Quick, name the easiest way to grab headlines in 2017. If you said, “bash President Trump,” go to the front of the line.
So you’d expect a bomb-throwing rapper, someone who has shocked pop culture for nearly 20 years, to have something different to share that doesn’t involve the former “Apprentice” star.
Nope. Not if the rapper in question’s name is Eminem.
Here’s a sample … be careful not to yawn.
The swastika with your name carved in it
Should be your trademark, ’cause it’s all you played off
And you just took the plate off
So I guess it pays to feed off of chaos
So basically, you Adolf Hitler
Trump is Hitler? That was edgy (and dumb) in 2015. Wanna truly be edgy? Rap about Trump’s appeal or how mainstream Democrats like Hillary Clinton lost their common touch. Or perhaps why the personally popular President Barack Obama couldn’t convince voters to essentially vote for his third term.
Now that would be edgy. Daring. Bold. Only Eminem wouldn’t get all the fawning press he’s received on his current anti-Trump publicity tour.
“Someone get this Aryan a sheet/ Time to bury him, so tell him to prepare to get impeached…”
Things get murkier when it comes to Trump’s daughter. The new album offers up a lovely image of Ivanka Trump getting trapped in the rapper’s trunk. Alert NOW? Just kicking. That group rarely lifts a finger if a GOP-friendly woman is under attack of any kind.
Later, Eminem describes flirting with the first lady, Melania Trump. Want edgy? Try sexualizing the last first lady and see what happens next.
The 40-something rapper knows the media will fawn all over his Trump-themed attacks. He’s probably banking on it to boost his record sales. And it might just work.
Meanwhile, anyone who understands pop culture as we head into 2018 realizes the game afoot. An oh, so courageous rapper is doing some damage just in case his new record doesn’t set cash registers humming this season.