Campaign Speech


by Stanley Godfrey

Eminem Performing 1999 in Munich, Germany

Eminem Performing 1999 in Munich, Germany – Photo by Mika-Photography

Eminem, where is he?

That is a question a lot of people have been left wondering, after he has not made an album over 3 years.

The rapper from Detroit known by his real name Marshall Mathers, who has been in the rap scene since the 90s has been distant from the media and musical world for a while.

In this crazy year of 2016, with many issues political and social it was time for the rapper to step forward again.

Released on October 19th, was the almost 8 minute song “Campaign Speech.”

This new track has no constant beat, but only a synth line in the background. While the synth quietly plays, the aggressive tone of Eminem’s voice helps create all the energy the song needs to become one of the greatest rap comebacks anyone has seen in a long time.

Many issues are mentioned in the song from police brutality to Donald Trump.

Police brutality is mentioned the first minutes and references the shootings that have happened over the past couple of years.

“And dressin’ George Zimmerman in a fluorescent orange/Dress and four inch heels to address the court/With a bullseye on his back/His whole chest and torso/Are left on the doorsteps of Trayvon’s dad as a present for him.”

The subject he is referring to that of Trayvon Martin back in 2012. The 17 year-old was shot by George Zimmerman, mentioned above, in a very controversial case.

Eminem almost dedicates a whole minute to Trump discussing America’s following of him.

“Consider me a dangerous man but you should be afraid of this dang candidate/You say Trump don’t kiss ass like a puppet/’Cause he runs his campaign with his own cash for the fundin’/And that’s what you wanted/A f***in’ loose cannon who’s blunt with his hand on the button/Who doesn’t have to answer to no one.”

Of course this isn’t the first time Eminem has talked about controversial topics. One of his older albums “Recovery” released 2010 contained a lot of dark material, compared to some of his earlier work that is funnier.

Recovery talked about many dark parts in Marshall’s career and life before fame.

It seems clear that Eminem does like to speak his mind through the music he makes.

I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.” Mathers said.

“Campaign Speech” was released after he told the world on facebook he was working on the new album.

It’s likely that this will not be the last commentary we hears out of Marshall Mathers, so stay tuned.

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