It’s now confirmed that the U.S. Secret Service interrogated rapper Eminem in regards to lyrics he sang about President Trump and his daughter Ivanka.
The interrogation took place on January 16th, 2018, and related specifically to the lyrics of Eminem’s “Framed” as well as some freestyling the rapper partook in at the 2017 BET Awards.
According to the agency’s report, Eminem didn’t quite take the interrogation seriously. In fact, as one of the agents read the supposedly threatening lyrics, Eminem began rapping them. The interrogation ended soon afterward, and during an agency meeting a few days later, the Feds decided not to pursue charges against the rapper. They perceived that Eminem was not a legitimate threat to either the president or his family.
Sadly for Americans, all of this was paid for by John and Jane Taxpayer.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the story is who alerted the Secret Service to the supposedly threatening lyrics: an unnamed TMZ reporter. This person called the agency the day Eminem’s Revival album was released, which contained “Framed.”
The focus of the Secret Service’s investigation seems to have been on the implied threats against the First Daughter in “Framed,” which included a number of violent allusions to her. But the report also mentioned threats the rapper supposedly made in his BET Awards freestyling, as a way of indicating that the threats in “Framed” were not an isolated incident.
Another interesting aspect of this story is how it relates to Eminem’s 2018 song “The Ringer,” which contains references to having the Secret Service question him. It turns out that this particular song was actually based on fact. The interrogation of Eminem was discovered after BuzzFeed filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Secret Service.