(AllHipHop News) Eminem's verbal takedown of Donald Trump at the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards continues to make waves across the media landscape. The YouTube version of the performance has collected over 19 million views in two days with millions of more plays on other platforms.
Veteran Hip Hop artists Talib Kweli and Fat Joe were guests on MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber to talk about the impact of "The Storm" freestyle. AllHipHop co-founder Chuck Creekmur and conservative commentator Bill Kristol were part of the panel as well.
"The reason why it was so impactful is because it was respect for black and brown people," said Fat Joe. "This is a very fragile time in America, and it took somebody like Eminem to bring that to the light."
Talib added, "Eminem is a very skilled lyricist. Back in the day, he used to use his lyrical darts to take on Fred Durst, Mariah Carey, and entertainers. On a political spectrum, it meant nothing. Now we see Eminem - a 40-plus year old man who's been doing it for twenty-plus years, who's still very, very masterful at his craft - using his art and influence to take on a bigger target in a more focused manner."