Eminem struck out at President Trump in a video that played at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, accusing the president of racism, hypocrisy, disrespect of military veterans and more in almost five minutes of furious freestyle rap.
The video, titled “The Storm” was filmed in Detroit as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ traditional cyphers, in which rappers typically aim to deliver showy verses in a group setting. In his solo appearance, Eminem, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap, name-drops Colin Kaepernick (“This is for Colin/ball up a fist”), Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Stephen K. Bannon. He appears to reference Senator John McCain (“Unless you’re a P.O.W. who’s tortured and battered/’cause to him you’re zeroes/’cause he don’t like his war heroes captured.”)
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick thanked rapper Eminem for taking a stand against President Donald Trump and shouting out the former San Francisco 49er during Tuesday’s BET Hip Hop Awards. Kaepernick expressed his gratitude via his Twitter page and shared some of the rapper’s freestyle verse.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) October 11, 2017
Kaepernick, a former player with the San Francisco 49ers, initiated the wave of protests which have swept the NFL, with players kneeling or raising their fist during the national anthem. President Donald Trump has criticized the players taking part in the protests, accusing them of disrespecting the U.S. flag and calling for them to be sacked.
Kaepernick wasn’t the only figure in the sports world to notice Eminem’s rhymes Tuesday, as LeBron James—who previously called Trump a “bum” on Twitter—reacted to the freestyle:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 11, 2017
Eminem, who has never shied away from a feud, has made Mr. Trump a target before. In August, during a performance at the Reading Festival in the United Kingdom, Eminem told the crowd that he can’t stand the president before leading them in an obscene anti-Trump chant. Days earlier, at a concert in Glasgow, the rapper wore a shirt reading “FACK TRUMP” and made similar comments about the president before performing his song “White America”.