This article by Mark Savage is trying to achieve an explanation of Eminem’s meaning behind his freestyle about Trump, as well as the importance of this freestyle to the hip hop and African American community.
Eminem has scarcely been talked about in the media recently. That is since his earlier days with controversial songs such as Mosh, Criminal and Kim. He had a re surge in popularity earlier this year with his anti-Trump freestyle that aired during the BET Hip Hop awards. Eminem brutally attacked Trump for his attitudes to race, Puerto Rico, gun control and captured soldiers. He then told his fellow Americans to “stand up” after supporting Collin Kaepernick by saying, ‘This one’s for Collin, ball up a fist!’ Eminem followed this up by sending a message to his own fans, “And 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 / Fuck you!”
There have been mixed responses from his fans. Some took offense to his hard-line approach to trump supporters, with one fan saying, ‘Your music got me through some tough times, but I can’t stand by your views anymore.’ Many fans thought that he was saying, “Fuck you” to them directly for their beliefs and who they supported politically, this feeling is justified as this was done for maximum impact to emphasize where he stands on Donald Trump and racism etc. The hip-hop community however, gave Eminem praise for standing up for African Americans. Because of his level of fame, and his color, showing support toward Collin Kaepernick was very important, because he acknowledged the struggle that Collin was fighting, (police brutality and other injustices towards African Americans).
It is strange that Eminem is getting so much praise, is it deserved when many other African American artists have gone against trump with little praise? This is because of his stature in the hip-hop community, his counterparts are not nearly as big as he is. This has been seen in the light of Eminem’s color, as he himself has said in earlier songs, “I am the first since Elvis Presley, to do black music so selfishly and use it to get myself wealthy!” or in relation to his record sales, “Let’s do the math, if I was black I would have sold half.”
Reading through this story the reader finds that it is reasonably creative, as it includes embedded tweets made by other hip-hop artists such as J. Cole and Collin Kaepernick as examples of the praise Eminem was given:
It uses excerpts from the video in which Eminem is freestyling, to display the most important lines. Subheadings used his lyrics as the title, where after they are discussed in more depth, for example:
As a piece of digital journalism, it succeeds in breaking down the lyrics in an interesting format i.e. subheadings. It manages to maintain the readers interest with short paragraphs with new information about the freestyle in each which lend themselves to a fast-paced story. Overall it draws the reader in to take more interest in the lyrics individually.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpYVneZJn0o (Skip to 1:48)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cWK1-yboe0 (Skip to 3:19)