By: Will Burchfield
Eminem’s now-well-known freestyle video was enjoying from somebody’s telephone within the background when Golden Tate, perched on a towel bin within the Lions’ locker room, was requested if he’d heard it.
“Yeah, I noticed it this morning earlier than I got here to work. I’ll have to return and evaluate it once more,” stated Tate, ever a soccer participant.
“‘Wow,’ is what I assumed. Eminem’s all the time had some actual chilly lyrics, however this time he introduced pure hearth,” Tate stated.
The freestyle, a scathing assault of Donald Trump, was launched on the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night time and has since gone viral. Arguably nobody in hip hip — or popular culture, for that matter — has come at Trump more durable.
Amongst lyrical barbs questioning the President’s patriotism and excoriating his insurance policies, Eminem stands up for Colin Kaepernick — and by extension, all NFL gamers who’ve protested racial injustice through the nationwide anthem.
Lions tight finish Michael Roberts was seeing the video for the primary time, watching it on his telephone whereas seated at his locker, and famous most of the strains “resonated” with him.
“I agree with loads of it,” stated Roberts, including he’d should take heed to it once more to supply a full evaluation.
Darius Slay, a hip-hop fanatic, merely smiled when requested if he’d seen the video. In fact he had.
However he couldn’t be goaded right into a response.
“I ain’t obtained no feedback on that, not stepping into that,” he stated.
Okay, politics apart, was it a freestyle or a slam poem? Individuals have been calling it each. (Roberts, for his half, went with the latter.)
“I don’t care if it’s a freestyle or not,” stated Slay. “It was good.”
“Yeah, that’s Eminem! That’s the GOAT,” Slay stated.
Tate stated he’s by no means met Eminem however needs to.
“He’s a legend. There’s a Hip-Hop Corridor of Fame, proper?” Tate requested.
“He’ll undoubtedly be in it,” he stated.
Each Glover Quin and Steve Longa, the latter of whom took a knee in the course of the anthem in Weeks three and four, stated that they had not but seen the video.