Ever since Eminem dropped his scathing critique of Donald Trump at the BET Hip-Hop Awards it was clear he had a bone to pick with Trump, the country and the rampant racism that seems to be the prevailing topic of the day. There have been murmurs that Em’s new album, Revival, would be a politically-charged, anti-Trump soundboard, and by the sounds of the second release from the album “Untouchable,” that will come to fruition when the album releases on December 15th.
For over six minutes, Em discusses everything from institutional racism, police brutality, Colin Kaepernick, the old practice of redlining to keep minorities in certain neighborhoods and a myriad of topics of similar ilk. “Black boy, black boy, we ain’t gonna lie to you /Black boy, black boy, we don’t like the sight of you,” he raps to open the song, from the perspective of a racist white man.
The song’s title is itself a commentary on racism, as the “untouchable” figure in the song is white men, who remain unbothered by police and free of the metaphorical shackles placed on the wrists of black people in America. It’s a stark contrast from the album’s first single, the introspective “Walk On Water,” with Beyonce, but if the rumors are to be trusted, “Untouchable” is a truer representation of what is to come when Revival hits retailers next week.
Eminem’s “Untouchable” below.
In February 2017, Eminem appeared on “No Favors”, a track from Big Sean’s album I Decided. In the song, Eminem calls the newly elected President Donald Trump a “bitch”, and also raps about raping conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter, who is a Trump supporter. Coulter responded to the lyrics, stating, “I think it’s unfortunate that the left, from Berkeley to Eminem with his rap songs, has normalized violence against women, as Eminem has done.” Eminem participated in the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards’ annual cypher, using his verse, a freestyle rap called “The Storm”, to further criticize Trump and the administration for, among other things, Trump’s focus on National Football League players’ protests during “The Star Spangled Banner” over Hurricane Maria recovery efforts and lack of gun control reform in the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. Eminem ended the cypher by giving an ultimatum saying that Trump supporters cannot be his fans. The verse received wide praise among other rappers following its release. In October 2017, Eminem appeared on “Revenge”, a track from Pink’s album Beautiful Trauma.
Starting in late October, Eminem and Paul Rosenberg began teasing what fans speculated was the title of a new album titled Revival, in the form of advertisements for a fake medication of the same name. Later in November, the first single “Walk on Water” was released, which featured Beyoncé. The song was first performed, by Eminem, at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on November 12, featuring Skylar Grey. He appeared at the Saturday Night Live on November 18, performing “Walk on Water”, “Stan” and “Love the Way You Lie” with Skylar Grey. On November 28, Dr. Dre posted a video confirming the album’s release date as December 15, 2017.