The truth is Trump does not have a sweet relationship with most artistes in the United States and the world in general. During his campaign and after eventual ascendancy as the President of United States, musical remarks about him have not been eulogistic or reserved. The latest of the series od President-bashing is from Eminem, one of the best American rappers alive. In a four-minute-long rap video shot in a car park in Detroit, a hooded Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, launched an expletive-laden tirade against Trump while a group of young men watched on from the sidelines. The video was made for yesterday’s (Oct. 10) BET Hip Hop Awards.
In the rap, Eminem calls out Trump for being a “kamikaze” who will probably cause a “nuclear holocaust.” He also accuses the US president of distracting people’s attention from domestic crises like Puerto Rico or gun control by “causing a Twitter storm with the Packers” instead, referring to the furore surrounding some NFL players’ decision to kneel before the American flag in protest against the police.
It was not the first time Eminem would call the President out. He had previously accused Trump of using state fund for golf tourism and subtle support for white supremacists. Marshall Mathers, in the final line, later calls Trump a ‘sick tan’.
Are Nigerian artistes interested in calling out unpatriotic behaviour from our politicians? Do we have politically-conscious artistes who will defend the land from errant politicians? Do we really have courageous artistes in Nigeria?