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MUSIC CHEAT SHEET: Eminem's epic Trump takedown

Eminem's takedown of Donald Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards was one for the ages, Sarah Hanlon says. HANDOUT

Eminem's takedown of Donald Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards was one for the ages, Sarah Hanlon says. HANDOUT


In what has been surprisingly the most epic, full-fledged callout of U.S. President Donald Trump by a major celebrity through the direct use of their art, Slim Shady stole the show at the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night with a 4.5 minute freestyle rap entitled The Storm, targeting the controversial leader by fiercely articulating what many are thinking via song. While musically it wasn't the best cypher of the evening, its content created a storm.

In the performance, Eminem does not mince words - or feelings - calling the 45th president: "Donald the B--, a kamikaze that will probably cause a nuclear holocaust; he's orange; Yeah, sick tan; He wants us to disband."

Most importantly, Eminem called out the hypocrisy of Trump's war on NFL football players who opt to take a knee during the national anthem in order to protest police brutality against black Americans.

He specifically voiced support to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the first to start the kneeling initiative and has since been seemingly ostracized from the league, saying, "He says you're spitting in the face of vets who fought for us you b----; Unless you're a POW who's tortured; cause to him you're zero; cause he don't like his war heroes captured; That's not disrespecting the military; F--that, this is for Colin; ball up a fist and keep that s--balled like Donald the b--."

Later that night, Kaepernick tweeted Eminem: "I appreciate you" punctuated with a fist emoji.

The support on Twitter didn't end there - LeBron James got more than a 100,000 likes on his tweet praising the rapper's fiery lyrics, so did fellow rapper J. Cole, who tweeted, "Whoa. Rap God @Eminem thank you. Potentttt."

The Grammy winner made it clear the commander-in-chief should have bigger priorities, like helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.

But what is having the most impact is the fact that the 44-year-old antihero asked his fans to pick a side, an important message for fence-sitters in our politically charged times: "Any fan of mine who's a supporter of his /I'm drawing in the sand a line/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..." With a middle finger to the camera, Eminem forced his fans to choose between him and supporting the president - a bold and commendable act for someone whose fans may not be directly affected by the policies of its leader.

Many fans are already struggling with the choice online - a clear sign Eminem's ultimatum worked. But as a white rapper for the last 20 years, it was heartwarming that Eminem defended and spoke up for his friends, community and industry.

This is not the first time the infamously aggressive rapper has called out President Trump - last October, he released an 8-minute freestyle called Campaign Speech - which hearkened similar ideas.

So why this release now? Was it only because of the BET Awards? Well, not quite. Eminem is rumoured to release his ninth full-length LP on November 17, but will The Storm be on it? Only time will tell. A more important question is this: Will Donald Trump respond via tweet? Who knows? Trump is kind of busy right now with North Korea and the Russia/FBI investigation but even his most incompetent advisors will be warning against it - Eminem has 21.4 million followers on Twitter and a way with words that, after last night, cannot be argued.