Trump tells the New York Times that ‘all forms of media will tank’ if he is not president; reaction and analysis from journalist Emily Shire and Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce.

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Tango Bango · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Trump is a total DOOFUS!! He’ll be in jail in 2020, unless Yhuge AssKisser Mikey Pence pardons Him!

Chaffegirl · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

this just proves how dilusional he is

Feral Vicar · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Trump needs to stop grabbing his daughter's breasts.

Billy McAuliffe · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Hahahahaha no they need you to get the fuck out and leave go back to Germany where you're illigal migrant father came from

Melvin Mendoza · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

It is written, Trump will win.

Anthony D · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. For the last 20 years, two technically versatile and emotionally literate rappers have been vying for the title of “biggest tin ear for beats”. Sorry, Nas: you’ve been roundly trounced at last.

Production-wise, Revival is a trainwreck. If Eminem thinks his verbal box of tricks can overcome the weakness of any backing track, his recent albums have demonstrated otherwise. Revival begins with the Beyoncé-featuring Walk on Water, a song as thrilling as shopping for shower curtains – but were it put at the end of this exhausting LP it would at least provide some sweet respite. Its beat is relatively subtle, lacks bombast and doesn’t have you questioning the sanity of all involved. Much worse are the negligible scribblings of frequent collaborator Alex da Kid, on studio speed-dial for album filler, or the decision to flip Joan Jett for the risible Remind Me. Rick Rubin – the man behind 99 Problems, Run DMC’s Walk This Way and Johnny Cash’s take on Hurt – produced the latter.

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Early fans have long since given up on Eminem, which is probably of zero importance to him, but if you played this album to them they’d be baffled. Eminem is clearly a rapper, but there’s hardly a trace of hip-hop here. The guests – Alicia Keys, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé – speak to pop-rap stadium-packing ambitions, as does the familiar song structure. We start off slow, he gets angrier, he explodes in incandescent rage, an anthemic vocal hook comes in. Repeat, for 77 minutes.

As Alexis Petridis noted in these pages, the most interesting thing about the rapper in 2017 is his decision to turn on many of the people who will have backed him for years. There’s little doubt that past Eminem anthems have provided solace or angry catharsis for the kind of kid that goes all out on 4Chan and shares Pepe the Frog memes, so his recent freestyled tirade against Trump showed a welcome willingness to engage in big, potentially unpopular fights. But sadly you’ll find little cogent analysis of Trump-era America on Revival.

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 Eminem lambasts Donald Trump in freestyle rap – video

There’s more to like on Framed and the strange but intriguing Untouchable. The former, which nods to Making a Murderer and sees Eminem with Ivanka Trump in the trunk of his car, is vintage horrorcore, and its simplicity and menace marks it out. It doesn’t belong here, really. Untouchable shows him keen to engage with race relations, jumping from the perspective of a racist white cop to that of a black man, with an accompanying beat change. It’s a tricky tightrope, and possibly misjudged, but it shows ambition and breaks up the formula.

Offended, meanwhile, packs in more rhyme schemes, flows and punchlines than most MCs manage in a career, as well as the album’s best beat. But it’s still a mess: too tricksy and undermined by a truly risible hook. Eminem seems to have spent years overworking every last rhyme into a pun-fest that eats itself – a low is reached with Heat’s line, “I’ve got to meet her like a taxi”.

The woke Slim Shady – understanding Eminem in the age of Trump

 

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The album frequently sags, as any 19-track album is wont to do, though two introspective moments at the end save the concept somewhat. He writes letters to his daughter on Castle, then atones for his life’s mistakes on Arose as he imagines his deathbed – and then delivers a rewritten take on Castle’s closing verse, seizing life anew.

But this maturity comes too late – we’re already past the point where you can no longer take Eminem seriously. Revival is littered with tracks where he apologises to various people for his behaviour, before he flips into a track about killing someone and does a knob joke.

Is he for real when he raps on Castle: “I’ll put out this last album, then I’m done with it / One hundred percent finished, fed up with it / I’m hanging it up, fuck it”? Much of this album makes you hope he is.

Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. For the last 20 years, two technically versatile and emotionally literate rappers have been vying for the title of “biggest tin ear for beats”. Sorry, Nas: you’ve been roundly trounced at last.

Production-wise, Revival is a trainwreck. If Eminem thinks his verbal box of tricks can overcome the weakness of any backing track, his recent albums have demonstrated otherwise. Revival begins with the Beyoncé-featuring Walk on Water, a song as thrilling as shopping for shower curtains – but were it put at the end of this exhausting LP it would at least provide some sweet respite. Its beat is relatively subtle, lacks bombast and doesn’t have you questioning the sanity of all involved. Much worse are the negligible scribblings of frequent collaborator Alex da Kid, on studio speed-dial for album filler, or the decision to flip Joan Jett for the risible Remind Me. Rick Rubin – the man behind 99 Problems, Run DMC’s Walk This Way and Johnny Cash’s take on Hurt – produced the latter.

FacebookTwitterPinterest

Early fans have long since given up on Eminem, which is probably of zero importance to him, but if you played this album to them they’d be baffled. Eminem is clearly a rapper, but there’s hardly a trace of hip-hop here. The guests – Alicia Keys, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé – speak to pop-rap stadium-packing ambitions, as does the familiar song structure. We start off slow, he gets angrier, he explodes in incandescent rage, an anthemic vocal hook comes in. Repeat, for 77 minutes.

As Alexis Petridis noted in these pages, the most interesting thing about the rapper in 2017 is his decision to turn on many of the people who will have backed him for years. There’s little doubt that past Eminem anthems have provided solace or angry catharsis for the kind of kid that goes all out on 4Chan and shares Pepe the Frog memes, so his recent freestyled tirade against Trump showed a welcome willingness to engage in big, potentially unpopular fights. But sadly you’ll find little cogent analysis of Trump-era America on Revival.

Play Video

4:29

 Eminem lambasts Donald Trump in freestyle rap – video

There’s more to like on Framed and the strange but intriguing Untouchable. The former, which nods to Making a Murderer and sees Eminem with Ivanka Trump in the trunk of his car, is vintage horrorcore, and its simplicity and menace marks it out. It doesn’t belong here, really. Untouchable shows him keen to engage with race relations, jumping from the perspective of a racist white cop to that of a black man, with an accompanying beat change. It’s a tricky tightrope, and possibly misjudged, but it shows ambition and breaks up the formula.

Offended, meanwhile, packs in more rhyme schemes, flows and punchlines than most MCs manage in a career, as well as the album’s best beat. But it’s still a mess: too tricksy and undermined by a truly risible hook. Eminem seems to have spent years overworking every last rhyme into a pun-fest that eats itself – a low is reached with Heat’s line, “I’ve got to meet her like a taxi”.

The woke Slim Shady – understanding Eminem in the age of Trump

 

Read more

The album frequently sags, as any 19-track album is wont to do, though two introspective moments at the end save the concept somewhat. He writes letters to his daughter on Castle, then atones for his life’s mistakes on Arose as he imagines his deathbed – and then delivers a rewritten take on Castle’s closing verse, seizing life anew.

But this maturity comes too late – we’re already past the point where you can no longer take Eminem seriously. Revival is littered with tracks where he apologises to various people for his behaviour, before he flips into a track about killing someone and does a knob joke.

Is he for real when he raps on Castle: “I’ll put out this last album, then I’m done with it / One hundred percent finished, fed up with it / I’m hanging it up, fuck it”? Much of this album makes you hope he is.

Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

Anthony D · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

KANNADA 5 DANMARK 0!!! TWO PERIODES!!! GO KANADA GO!!!

John Thomas · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Democrats fight President Trump at every turn because he believes in smaller Government and immigration control. They are afraid he will be too effective and cause them to loose even more power. Sad

The 5-Star Review 2017 · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

See Trump is telling secrets. He knows a few Jews control the media and determine who is President. Their coverage of him has put Billions in their pockets and the pimp must continue to have his day.

Rich Houle · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Twenty-sixteen

tennwalt · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Yeah, Trumps numbers are changing, just like they did during and running up to the election by fake liberal news who even faked the polls then just like they are doing now lmao!…PRICELESS

Neddskorg · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

1:11 to 2:09 Tammy Bruce is 100% on point.

T Dubb · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

How the world looks at Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX-VtZVZeNg&t=16s

Peter Schancel · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The reason he has any good Press is Faux News Propaganda . He looses the shills at Faux News Fox and Friend , Hanity , Carson ect that lie and create shinny object distractions he i has no voice but 124 characters.

Amine Boutaleb Allain · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

I love him so much I'm abandoning my trash French citizenship and passport for American ones. Fuck Canada too, might get Russian or Japanese. ALL HAIL TRUMP-SENPAI <3

Soren · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Obama is the biggest snake ever..

CanadianLoki76 · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Shire is the typical blonde female air-head. He trolling you. Why not go back to talking about how Trump get two scopes of Ice Cream or how many Diet Cokes he drinks. Forget all the real things that matter that is happening in real life when you write these fake news stories. Ignore all the good things that has happened. Acting like petulant little children.

Cyberviper8 · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Many people don’t trust media anymore, but America loves conspiracy. We are all about that drama television. Which is why the Presidents comments may ring true more than not.

Tomandtob · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

GEE, THE MEDIA DID FINE WITHOUT HIM AND IT WILL DO SO IN THE FUTURE. HE IS JUST A BIG BLOATED BAG OF HOT AIR.

SOMEBODY GET HIS RETIRED CALL GIRL/WIFE A COMB!

DOES HE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE IN PRISON CANNOT RUN FOR OFFICE? HE WILL BE IN PRISON LONG BEFORE 2020.

Rex Karz · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Trump is going down in flames. What a monumental inbred.

Richard Conner · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

I THOUGHT THE OPENING CAPTION READ;PRESIDENT THINKS MEDICATION IS NEEDED.

Freptboy · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Trump is a moron and an isolationist.

Jamey Cordery · December 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

I'm wondering how long the media can continually say a person's popularity polls are tanking before they actually hit zero. Seems like President Trump's are always tanking fast, but he has never hit zero.

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