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Eminem Rapper lashes out at trump with freestyle rap video He also excoriated Trump for his responses to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Rapper Eminem struck out at President Donald Trump in a video that played at the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday, accusing the president of racism, hypocrisy, disrespect of military veterans and more in almost 5 minutes of furious freestyle rap.

He also excoriated Trump for his responses to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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The video, titled “The Storm,” was filmed in Detroit as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ traditional cyphers, in which rappers typically aim to deliver showy verses in a group setting. In his solo appearance, Eminem, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap, name-drops Colin Kaepernick (“This is for Colin/ball up a fist”), Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Stephen K. Bannon. He appears to reference Sen. John McCain (“Unless you’re a POW who’s tortured and battered/’cause to him you’re zeroes/’cause he don’t like his war heroes captured.”)

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Kaepernick expressed his support on Twitter with a raised fist emoji.

Eminem also ripped into his fans who are Trump supporters.

“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,” he raps, before giving the middle finger to the camera.

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Eminem, who has never shied away from a feud, has made Trump a target before. In August, during a performance at the Reading Festival in the United Kingdom, Eminem told the crowd that he “can’t stand” the president before leading them in an obscene anti-Trump chant. Days earlier, at a concert in Glasgow, the rapper wore a shirt reading “FACK TRUMP” and made similar comments about the president before performing his song “White America.” (“See the problem is/I speak to suburban kids/who otherwise would’ve never knew these words exist.”)

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But in an earlier era, the two men appeared together amicably. Ahead of the 2004 presidential election, Trump made a cameo in the Eminem concert special “The Shady National Convention,” which aired on MTV. “I know a winner when I see one,” Trump said in an endorsement of Eminem’s alter-ego, Slim Shady. “Donald Trump is telling you right now Slim Shady is a winner. He’s got brains, he’s got guts and he’s got Donald Trump’s vote.”

The rapper’s dense, blistering lyrics have courted controversy in the past, with some accusing him of writing homophobic and misogynistic verses.

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And this is not the first time that Eminem has tackled politics in his songs: He has also taken aim at Bill ClintonHillary Clinton and George W. Bush. Last October, he released the freestyle track “Campaign Speech,” in which he called Trump “a loose cannon who’s blunt with his hand on the button.”

Eminem is thought to be gearing up for the release this year of his eighth major-label album and first since “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” in 2013. (A longtime producer for the rapper said earlier this month that the new music was “done.”) In the last few years, he has popped up for occasional guest verses and soundtrack songs — he is featured on Pink’s “Revenge,” out Friday — but has largely remained in the shadows, away from celebrity and social media.

“Sometimes I think that if I get comfortable or set in my ways of doing something, maybe I should step back for a minute and figure out how to mix it up a little bit,” he told The New York Times in 2015.

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Other hip-hop artists and rappers have also targeted the president in their lyrics and music videos. California rapper YG released a single last August called “FDT,” in which he repeatedly curses Trump’s name. Kendrick Lamar lashed out at Trump in his tracks “The Heart Part 4” and “XXX.” Snoop Dogg’s music video “Lavender,” in which the rapper aimed a toy pistol at a clown resembling Trump, earned a rebuke and a call for “jail time!” from the president himself in March.

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