Eminem un­leashes freestyle rap at­tack on 'kamikaze, racist, or­ange' Trump

The Guardian Australia - - Headlines - Anna Livsey

The rap­per Eminem has is­sued an ul­ti­ma­tum to his fans – sup­port ei­ther him or Don­ald Trump – in a scorch­ing rap played at Tues­day night’s BET awards.

In the four-minute freestyle, filmed in a car park in Detroit and ti­tled The Storm, Eminem called out the US pres­i­dent on is­sues in­clud­ing his be­hav­iour to­wards North Korea, his sup­port for white su­prem­a­cists and his pen­chant for tweet­ing.

In the rap he refers to the US pres­i­dent as “a kamikaze that’ll prob­a­bly cause a nu­clear holo­caust”. In a ref­er­ence to the or­ange su­per­hero the Thing from the Fan­tas­tic Four comic books, he raps: “Racism’s the only thing he’s Fan­tas­tic Four / Cause that’s how he gets his fuck­ing rocks off and he’s or­ange.”

Eminem, who has crit­i­cised Trump in the past, also waded into the NFL national an­them protest saga and threw his sup­port be­hind the player Colin Kaeper­nick, who was first to take a knee and who in­spired wide­spread protests that have ex­tended out­side of foot­ball and en­raged Trump.

Kaeper­nick was quick to re­spond to the rap on Twit­ter.

The Stan rap­per and Os­car win­ner ended the rap with a de­mand for his fans to take a side: “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 it for you with this. Fuck you.”

A num­ber of fa­mous names, in­clud­ing bas­ket­ball player LeBron James, tweeted out sup­port for Eminem.

The per­for­mance comes as Eminem’s next al­bum is re­port­edly near­ing re­lease, with his pro­ducer Mr Porter an­nounc­ing last week: “We are done”. The pres­i­dent is yet to re­spond.

Pho­to­graph: Evan Agos­tini/ In­vi­sion/AP

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