Eminem went off last night, and who dares go against him? Not I.
With the news that rapper Eminem would be making his big return during the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night (10/10/17), we can imagine the viewing demographic to be widely diverse, especially around the viewing pod of which his long-awaiting cypher would begin and end. We can’t be too sure, however, the expectation of a certain viewer only tuning in for the likes of a Slim Shady; not to mention, the takeaway upon his delivery.
This year’s BET Hip Hop Awards went for the jugular with DJ Khaled as the night’s host, Miami for the ambiance, a tribute to rap legend Uncle Luke, performances by Migos, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Trina, Trick Daddy, all the cyphers, Cardi B for the win in categories: Hustler of the Year, Best New Artist, and Single of the Year; and many other great moments, but all will be talking about that one specific moment where Eminem spoke his truth, the whole truth and nothing but.
It was quiet in every household that lingered on the BET channel, watching the minutes go by as Eminem recited his lines; not wanting a second to slip of his 4 minute-and-change recitation, nor a metaphor, we got you if you missed it.
His last BET cypher’s being in 2009 alongside Black Thought and Mos Def, then in 2011 with Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Royce Da 5’9, the people have waited long enough for a cleverly-put freestyle like this one. Speaking boldly and only on his disdain for our current, sitting POTUS Donald Trump throughout his entire production, it’s a wonder how long those particular viewers took before turning the channel mid-performance, or if they stood by to take in the public announcement that any decent white American with a platform should use their white privilege for.
Those with missing avatar’s tuned in keenly, I’m sure; awaiting the dictation of an always blunt, always aggressive and charged Eminem who ripped Trump another big hole, touching on all major topics: gun control, Twitter feuds, immigration, corruption, white supremacy and the endorsement of clansmen, the NFL, environmental disasters and more.
“A kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust”.
But oh, did he not warn?
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) October 10, 2017
And this stance comes at no surprise as Eminem had already dropped a dime around this time last year with his “Campaign Speech”, 8-minute long track where he discussed a then aspiring president Trump, police brutality, George Zimmerman, etc. Eminem’s address should have been expected with all the mess and friction Trump keeps interjecting.
Does anybody else agree that this rumored, highly anticipated album set to drop next month (Nov. 17) from the Detroit rapper will be quite the political statement or what, as Marshall Mathers with a goatee, gave the biggest middle finger to Donald Trump and all of his followers. You can’t call yourself an Eminem fan and be for Donald Trump with the same breath.
Hip Hop music morally meant to be a form of self-expression, especially for the oppressed, Mathers came strong; you could feel his pain coming out of the wall. His temperament can be seen on his forehead, his loathing beats hard. We wonder what Trump’s twitter fingers will press to, as it’s not before long. The calm before the storm.
As far as Eminem’s new fanbase minus the one’s who in fact backed the “orange man”, there is probably an influx of new buffers to purchase his songs. Drawing a line in the sand, those for him and those against him, clearly put, as a matter of factly.
Claps all around! We commend thee.