Grammy-winning rapper Eminem and Kid Cudi have finally united for the first time. The hip-hop duo have kept their word on joining forces for their new “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady” collaboration.
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On Friday, the must-hear single premiered online across all streaming platforms. The anthem heavily features Cudi leading the way with an intro verse and Em following up with some hard-hitting name-drops including a diss to New Orleans’ Drew Brees following his recent scolding of NFL players kneeling for police brutality awareness.
“I had hoop dreams, now I shoot three’s/got a little green, but I don’t do weed/Purp nor lean/That’s Tunechi, that’s New Orleans/F**k Drew Brees” (“The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady”)
In early June 2020, Drew Brees hit up Instagram to directly respond to anti-kneeling support he received from President Donald Trump. Drew made sure to emphasize the importance of white people like themselves seeing how the peaceful pre-game protests called to end injustice and inequality for Blacks.
“To @realdonaldtrump Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities. We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform. We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history! If not now, then when? We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities. We must acknowledge the problems, identify the solutions, and then put this into action. The black community cannot do it alone. This will require all of us.” -Drew Brees’ Instagram
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Drew’s open message came hours after Trump publicly stood up for his original kneeling comments. Donald explained why he felt athletes should not use the peaceful protest during the national anthem.
“I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high… …We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!” -Donald Trump’s Twitter
Before You Go
The same week, Brees had released multiple apologies. The statements came after he initially slammed players for kneeling during the national anthem before games.
“Step-by-step you will see my heart for exactly what it is and the way everyone around me sees it. I’m sorry it has taken this long to act and to participate in a meaningful way but I am your ally in this fight.” – Drew Brees’ Instagram
“I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.” -Drew Brees’ Instagram