Rapper Eminem rapped a four-and-a-half-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.
‘Trump, when it comes to giving a s—, you’re stingy as I am.”
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 ’till the bombing stops.”
The multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning rapper hit on several grievances about Trump in his rhymes; the video of which was set at his Detroit home with a crew and a collection of classic cars as his backdrop.
See how others in the industry reacted to Eminem’s Trump Diss:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 11, 2017
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 11, 2017
Whoa. Rap God. @Eminem thank you. Potentttt
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) October 11, 2017
— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) October 11, 2017
I ❤️ @Eminem.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 11, 2017
Trump: -1,273,682 pic.twitter.com/gdVZWyHyjf
— Futuristic™ (@OnlyFuturistic) October 11, 2017
Dj Khaled, promoted his new album:
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