Eminem’s new album “Revival” officially dropped on December 15th.
On the song “Like Home”, he rips Donald Trump a new asshole.
This is not news. Pretty much every celeb has criticized Trump for being homophobic, racist, and misogynistic.
At this point, it’s weirder if you don’t publicly hate on Donald Trump.
But here’s the thing. Eminem is not your average “politically correct” celebrity. He’s said a lot of divisive shit in his music over the years- and his fan base has eaten it up.
The same fan base that consists of middle white America ( 60% of Hip Hop fans are white)
And yes… the same fan base that voted for freaking Donald Trump.
So while most celebs can get away with bashing Trump, it feels weird for Eminem to get in on the action given his lyrical history. Songs like “Criminal”, “Rap God”, “Kim” and “Medicine Man” are among 19 others that promote homophobia and rape/ violence against women.
Here’s a few of the gems Eminem has penned in the past.
“Fuck that! Take drugs, rape sluts/Make fun of gay clubs, men who wear make-up” – Who Knew
“You fags all think it’s a game, till I walk a flock of flames. Off of planking, tell me what the fuck are you thinking little gay looking boy, so gay I can barely say it with a straight face looking boy” – Rap God
“Slut, you think I won’t choke no whore/’Til the vocal cords don’t work in her throat no more?!/Shut up slut, you’re causin’ too much chaos.” — Kill You
“Ain’t no one safe from, non-believers there ain’t none/I even make the bitches I rape cum.” — Medicine Man
On the flip side, Here’s a quick sampling of the lyrics from “ Like Home”.
“Someone get this Aryan a sheet
Time to bury him, so tell him to prepare to get impeached
Everybody on your feet
This is where terrorism and heroism meet, square off in the streets
This chump barely even sleeps
All he does is watch Fox News like a parrot and repeats
While he looks like a canary with a beak
Why you think he banned transgenders from the military with a tweet?”
Didn’t wanna piss your base off, did ya?
Can’t denounce the Klan, ’cause they play golf with ya
You stay on Twitter, way to get your hate off
Nazi, I do not see a way y’all differ
And all you got are race cards, bigot
The swastika with your name carved in it
Should be your trademark, ’cause hate’s all you played off
And you just lick the plate off
So I guess it pays to feed off of chaos
So basically, you ate off Hitler!
So far, the reaction to “woke Eminem” has not been positive. And why would it be? It’s not like Eminem’s fan base is made up of social justice warriors.
It kind of just feels like Eminem is being a hypocrite, as he’s no stranger to creating media that belittles marginalized groups.
And sure, you could argue that Eminem’s past lyrics have been the result of his “Slim Shady” persona- and not a reflection of his actual beliefs. We get it, he’s friends with Elton John blah blah blah…
That’s not the point. The point is, he penned those hateful lyrics and he hurt a bunch of people when he did it. And if you think the general population is smart enough to decipher Eminem’s divisive lyrics as “tongue in cheek”, you’re only kidding yourself.
This is the same population who voted for Donald Trump.
Plus, consider that Donald Trump IS ALSO pro-gay.
He’s also certainly anti-Islam, but think about why that might be.
Try being gay, transgender, or an openly promiscuous straight woman in an Islamic dominated country. See how that works out for you. It makes sense for someone that is pro-gay to be anti-Islam.
Trump may be bigoted, but he’s also consistent with his bigotry.
Eminem is all over the board with his beliefs, and because of that, fans are having a hard time resonating with his latest lyrics.
You can’t make millions of dollars off albums that promote violence against gay people, and then expect people to believe you’re suddenly “politically correct”.
Eminem: get your persona straight, or get back on drugs.