Anti-trump mu­sic

Eminem to Aimee Mann

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Eminem has hardly been the name on peo­ple’s lips re­cently. Since his im­pe­rial hey­day – when this news­pa­per wrote about him as a poet, con­trast­ing him with Eliot, Whit­man, Brown­ing, Ten­nyson, Frost and pretty much ev­ery other poet ever bar Pam Ayres – his stock has slumped. He bucked the mar­ket in Eminem fu­tures on Tues­day, though, with an anti-trump freestyle that aired dur­ing the BET Hip Hop awards. In a few fe­ro­cious min­utes, Eminem ex­co­ri­ated Trump for his at­ti­tudes to race, Puerto Rico, gun con­trol, cap­tured sol­diers and pretty much ev­ery­thing else, be­fore send­ing a mes­sage to his own fans: “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!”

Don­ald Trump has been a fig­ure in pop lyrics – es­pe­cially hip-hop – for decades. Un­til re­cently, he tended to be used as a mea­sure of wealth and sta­tus. Raek­won wanted you to “guess who’s the black Trump”; Ice Cube was “just tryin’ to get rich like Trump”; Cy­press Hill were “tryna get money so we can be livin’ like Trump”. No one’s talk­ing about him in song that way now. In fact, he has in­spired more songs – al­most en­tirely an­gry – than any politi­cian in liv­ing mem­ory, ex­cept per­haps Ron­ald Rea­gan (but Trump has still got years to ac­cu­mu­late more). Here are the best …

Guess who’s back … Eminem is the lat­est star to bad­mouth Trump

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