When Eminem rapped about "Agent Orange" sending the Secret Service to meet him, he wasn't kidding. BuzzFeed News obtained 40 pages of documents about the government agency interviewing Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, over "threatening lyrics" the rapper made about President Donald Trump and his family.
The Secret Service characterized Eminem, 47, as "exhibiting inappropriate behavior" and noted that he "threatens protectee" in the song "Framed," off the rapper's Revival album. The investigative documents, which are heavily redacted, cite the following lyrics: "Donald Duck’s on as the Tonka Truck in the yard. But dog, how the f*** is Ivanka Trump in the trunk of my car? ... ' cause I feel somewhat responsible for the dumb little blonde Girl, that motherf***in ' baton twirler that got dumped in the pond, Second murder with no recollection of it ..."
On Revival's December 2017 release date, "a concerned citizen reported Marshall Mathers the rapper 'Eminem' had a new song called 'Framed' with an inappropriate comment towards President Donald Trump and a threatening comment towards Ivanka Trump," the documents state. The "concerned citizen" was a TMZ employee who was apparently seeking comment from the Secret Service. (TMZ founder Harvey Levin and President Trump have been close for years.)
The documents continue, "This is not the first time MATHERS made threatening comments towards POTUS and his family. In June 2017, MATHERS freestyled comments that were threatening in nature towards POTUS." The "freestyled comments" are around Eminem's rap during the BET Hip-Hop Awards that went viral in 2017. ("That’s an awfully hot coffee pot Should I drop it on Donald Trump?/Prob’ly not/But that’s all I got ’til I come up with a solid plot," he spewed.)
Also included as evidence of the rapper's disdain for Trump was a 2017 interview with Vulture in which Eminem said the president "makes my blood boil." The agency's Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division conducted a background check on Eminem and set up an interview about the two songs with the rapper through his attorneys, which took place on the afternoon of Jan. 16, 2018.
"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 said.
Two pages of documents summarizing the discussion were entirely redacted. The interview was discussed two days later at a Secret Service meeting "and it was determined that this case will be NON-REFERRED" to a federal prosecutor, according to the papers.
Eminem told the world about the meeting on Kamikaze’s "The Ringer." He rapped, "‘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."
Eminem through the years
Eminem through the years
Rap artist Eminem. (Photo by Marion Curtis/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
White American rapper Eminem, winner of the Best Hip Hop act award, makes his acceptance speech at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards. (Photo by Chris Bacon - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 9: Rapper Eminem attends the 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1999 at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 18: Rapper Eminem attends the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards on August 18, 1999 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: Musical guest Eminem performs on October 7, 2000 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
378549 01: Hip Hop Artist Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers III) enters the courtroom of Judge Norris Langford in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan September 18, 2000. Eminem was accused of pointing a gun at someone. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Liaison)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Eminem at the 27th Annual American Music Awards (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Eminem Performing At The Reading Festival, Britain - 27 Aug 2001, Eminem (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Eminem during MTV European Music Awards 2002 MTV European Music Awards 2002 at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Eminem during 2003 MTV Video Music Awards - Backstage and Audience at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Madonna and Eminem during 2003 MTV Video Music Awards - Show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Eminem during the 11th annual MTV Europe Awards 2004 at the Tor di Valle in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Anthony Harvey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Eminem and 50 Cent at the MTV Studios - Times Square in New York City, New York (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 30: Eminem performs at the 2009 Voodoo Experience at City Park on October 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
Eminem performs as part of the 2010 Epicenter Music Festival at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Eminem speaks onstage at WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 11: Eminem performs in concert during the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 11, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Rapper Eminem attends the premiere of "Southpaw" in New York. In a tweet Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, Eminem said is hosting a promotional event Friday in Detroit in the style of a pop-up restaurant with a menu featuring "mom's spaghetti." The event is to promote his new album, "Revival." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Eminem performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)