Last night, Eminem unleashed a four-minute anti-Trump freestyle that has been roundly praised for voicing the frustrations of so many, while also explicitly calling for his fans to outright condemn the president. Eminem hasn’t done much of worth in the past, oh, 15 years, but this new political bent has already garnered him many new fans—like #Resistance leader Keith Olbermann, who tweeted:
To which we say: Welcome aboard, Keith! Hip-hop has a long, rich history that you’re surely eager to dig into, now that this one Eminem verse has made you reconsider ignoring it. If you’re hungry for more lucid, angry, purposeful rap music that speaks directly about systemic oppression and the possibilities of organized dissent, please avoid pretty much everything Eminem has ever done, and cast your new, doubt-free, rap-loving ears toward artists like the following:
Jedi Mind Tricks
A Tribe Called Quest
Open Mike Eagle
Poor Righteous Teachers
Chance The Rapper
All of whom have created albums in the past 27 years that may strike your fancy, now that Eminem has converted you.
And if you’re willing to stretch your ears beyond that arbitrary 27-year limit, we’d direct you toward the explicitly political rap released prior to 1990 by the following:
Eric B. & Rakim
Boogie Down Productions
Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
The Geto Boys
Big Daddy Kane
You might also check out:
The Notorious B.I.G.
Ski Mask The Slump God
There’s probably also some political writing you could brush up on, but we’ll stick to music.