A Provocative Lyric
On his 2018 album, Kamikaze, Eminem, a.k.a. Marshall Mathers, dropped a lead track called "The Ringer." In it, Eminem rapped a lyric claiming to have been visited by the Secret Service.
"Cause 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.'"
While many people assumed that it was posturing, BuzzFeed News has uncovered that it's is actually true.
It Turned Out To Be True
After "The Ringer" was released, BuzzFeed News filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Secret Service in order to find out if they really had met with Mathers with security concerns. It turns out, they had.
Buzzfeed was recently sent 40 pages of (heavily redacted) documents detailing their meeting with Eminem and his lawyers about "threatening lyrics" from 2017's "Framed." According to the Secret Service, through his raps, Eminem was "exhibiting inappropriate behavior" that "threatens [the] protectee."
A "concerned citizen," who turned out to be a TMZ employee, requested a comment from the Secret Service, sending an email saying "I want to know if your agency is investigating Eminem for his threatening lyrics about First daughter Ivanka Trump."
"A Concerned Citizen"
On top of performing a highly critical rap at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards, Eminem rapped lyrics in "Framed" that seemed to threaten President Trump and his daughter Ivanka. According to the document,
"The song was about a murder that he could remember and must be ‘framed’ with the specific lyrics, ‘Donald Duck’s on as the Tonka Truck in the yard. But dog, how the fuck is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car? ... ' cause I feel somewhat responsible for the dumb little blonde Girl, that motherfuckin ' baton twirler that got dumped in the pond, Second murder with no recollection of it..."
Interviewed By The Secret Service
According to the documents that were sent to BuzzFeed News, the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division arranged a meeting with Mathers to ask about his BET freestyle rap and the lyrics in "Framed." Mathers knew exactly what they were talking about and "began rap along with the interviewers as the verse was read."
"At the conclusion of the interview, Agents again offered to answer any questions. It was also explained that any additional questions about this investigation should be directed to the USSS [United States Secret Service] Office of Government and Public Affairs. Counsel then escorted Agents from Mather's office."
Ultimately, they determined that the case would be non-referred to a federal prosecutor.
This has got to get Eminem some serious clout, right?