This Public Enemy Cover Art Inspired Eminem's Anti-Trump BET Performance
In a new piece for Interview magazine, Elton John and Eminem spoke about his memorable anti-Donald Trump freestyle “The Storm” that took place during the BET Hip Hop Awards, and revealed that the performance was supposed to happen live.
“The original idea was for me to go to the BET Awards and do it acapella onstage,” Eminem said. “I went home that same day and wrote it all, but then at the last minute, plans got switched around and we filmed it in Detroit.”
The Detroit rapper also revealed that the setup of his performance was largely inspired by the single cover art for Public Enemy’s song “You’re Gonna Get Yours.”
“One of the things we were trying to mimic was Public Enemy’s ‘You’re Gonna Get Yours’ cover,” he said. “I don’t know if anybody got that, but that’s kind of the feel that we were going for.”
In the interview the two artists also discussed Eminem’s relationship with Dr. Dre, with the rapper detailing his first time meeting the California artist and entrepreneur.
“When Dre walked in, it was like an out-of-body experience,” Eminem said. “Nothing in my life had been going right for me, but he put me up in the Oakwood apartments and paid my rent so I could record with him.”
Eminem’s forthcoming ninth album Revival is expected to drop on December 15. The 19-track album features appearances from Beyoncé, Phresher, Alicia Keys and Kehlani.
Read the rest of the interview between Elton John and Eminem here.