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Eminem releases anti-Trump single 'Campaign Speech'

Los Angeles Times logo Los Angeles Times 20/10/2016 August Brown

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Eminem is possibly the only person more adept with free-associative, syntactically imaginative insults than Donald Trump. So it makes a certain sense that Trump would bear Em's ire on a new single, "Campaign Speech."

The eight-minute track was released Wednesday to tide fans over as they await a new LP: "Don't worry I'm working on an album! Here's something meanwhile," he wrote on Twitter.

The single, a stark number that's a pure showcase for Em's rage, pulls no punches as he assails the Republican nominee with a fury that conjures his early acid-tongued days and his more recent sincerity.

"[T]hat's what you wanted? A ... loose cannon who's blunt with his hand on the button/ Who doesn't have to answer to no one? Great idea!"

The track follows a previous radio-show freestyle where Eminem lambasted Trump and a host of other pop culture figures.

The rapper hasn't always had such enmity for Trump.

In 2004, Trump appeared onstage at a mock presidential campaign rally to promote Eminem's new album and Sirius XM show. "I know a winner when I see one, and Donald Trump is telling you right now, Slim Shady is a winner," Trump said then. "He's got brains, he's got guts, and he's got Donald Trump's vote!"

Of course, that was an album promotional stunt and not real life, and as "Campaign Speech" makes very clear, the stakes have changed.

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