A new report from Buzzfeed News confirms that Secret Service agents interviewed Eminem in January 2018 about his lyrics. The agency was concerned about the lyrical content of his BET Freestyle and Revival tracks “Like Home” and especially “Framed,” where he raps:
Woke up, it was dawn, musta knew somethin’ was wrong
Think I’m becomin’ a monster ‘cause of the drugs that I’m on
Donald Duck’s on, there’s a Tonka Truck in the yard
But dog, how the fuck is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car?
Gotta get to the bottom of it to try to solve it
Must go above and beyond, ’cause it’s incumbent upon me
Plus 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.
According to the Secret Service docs I obtained, when @Eminem was interviewed by agents they read lyrics from his 2017 freestyle rap. The agents wrote in their notes: “Mathers was familiar the song and began rap along with the interviewers as the verse was read.” https://t.co/ucKYqtCYmW
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) October 24, 2019
During the interview with Secret Service, when agents began to read the lyrics of his freestyle rap, “Mathers was familiar the song and began rap along with the interviewers as the verse was read,” according to the documents.
“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,” the documents say.
The interview was discussed two days later at a Secret Service meeting, the documents say, “and it was determined that this case will be NON-REFERRED” to a federal prosecutor.
Eminem referenced his Secret Service interview on his August 2018 song, “The Ringer,” rapping:
But I know at least he’s heard it
‘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.”
In a 2018 interview with Sway Calloway, Em spoke about the encounter. “They came to my studio, yeah. They were basically asking me questions about my lyrics to see what the intent was behind them and if I was making an actual threat or just expressing myself.”
It’s not Em’s first time being targeted by the Secret Service. As Genius user NSRE notes in an annotation, Eminem was investigated in 2004 for perceived threatening lyrics about former President George W. Bush.