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Eminem Raps About Institutional Racism And White Privilege In New Song 'Untouchable'

So powerful.

For Eminem, no topic is too complex to cover in a rap. The 45-year-old released a new track today, December 8, titled "Untouchable," and it's a politically charged song that tackles White privilege, systematic racism, and police brutality — all from the perspective of being a White man. You know, the perfect follow-up to the Beyoncé-filled duet "Walk On Water."

This is by no means the first time these topics have been covered, as Black artists have done so with Usher's "Chains," T.I.'s "Warzone," and Damian Marley's "Nail Pon Cross." Even White artists have spoken up like with "White Privilege II" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. In fact, even Eminem got political at the 2017 BET Awards with a rap directed at President Donald Trump and some of today's biggest hot-button issues.

In the song, which runs for a little over six minutes, Eminem hits on our country's heightened racial tensions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Colin Kaepernick's "take a knee" movement. The entire song, though, can probably be summed up by one of Slim Shady's lines: "Throughout history, African-Americans have been treated like shit / And I admit there have been times where it's been embarrassing to be a White boy."

Beyond the hard-hitting raps, Eminem also makes a more subliminal and symbolic statement. The artwork for "Untouchable" appears, at first, to be just an American flag. Then, if you look really hard, you'll see a silhouette of Eminem with a hand to the forehead. It seems that he is in deep thought about the state of the world we live in and is expressing it now.

Listen to Eminem’s “Untouchable” here:

Eminem's new album, Revival, arrives December 15.

(H/T: HuffPost)

Cover image via @eminem / Instagram

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