Donald Trump slammed Jay-Z but has yet to respond to Eminem
You know we live in amazing times when the President is beefing with rappers. (Well, rappers with a certain skin tone, anyway.)
Last week Jay-Z took a break from apologizing to Beyoncé to appear on the first episode of The Van Jones show on CNN. During the interview, they touched on a variety of topics, including President Trump's most recent racist comment. During a meeting with lawmakers about immigration, Trump reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "sh-thole countries." Then he suggested the U.S. "should have more people from places like Norway."
In the interview, Jones asked Jay-Z, "How does that land with you as a dad?” "Everyone feels anger," replied the 48-year-old rapper. "But after the anger it's really hurtful because he's looking down on a whole population of people and he's so misinformed because these places have beautiful people."
However, Jay-Z's thoughts about racism were especially interesting. He compares Donald Trump to disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. When a tape leaked of Sterling making racist remarks, he lost his NBA team. However, Jay-Z says it might have been better to let Sterling keep the team and "talk about it," because "all other closet racists just run back in the hole."
“What you’ve done was spray perfume on the trash can," explained Jay-Z. " You don’t take the trash out. You just keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable, and then as those things grow, you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump the superbug."
Well, The Superbug didn't care much for Shawn Carter's comments. Trump responded quickly, tweeting, "Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!" Jay-Z used to have beef with Nas; now he has beef with the President. As one Twitter user quipped, "Jay-Z has reached the final boss of rap beef."
Of course, as MSNBC host Joe Scarborough pointed out, black unemployment "is at record lows thanks to a massive declining trend started in 2010," when Barack Obama was President. It's not clear what Trump has done - if anything - to affect black unemployment rates, after one year in office. His administration did just pass a major tax bill, but it will take some a lot more time to see how that affects the economy.
Also, during the interview, Jones actually brought up the black unemployment rate, which has continued to go down, and asked if the President had a point. "No," Jay-Z replied. "Because it’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. You’re missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings."
This isn't the first time Trump has beefed with a rapper. Last year, Snoop Dogg released a music video where he shoots a clown named "Ronald Klump" who happens to look a lot like Donald Trump. Trump responded to that controversy quickly, slamming Snoop and his "failing" career. (Being a legendary rapper who hosts a hit TV show with Martha Stewart is "failing?")
However, there's one rapper Trump hasn't responded to: Eminem. At The BET Awards, Marshall Mathers made a surprise appearance and delivered a blistering four-minute rap against Trump. He slams the President for criticizing NFL players while praising a crowd of white supremacists and neo-Nazi's. He reminds us that Trump rudely insulted Senator John McCain, a Vietnam vet, by saying "he doesn't like his war heroes captured." And in the most memorable moment, Eminem draws a "line in the sand," telling his Trump-supporting fans to choose between him and Donald.
Afterward, the typically loquacious Trump didn't have a thing about the rap on Twitter. In a recent interview, Eminem elaborated on his comments, saying "a f---ing turd would have been better as a president."
"I know that Hillary [Clinton] had her flaws, but you know what? Anything would have been better [than Trump]. A f---ing turd would have been better as a president. When I [put out The Storm], I felt that everybody who was with him 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. He made these people feel like he was really going to do something for them. It's just so fucking disgusting how divisive his language is, the rhetoric, the Charlottesville shit, just watching it going, 'I can't believe he's saying this.'"
While Trump responded to Jay-Z within hours of his CNN interview, he has yet to say to anything about Eminem.
Maybe Donald Trump is actually playing this smart, knowing that not responding to Slim Shady is the best response. (In interviews, Eminem has complained about not getting a response. It might be eating at him) Also, while Jay-Z arguably lost the battle with Nas (or at least it was a tie), Eminem is pretty much undefeated in rap beef. He beat Canibus, Benzino, Everlast, Ja Rule and Nick Cannon - nobody wants beef with Shady.
Well, if Trump does respond, hopefully it will be with a sick four-minute rap at one of his rallies. Crazier things have happened. We live in amazing times.