One of the knocks against Eminem when he came out swinging against George W. Bush with 2004’s “Mosh” was that he waited too long to do it.
Slim Shady definitely had his heart in the right place with the track, which was designed to get young people out to vote for anyone but Dubya. Choice lines included “Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell, we gon' let 'em know/Stomp, push shove, mush; fuck Bush!/Until they bring our troops home” and “Someone’s tryin’ to tell us somethin’/Maybe this is God just sayin’ we’re responsible for this monster/This coward we have empowered.” And let’s not forget “Let the president answer a higher anarchy/Strap him with an AK-47, let him go/Fight his own war, let him impress Daddy that way/No more blood for oil.”
The only problem with “Mosh”? That would be the fact that Eminem didn’t drop the track until October 26—a week before the 2004 American presidential election. By the time a good chunk of his fans heard it, Bush was back in the White House for a second term, continuing to wage war in Iraq.
Marshall Mathers isn’t waiting this time to weigh in on what the world sees going on in the Oval Office under the reign of President Donald Trump. Ten months of the Mango Mussolini has evidently been enough for the rap icon.
In a freestyle rap aired last night at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Eminem took dead aim at Trump on a whole shitload of issues. By the time the clip—shot in a concrete Detroit parkade—was over, the president had been savaged for, among other things, his handling of North Korea, his frequent golf vacations, his seemingly blatant racist streak, and his habit of airing every petty grievance on Twitter. The lack of leadership on gun reform and post-hurricane Puerto Rico also comes up, with Eminem displaying an intensity that suggests he’s not only pissed, but righteously so.
The clip ends with a statement that might actually make Trump sit up and take notice, if only because Eminem literally has tens of millions of fans in the United States.
The rapper heads across the finish line with: “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.”
Eminem finishes things up by giving the screen the finger while growling “Fuck you”, this followed by “The rest of America stand up/We love our military and we love our country/But we fucking hate Trump!!!"
Message served, as you'll see in the video below. (Although, really, do we need the "fucks" bleeped out?)