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Eminem's back on the political warpath

His verse in 'No Favors' brought back a flavour of the anti-Bush rapper we saw in the 2000s.

6th Feb 2017

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There's no need to explain the relationship between Hip Hop and Politics - they are two intertwined, yet autonomous, features of modern life.

Eminem sticks out as an artist who constantly keeps the White House on its toes - and while he gave Obama a break, Marshall's history with Republican Presidents is sour, to put it politely. Let's go through the history of Eminem's disagreements with the most powerful political organisation in the world.

2004 - 'Mosh' and the Iraq War

2004, one year after George Bush officially put American boots on Iraqi ground, Eminem delivered not only powerful lyrics, but a compelling video to accompany it. 'Mosh' is a direct criticism of the Iraq War and the Bush Administration itself - with lyrics like "No more blood for oil We got our own battles to fight on our own soil No more psychological warfare To trick us to thinking that we ain't loyal", Eminem didn't hold back.

2002 - White America

This song, in which Eminem recognises the political impact he can have on our dystopian society, is powerful, and arguably more relevant today. Again, the video is equally as important as the lyrics, with themes such as school shootings, police brutality and the endless imperialism being highlighted.

Modern day - Campaign Speech

October 19th 2016 was the date that Hip Hop fans realised Eminem was on the verge of another comeback - and that he still had something important to say. 'Campaign Speech' is a freestyle notable for the following lyrics: "But you should be afraid of this dang candidate | You say Trump don't kiss ass like a puppet 'Cause he runs his campaign with his own cash for the fundin'| And that's what you wanted a fuckin' loose cannon who's blunt with his hand on the button | Who doesn't have to answer to no one—great idea!" Thankfully, this was just a preview of what was to come.

2017 - No Favors

Eminem's first verse of 2017 was on Big Sean's new album, 'I Decided'. The song 'No Favors' reflected something other than Eminem's maintenance of his lyrical genius - the true conviction of his view on the new President. After giving Obama a free pass for eight years, Eminem, rather succinctly, gave his opinion on Trump.

It's also interesting to note his newfound clash with right wing commentator Ann Coulter, who is rather unfavourably mentioned in the same verse. Ann Coulter, interviewed afterwards, said that Eminem's words often extend to the "hate' shown in the Berkeley Protest. Clearly, Marshall is still having an impact politically as he has done musically, to so many careers.

Throughout the years, Eminem has taken swipes at figures such as Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton, but these have often been in jest. Eminem's involvement in politics shows him to constantly be on the right side of history - and thus, we should see a lot more anti-Trump rhetoric in the coming years.

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