distraction/plus he gets an enormous reaction/when he attacks the NFL so we focus on that end/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,” Eminem rapped in the video shot in Detroit.
— billboard (@billboard) October 11, 2017
Eminem also dropped a number of names in the video, including Steve Bannon, Colin Kaepernick, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. He also referenced Sen. John McCain in a line about prisoners of war, saying,
“Unless you’re a P.O.W. who’s tortured and battered/’cause to him you’re zeroes/’cause he don’t like his war heroes captured.”
Dems:”OMG Trump’s so hateful”
Eminem:”F*** you if you like Trump. I hate that orange b**ch”
Dems:”We love Eminem”
Who’s the real haters??
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 12, 2017
One of the most notable moments of the performance was Eminem mentioning Colin Kaepernick. His lyric “This one’s for Colin/ Ball up a fist,” drew attention from the current NFL free agent, who later tweeted, “I appreciate you, @Eminem.”
The rapper who is known for creating politically charged songs in the past did not hold back, even taking aim at his fans that are supporters of President Trump.
“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,” the rapper said before giving the camera the middle finger.
Eminem is known for charged lyrics, and his performance does not come as much of a surprise to the rapper’s fans, who have been made well aware of his stance on the president since he took office nearly one year ago. In fact, in a rap titled “Campaign Speech” he released last year, Eminem called out Trump for being a “loose cannon who’s blunt with his hand on the button.”
- Report from Deadline
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