If you’ve been wondering where Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper Eminem disappeared to — and, seriously, who hasn’t? — wonder no more.
The rapper, aka Slim Shady, aka Marshall Mathers, has resurfaced on a new record by Big Sean, a fellow Detroit native. Em appears back to his standard trick: rage-fueled name-dropping. His target this time around?
Who else? President Donald Trump.
He calls the president a “b****” and drops some bombs about conservative firebrand Ann Coulter while he’s at it, with lyrics that are so crude and foul we’re not going to repeat them here.
Em has kept a low profile in recent years, especially considering how prolific he was 15 years ago, when his film debut “8 Mile” earned his single “Lose Yourself” an Oscar for Best Song. He spent those years calling out pretty much everybody, from his mother (played in the film by actress Kim Basinger), to the mother of his daughter Haley, to Britney Spears and Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst (remember him/them?). It’s safe to say this shtick played a large part in catapulting him to the top of the charts.
Can lightning strike twice? Fact is, the artist would scoff at the notion. He’d say it’s already struck countless times, and if anyone disagreed he really doesn’t even care. Essentially rap’s Axl Rose, Eminem can do whatever he wants at this point in his career, which suggests his rapping these particular lyrics about Coulter is something that just might have been thrust before him.
By Big Sean himself? His producer? Someone else?
Or perhaps this is just more discontentedness from liberal celebrities, coupled with their increasing penchant for calling for violence. Madonna talked about blowing up the White House, DeNiro talked about punching Trump in the face, Scott Baio has been attacked physically not once but twice — and recent violence at UC Berkeley suggest the Left won’t be satisfied until there is some very real unrest on the streets.
Despite the occasional celebrity calling for calm (Matthew McConaughey, for example, was quoted earlier this week saying that “we need to embrace President Trump”), there are 10 times that amount calling for civil unrest, and in the face of opposition, out-and-out violence.
Regarding UC Berkeley, protests erupted there on Wednesday ahead of a planned Wednesday appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, causing $100,000 worth of damage to the campus. The school released that figure on Thursday, and blamed “150 masked agitators” for it, saying they had “come to campus to disturb an otherwise peaceful protest.”
Then two members of the Berkeley College Republicans “were attacked while conducting an interview” on the campus on Thursday.
So the question remains: Was Eminem called into action as a pop culture icon known for inflammatory lyrics spat out at a rapid-fire pace? Or did he merely see President Trump as an opportunity to become relevant again? How well the song charts might be the only answer to that question that we ever get.