Politics in Music

Music & Politics

Within the recent volatile political climate we call 2017 more and more celebrities such as actors and musicians are becoming open about their political alignments & more prominently their distaste for the current president of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

This brings up the argument of those with no political experience giving their 2 cents on someone running country who ironically does not have much of a political background.

Adding to the current debate, rapper Eminem who is rumoured to be releasing an album this November with a 4 year gap between his previous album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ and a headlining performance at The Reading and Leeds Festival a few months prior, released a freestyle rap aptly named ‘The Storm’. It was hosted by The BET Awards and issued a scathing 4 minute freestyle cypher that at this moment has garnered over 8.7 million views on YouTube as he highlights “Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against.”

Many people on twitter including celebrities took note to celebrate the rapper such as Ellen DeGeneres, T-Pain and LeBron James as some people rejected Eminems statement or ‘lost respect’ for the rapper.

Though it may be more prominent & discussed during this time of everyone & their opinion readily available for the internet music has always been a form of the political climate and this is not the first time Eminem has stated his strong opinion on the current president as is apparent in his 2004 protest song ‘Mosh.’

From the protest songs of the south in slavery with ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ and ‘Go Down Moses’ to folk and rock artists of the sixties such as Bob Dylan and groups like N.W.A rallying against social inequality from the Vietnam War to poverty stricken neighbourhoods. But as political statements has become less ambiguous within these times and platforms such as twitter used to promote such statements do you think that music and politics mix?

If you haven’t caught it by know you can check out Eminem’s cypher below