The internet debates Eminem's viral cypher
Eminem’s anti-Trump cypher caused quite the stir at the BET Awards and in the larger Twitter sphere. Eminem took a few moments to direct criticism at the president and his divisive ways, adding that it’s possible to respect the military and hate the president. He closed the rap out by pulling a T.I., telling Trump supporters who count themselves as fans of his to kick rocks. The presidential dragging caused more than a few rap stars to take notice of the long-dormant rapper.
“Whoa. Rap God. @Eminem thank you. Potentttt,” J. Cole wrote on Twitter.
Diddy was even more enthusiastic about the cypher from his fellow member of the old guard. “.@Eminem killed this sh*t!!! F*ck that! This is for Collin ball up a fist!!! ✊🏿,” he tweeted.
The extremely online rapper Snoop Dogg posted a video where he saluted the Detroit rapper. “Yo, shoutout to Eminem for saying some real sh*t. Eminem: I always knew you was a real n*gga. We totally know you a real n*gga now. Shoutout to Eminem, Detroit stand up. Eminem, real muthafuckin’ n*gga. So says Snoop Dogg,” he said on Instagram.
Of course, rappers weren’t the only ones watching. Sports stars also couldn’t help but hear Em’s shot across the bow of The Donald.
“Racism is the only thing he’s Fantastic 4(fantastic for), cause that’s how he gets his rock off, he’s orange. Sheesh @Eminem!! 🔥🔥✊🏾🔥🔥#United,” tweeted Lebron James, along with a photo of The Thing.
Colin Kaepernick — who is mentioned by name in the freestyle — told the rapper that he appreciated the shout-out. The 49ers quarterback, who was not-so-mysteriously forced into retirement after kneeling for a season in protest of police brutality, tweeted out his appreciation of Eminem following the cypher.
Apparently, Twitter really hates Trump. The Trump bashing even brought out people who aren’t fans of Em to show support.
“I don’t care for him at ALL but I can appreciate the Trump dragging,” wrote one Twitter user.
That being said, not everyone was a fan of Eminem’s cypher. Pro-Trumpers were all over Eminem’s history of misogynist and hateful lyrics. If you pointed out the ad hominem, they’d probably say that’s exactly the sort of anti-LGBT thing that Slim Shady would say.
Beyond the obvious MAGA-over-all types who were never going to like it, many viewers weren’t impressed by the actual lyrics of the freestyle.
“He dead walked out & said ‘That’s an awfully hot coffee pot / Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Probly not’ and y’all excited,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Eminem: F*CK TRUMP. koalas and dollas llamas mamas original don dadas no fathers
Y’all: wow it do be like dat,” wrote another.
Another called it “edgy Hamilton,” referring to the stilted delivery and general cheesiness of the track offically called “The Storm.”
Watch the Clip
Check out the cypher video up top and come to your own conclusions. Was this Eminem verse worth all the hype or is he jumping on Trump as an easy way to get folks talking about him?
Is Eminem too locked into his hyper-syllabic rappity-rap from songs like “Rap God” to provide anything that sounds natural? Is the response of the dead-faced men behind him the exact response we should be having? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.