Participating in BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher is an indication that you’ve made an impact in the hip hop community. 2012 was one of my personal favorites as the year that holds the legendary Best West Coast BET Cypher with Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Xzibit, E-40 and more California heavy hitters. Five years later, Eminem’s BET Cypher verse realizes the negativity that’s mustered the world since the United States’ presidency of Donald Trump.
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Before getting to Eminem’s verse, there are rappers who have expressed their hatred for President Donald Trump. In recent memory, the most obvious is “FDT” by YG featuring Nipsey Hussle. As the second single to Still Brazy, “FDT” is YG’s attempt at unity for blacks, whites, Mexicans and other minorities siding against Trump. His presence on the record materialized a remix that features G-Eazy and Macklemore, both whom are white.
Another Los Angeles-native CNG shares synonymous thoughts as his 400 Spruce Street counterpart. “Not My President” presents that classic west coast feel in the instrumental, and is paired with lyrics that represent a strong voice for Mexican-Americans.
This Joey Bada$$ record is one of my personal favorites. “Land of the Free” is a single off his 2017 album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADASS. Diverting from the obvious hatred in the aforementioned west coast records, Badmon takes a more mellow, yet just as ferocious jab at Donald Trump and the country as a whole. Despite Trump being pubic enemy number one, Joey’s lyrics allow for self-reflection, providing insight on the responsibility to love one another, and foster growth as a community.
Just as Joey Bada$$ tackled a more mellow approach, Alyssa Marie builds a metaphorical jab at Trump in her rendition to “Spottieottiedopalicious“: “Please don’t tell Mr. President, but inside of my soul is aching/He’ll never build a wall tall enough to keep my mind from escaping”
As one of the most underrated records from DAMN., “XXX” is Kendrick Lamar‘s unsigned hype record. Kung Fu Kenny explains nearly everything that’s wrong with this country: “Wall Street, corporate offices/Banks, employees, and bosses with homicidal thoughts; Donald Trump’s in office”
Logic breaks down the fact that history repeats itself in “America“. This politically based record off Everybody explains how Donald Trump is the second coming of George Bush. As the fiercest record from Logic’s third studio album, it’s no question that Logic believes this to the extreme.
Finally, we get to Eminem’s cypher verse at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards. If it’s not a middle finger to Donald Trump, it’s a middle finger to his supporters. Marshall is not one to bite his tongue on his views, so believe him when he says he draws a line between him and Trump’s supporters.
However, it was no question that Eminem hates Donald Trump, as he went in on him during his elongated verse in Big Sean’s “No Favors“.
Is there anyone I missed?