With the mixed reviews of his album Revival, Eminem has been talking about the “constant tug-of-war in his head” over how and if he should mature in his raps.
Many listeners critiqued the content of his ninth album because it lacked traces of the old Eminem, but at the same time, others have scolded him for still doing shock value raps at his age. In a long-form interview with Billboard, Em and Paul Rosenberg talk the trajectory of his career and why the rapper is so adamant about calling out Trump and “the bulls**t” that’s going on.
“He made these people feel like he was really going to do something for them. It’s just so f**king disgusting how divisive his language is, the rhetoric, the Charlottesville s**t, just watching it going, ‘I can’t believe he’s saying this,'” Eminem told Billboard. Despite calling out Trump, many people likened the rapper to the president. People believe there are similarities in that Eminem’s white privilege has helped the trajectory of his career, while Trump is accused of appeasing tpoor white Americans to secure his incumbency.
“When I [put out “The Storm”], I felt that everybody who was with [Trump] at that point doesn’t like my music anyway. I get the comparison with the non-political-correctness, but other than that, we’re polar opposites,” Eminem said.
Regardless of the critics, Eminem believes he needed to bash Trump in his bars. “At the end of the day, if I did lose half my fan base, then so be it because I feel like I stood up for what was right and I’m on the right side of this. I don’t see how somebody could be middle class, busting their ass every single day, paycheck to paycheck, who thinks that that f***ing billionaire is gonna help you,” he revealed. This seems to be a topic that Em is willing to hammer away at because he also touched on it during the remix to “Chloraspectic”.