Eminem Was Questioned By the Secret Service For Violent Lyrics About a Presidential Family Member

Rappers are known for their explicit and often violent lyrics, and Eminem is no exception. The “Lose Yourself” emcee has found himself at the center of many controversies throughout his career, and one of them involved being questioned by the government for his suspected motives.

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Eminem has violent lyrics

Eminem is no stranger to rapping about things most people would find abhorrent or obscene. Over the years, he’s rapped about sexually assaulting and physically abusing women. As a result, his music has found him in hot water several times.

Eminem’s penchant for less-than-family-friendly lyrics came back to bite him in 2017. But unlike past controversies involving people in his personal life, this time, he was in trouble with the US government.

The Secret Service interviewed Eminem because of his lyrics about Ivanka Trump

At the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Eminem delivered a searing freestyle aimed at President Donald Trump. “Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa / Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors,” he rapped, referencing Trump’s treatment of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

A few months later, Eminem released his album Revival. On the song “Framed,” Eminem took aim at President Trump once again. “Donald Duck’s on, there’s a Tonka Truck in the yard / But dog, how the f*** is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car? / Gotta get to the bottom of it to try to solve it!” he said. He then alluded to murdering a blonde girl, presumably Ivanka Trump.

The following year, Eminem released his surprise album Kamikaze. On the opening track “The Ringer,” Eminem revealed that his lyrics about the Trump family on his last album earned him a visit from the Secret Service for questioning. “Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service / To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists / I said, ‘Only when it comes to ink and lyricists,'” he admitted.

Eminem wasn’t a fan of the Trump family

Needless to say, Eminem wasn’t a fan of the Trump family when they were in the White House. He spoke about his disdain for the former president in a 2017 interview with Vulture ahead of his Revival album’s release.

“He makes my blood boil,” he said, emphasizing that he wants to do more than just write blistering lyrics about Trump. “All jokes aside, all punch lines aside, I’m trying to get a message out there about him. I want our country to be great too, I want it to be the best it can be, but it’s not going to be that with him in charge.

“I knew it was going to be bad with him,” he continued. “What he’s doing putting people against each other is scary f***ing s***. His election was such a disappointment to me about the state of the country.”

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