Two stories, taking a different stance on Eminem’s recent freestyle dissection of POTUS Trump’s performance in office

Response To Eminem’s Trump Freestyle.

If you haven’t heard Eminem’s latest lyrical tirade, I encourage you to take a watch the YouTube video below prior to reading further. If you’ve already seen it or heard the lyrical assault, by all means skip it.

Disclaimer

First, let me say that I love Eminem as an artist and he has touched my life through his creativity. This is by no means an attack on him as an artist. I fully support how he is using his platform to honestly express his views. It’s what he’s always done. Much love and respect to Em.

Moving On

With the disclaimer out of the way, I have to say that I disagree with the attack. Was it warranted? Absolutely. I think we can all agree that Trump is getting the reactions warranted by his own actions or lack thereof. I disagree with the attack, because it’s pointing the finger at Trump, which all too many people are doing, because it’s the easier thing to do. Trump is being singled out as the embodiment of what’s wrong with American society, but I have to say that he isn’t. He’s just a single man, after all. Yes, he’s not being as politically correct as he should be, but I actually appreciate that, because it brings to light the ugliness that was already there, and that’s what I think people pointing the finger are missing.

Assessment Is Needed

Americans need to stop looking at presidents, or even governments, as the source of all their problems and thinking that they need to put the solutions in place to end those problems. They need to look a lot closer to home than the presidency. I’m talking about the mirror, folks. The problem with American society is not the presidency. I’m not saying the government body doesn’t play a large part in the mayhem, but the truth is that the problem is the American people, of which, I am included. Americans need to stop looking to the government for leadership. It was never meant to be that way. People need to go do their research and learn about the truths of American history instead of looking at memes all fuckin’ day. Governments shouldn’t be leading people. People should be leading governments. The people of America need to start taking responsibility for their own actions a bit more. Ex that, a lot more! We need to step up and be better, more educated parents. We need to praise violence a lot less. We need to stop being so overly-sensitive and overly critical on social media. There’s so much work to be done, so many things we can improve about our culture.

Pure Stupidity

I have a buddy that returned to the States after working in China for two years. We were chatting just the other day and he told me about how he and a friend were on their way home after a night out on the town. This was in Boston. His friend is black, and driving the car. He’s white, and a front-seat passenger. They stopped at a red light. A jeep pulled up and the driver stares at my buddy, says something provacative, and waves a gun around outside his window before pulling off around the corner. What kind of wreckless, ass-backwards nonsense is that? Why do we have so many people around the country who continue to believe this is who they are? There’s something not being instilled in these people that should override this kind of behavior.

Purely American

These things just don’t happen in China, or many other places in the world. And when they do, it’s on a much smaller scale. Granted, China doesn’t allow citizens to purchase guns, but it goes way beyond that. I’ve lived in China nearly eight years and I’ve never felt safer. I’m from New York, which is widely considered one of the safer cities by American standards. However, I always kept an eye out for trouble, because shit can pop off at any moment.

Here, women can walk around on the streets at night without being harassed. Confrontations happen, but fistfights or stabbings are seldom seen. In general, the attitude is much less violent and confrontational than the attitudes prevalent in the States, and this is the key issue. It’s not the presidency. It’s no wonder, my buddy is returning to China and I’ve been so hesitant to return to America. If we can’t be safe amongst our own people, who can we trust? The trigger-happy police force? That’s a whole separate blog post in itself, so I digress.

People may try to discredit my opinions about the matter, because I’ve been out of the country for nearly eight years. However, they’d be foolishly doing so, and I won’t be giving them any reactions anyway, because it’s not worth the argument. In reality, the fact that I’ve been outside the country looking in provides me with a different perspective on the entire debacle that has become American culture. People from other countries always ask me why Americans do the crazy, stupid things they see in the news. I can only shake my head and answer that I don’t know.

 

and then, this…

 

 

Let’s Unpack Eminem’s Anti-Trump Freestyle, His Best Performance In 15 Years

At the BET Hip Hop Awards, the rapper was back in fighting form, fired up with rage for the president.

BY JOE BERKOWITZ

It looks like Eminem’s vast nuclear arsenal of hostility finally found a worthy target.

Anger has long been the rapper’s stock in trade. Usually, though, it’s focused on women, the haters, and at one point Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. (In Eminem’s defense, he was on a lot of drugs at the time, but in Eminem’s not-defense, he was on even more drugs when he made way better songs.) But something about Donald Trump (or perhaps everything about him) has riled up Eminem enough to wield his anger with surgical precision like never before. His cypher freestyle at last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards is his best performance in 15 years, and his most devastating public takedown yet.

Aside from that inexplicable war with Triumph, Eminem has battled many other unworthy adversaries in the past. Jay-Z took on Nas; Eminem took on Insane Clown Posse, Limp Bizkit, and Chris Kirkpatrick from N’ Sync. Even when he turned his attention to George W. Bush in 2004 with the track, “Mosh,” he couldn’t quite muster the venom he had so well articulated toward his own mom many times over.

Eminem, one of the world’s great shit-stirrers, put his Bush material out there at the height of his drug dependency phase and then disappeared into rehab and self-care until the Obama era. We never really got to see what it would look like to have Eminem at the height of his powers popping off against an authoritarian president. Until now, that is.

Eminem’s post-rehab comeback has so far yielded multiplatinum hits with Rihanna, but not a ton of substance. It seems like he’s been coasting on his admittedly phenomenal technical prowess and the goodwill afforded most legacy acts. But with last night’s BET freestyle, Eminem delivered his critique of Trump with style, agility, and even restraint. He harnessed his infamous all-consuming anger without letting it overtake him. There’s a lot to unpack in this fiery freestyle, so let’s go through it line by line.

“It’s the calm before the storm right here,” he says at the top, a reference to the president’s chilling words last Friday, and a preview of how up-to-the-minute relevant the rest of this verse would be.

That’s an awfully hot coffee pot Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Prob’ly not But that’s all I got ’til I come up with a solid plot Got a plan and now I gotta hatch it Like a damn Apache with a tomahawk I’ma walk inside a mosque on Ramadan And say a prayer that every time Melania talks

She gets a mou — ahh, I’ma stop

Believe it or not, this counts as restraint. In the past, Eminem might have spent way more time going after the First Lady or Ivanka. Never mind whether he should even mention her, it shows at least some measure of growth that he restricted that instinct to just this one innuendo. There’s only one person on the receiving end of this particular wrath.

But we better give Obama props
’Cause what we got in office now’s a kamikaze
That’ll prob’ly cause a nuclear holocaust
And while the drama pops
And he waits for shit to quiet down he’ll just gas his plane up and fly around ’til the bombing stops

Tongue-twisty bars like these are usually so sweaty and forced that they’re only interesting in passing. (“Wow, that sounds difficult to say.”) The lines roll off Eminem’s tongue, though, and perfectly serve his theme. It’s “Look Ma, no hands” showmanship, but with substance.

Intensities heightened, tensions are risin’ Trump, when it comes to giving a shit, you’re stingy as I am Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me, you hide ’em

’Cause you don’t got the fucking nuts like an empty asylum

Eminem spent the earlier part of his career cultivating the image of someone who does not give a fuck. He even wrote a song about it. Comparing Donald Trump’s recklessness with that of a young Marshall Mathers only amplifies how dangerous it is that this man is president. The idea that Trump has been too scared to mention the great menace of Eminem may be a little silly, but forgivable within the context. In fact, Trump has actually been friendly to the rapper in the past–he once, bizarrely, endorsed Eminem at something called the Shady Convention in the mid-2000s.

Racism’s the only thing he’s fantastic for ’Cause that’s how he gets his fucking rocks off and he’s orange Yeah, sick tan That’s why he wants us to disband ’Cause he can not withstand The fact we’re not afraid of Trump Fuck walkin’ on egg shells, I came to stomp That’s why he keeps screamin’ “Drain the swamp!” ’Cause he’s in quicksand It’s like we take a step forwards, then backwards But this is his form of distraction Plus, he gets an enormous reaction When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that in -stead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather

Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers

The thing Trump may be most afraid of as president is that people aren’t afraid of him and don’t respect him. Here, Eminem lays out how ridiculous Trump looks and explains in concise terms why his chaotic approach to governance makes him unworthy of respect. Damn. He does all that with extremely current examples, and a Fantastic Four reference for good measure.

The thing Trump may be most afraid of as president is that people aren’t afraid of him and don’t respect him. Here, Eminem lays out how ridiculous Trump looks and explains in concise terms why his chaotic approach to governance makes him unworthy of respect. Damn. He does all that with extremely current examples, and a Fantastic Four reference for good measure.

Then says he wants to lower our taxes Then who’s gonna pay for his extravagant trips Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions? Same shit that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered Then does it more From his endorsement of Bannon Support from the Klansmen Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that’s black And comes home from Iraq And is still told to go back to Africa Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors Now if you’re a black athlete you’re a spoiled little brat for Tryna use your platform or your stature To try to give those a voice who don’t have one He says, “You’re spittin’ in the face of vets who fought for us, you bastards!” Unless you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered ’Cause to him you’re zeros ’Cause he don’t like his war heroes captured

That’s not disrespecting the military

Other than the constant, provable lies, the most unnerving thing about President Donald Trump has been his shameless hypocrisy. Eminem gives concrete examples of both here. Some left-leaning pundits churn out whole columns trying to get across some of these individual points that the rapper breezes through with elegance. And then he goes in for the kill shot.

Fuck that! This is for Colin, ball up a fist! And keep that shit balled like Donald the bitch! “He’s gonna get rid of all immigrants!” “He’s gonna build that thing up taller than this!” Well, if he does build it, I hope it’s rock solid with bricks ’Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks ’Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of shit against the wall ’til it sticks 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: “Fuck you!” The rest of America stand up We love our military, and we love our country

But we fucking hate Trump

Many members of the Republican party–from within the government and without–have worked hard to ensure football fans conflate Colin Kaepernick’s protest with disrespect for the military. Eminem shatters that illusion. He doesn’t go into what the protest is actually about–this is a rap song, not a thesis–but he makes clear how others are trying to turn it into proof of lack of patriotism. He also goes a step further than the late night TV hosts who risk alienating half their audience by diminishing Trump. He actively tells those fans he doesn’t want them as fans. As much as Jimmy Kimmel has done recently, it would be ratings poison–and likely cost him his job–if he voiced a position like that.

A broad swath of Twitter spent last night speculating how Trump would respond in the morning. As of 10:00 a.m., the president has tweeted seven times today, but not about Eminem. The thing is, it doesn’t matter if Trump does tweet back. Part of the reason Eminem’s freestyle is a knockout punch is because he successfully paints Trump as the kind of person who would get into a Twitter fight with a rapper — the kind of person who absolutely should not be president.

Originally published at www.fastcompany.com on October 11, 201

 

 

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