Coolio is worried Eminem could be killed over Trump lyrics on his new album
As somebody who has written music about drugs, family problems, and violence against numerous demographics, Eminem is no stranger to controversy. However, in October of this year, he went a step further than he usually does, and performed a four-and-a-half-minute rap about Donald Trump.
The song, which is called The Storm, tore into the current president and called him out for his provocation of a negative relationship with North Korea, his constant distractions from important issues, and his "support for the klansmen", saying "racism's the only thing he's fantastic for".
He also put Trump on blast for his lavish lifestyle, including the lines:
"He wants to lower our taxes/ Then who's gonna pay for his extravagant trips/ Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions?"
Now, Eminem - whose real name is Marshall Mathers - has released his ninth studio album, 'Revival', and a lot of the tracks follow the same political theme as The Storm.
For many, the new songs will just be a nice addition to their Spotify playlist, but others are concerned that the message behind the album could land the 45-year-old rapper in hot water.
One person who seems particularly worried about the response to Eminem's latest album is Coolio, the rapper behind Gangsta's Paradise.
When interviewed by TMZ about how he thought Donald Trump would react to Eminem's new album, Coolio responded, "Who knows, man? Trump is a little bit… he’s a weirdo, so you know, he might do anything. He might have Eminem killed."
The 54-year-old also noted that he wasn't sure whether Eminem's latest album would be as popular as his previous work, as music fans don't often want a political agenda heaped on them. He said:
"People just want to party and have fun and bullshit. Nobody wants to hear anything that’s stimulating in thought. We’ve been conditioned like that for a long time, especially the youngsters, they don’t want anything that’s controversial because they don’t have time for that."
However, he did add that there was a potential for change:
"This generation, I think they ready for something. It’s just got to take a couple of people to come out and do it. They follow each other.
"When one cat come out and do something, they do what he does. Someone’s gotta get a hit record with something controversial then everyone will start doing it."
Eminem himself had some comments about his intent behind the album in a recent interview with Elton John, in which he explained that he wanted to open people's eyes to Donald Trump's actions. "Sh*t is going on that we want to make you aware of," he said. "We have a president who does not care about everybody in our country; he is not the president for all of us, he is the president for some of us. He knows what he's doing."
Whether or not Coolio was being serious when he made the comments about Eminem being killed over Revival is not certain, but what is known for sure is that the rapper has already caused a great deal of outrage. Many people were unhappy that Mathers chose to tackle the subject of Trump's presidency at the BET awards, let alone release a whole album about the matter.
But Eminem was defiant, and made it clear that he is passionate about improving the state of the USA.
"As long as he's got his base, he does not give a fuck about anybody else in America," the rapper said. "But guess what? There's more of us than there are of them. I still feel like America is the greatest country to live in. This is my opinion. But we have issues that we need to work on and we need to do better."