Eminem's latest song and Big Sean's new album, both released at midnight Friday, make vigorous political statements.
Big Sean, who was in Detroit on Thanksgiving as a Grand Marshal of America's Thanksgiving Parade, references the Flint water crisis in the "Savage Time" track from the "Double or Nothing" collaboration album with Metro Boomin:
"I'm-a take that water from Flint, and I'm-a go up there to D.C; I'm-a make the president drink; he wouldn't even let it touch his sink."
The Fillmore Detroit announced Friday afternoon that Big Sean and Metro Boomin will perform with doors opening at 7 p.m. Sunday, and you can get in free with proof of purchase of the new album.
Eminem's "Untouchable" song, from his "Revival" album set to release Dec. 15, addresses police shootings of unarmed black people, poverty and street violence:
"Single mother strugglin’ through substance abuse; While people with nothing to lose shoot each other for shoes; F*** your republican views; Pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, where the f*** are the boots?"
Both artists have Detroit roots. Eminem, who goes by his real name, Marshall Mathers, on Twitter, posted the track listing and other hints about his new album this week. The album cover features part of an American flag superimposed over Mathers with a hand over his face.
Big Sean, whose real name is Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, is a Grammy-nominated artist who was signed by Kanye West a decade ago. He had his own holiday in Detroit when June 29, 2017 was officially declared Big Sean Day.
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