Back in 2018 Eminem accused the Secret Service of investigating him on his song “The Ringer,” and now, according to BuzzFeed News, these allegations appeared to be true. According to documents obtained by the press, the Secret Service, in heavily redacted documents claimed that the rapper was “exhibiting inappropriate behavior” that “threatens protectee” (i.e., the President) based on “threatening lyrics” on his song 2017 song “Framed.”
The lyrics in question on “Framed” stated: “The song was about a murder that he [couldn’t] remember and must be ‘framed’ with the specific lyrics, ‘Donald Duck’s on as the Tonka Truck in the yard. But dog, how the fuck is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car?… ’cause I feel somewhat responsible for the dumb little blonde Girl, that motherfuckin’ baton twirler that got dumped in the pond, Second murder with no recollection of it.’”
These documents further reveal that a TMZ employee may have been the one to alert the Secret Service of the track’s lyrical content. A “concerned citizen” named by the report, stated that the TMZ staffer specifically asked if the “agency is investigating Eminem for his threatening lyrics about First daughter Ivanka Trump,” which led to the investigation.
The rapper referenced this incident on “The Ringer” with the lyrics: “‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service/ To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him.”
Eminem’s criticism of the president has gone back to 2017, when the rapper made a freestyle vilifying the president, and his own fans who supported him. “And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against. And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: F*** you!” the rapper stated during the performance.
Kamikaze received mixed reviews from critics, and controversy for the rapper’s use of a homophobic (albeit, censored) slur launched against prominent hip hop artist Tyler, The Creator on the track “Fall.” “Built as a response to the backlash of Revival, Kamikaze reveals itself as a shallow and petty piece of work by an artist who no longer is in touch with what made him special in the first place,” mxdwn reviewer Griffin Boyle explained.