Eminem Eviscerates Trump in "The Storm" Freestyle

Eminem Eviscerates Trump in "The Storm" Freestyle

The rapper debuted the freestyle, which contains some choice words for our Commander-in-Chief, at the 2017 BET Awards Tuesday night.

The rapper debuted the freestyle, which contains some choice words for our Commander-in-Chief, at the 2017 BET Awards Tuesday night.

Styling: Justin Ragolia

During his verse on Big Sean's "No Favors" that dropped earlier this year, Eminem rapped, "Trump's a bitch, I'll make his whole brand go under," much to the delight of the Detroit-bred rapper's fans, whose ears were perked for any mention of The Donald since he clapped at the then-candidate and his supporters on "Campaign Speech" last October.

While this bar is short, simple, and fairly tame by Shady's standards, it emitted a crystal-clear signal: Eminem really does not like Donald Trump. And as followers of the legacy hip-hop artist know too well, when Eminem doesn't like you, the days that stand between you and a furious, scathing verse, one-liner, or destructive, full-on freestyle are numbered. Last night at the BET Awards, Eminem unveiled the product of his pent-up scorn for the president in a pre-filmed freestyle, titled "The Storm." Damn, was it incisive.

In the beginning of the freestyle, Em lays bare his opinion of Trump without mincing words, rapping: "We better give Obama props/'Cause what we got in office now's a kamikaze/That'll probably cause a nuclear holocaust."

There, he's referring to Trump's outright refusal to pursue careful, diplomatic discourse with unpredictable and provocative North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un, epitomized in his tweet from October 1st:

That only marked the start of Eminem's indignant musings on President Trump's Twitter use, as much of the rapper's most burning invective was focused on Trump's recent feud with the NFL after players have continued to protest racial injustice and police brutality in America by kneeling during the national anthem. He continues: "Plus, he gets an enormous reaction/When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that/Instead 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"

He uses this NFL feud to pivot into another one-two punch aimed at the blatant hypocrisy in Trump's attacks on football players like Colin Kaepernick by bringing up the president's series of irreverent affronts on Senator John McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent almost six years in a Vietnamese POW camp:

"Now if you're a black athlete, you're a spoiled little brat for/Tryna use your platform or your stature/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," the rapper shrugged, taking a breath.

He brought the freestyle to a close with a message to his fans, sending a signal that Trump supporting Stans are less than welcome:

"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 in your split/On who you should stand beside, I'll do it for you with this:/Fuck you!"

Is this type of rhetoric divisive and incendiary? Sure, but did we enjoy every glorious second of it? You bet we did. As many in the public eye continue to openly denounce Trump, it's lovely to see members of his party finally getting the memo. As of right now, Trump has yet to respond to Eminem's freestyle that's currently #1 on YouTube's Trending feed. Better hold your tongue, Mr. President. Shady's watching.


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