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"Framed"
Song by Eminem
from the album Revival
ReleasedDecember 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
GenreHorrorcore[1]
Length4:13
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Music video
"Framed" on YouTube

"Framed" is a song by American rapper Eminem. It was released on April 3, 2018, accompanied by a music video.

Composition

The song, produced by Fredwreck, samples Czechoslovakian progressive rock band C&K Vocal's 1976 song "Pilgrim".[2]

In the third verse of the song, the word "raping" is censored in the line, "Just escaped from the state pen for raping eight women who hate men."[3]

Music video

A music video for the song was released on April 3, 2018. This followed a trailer for the video released March 28. As of July 25, 2018, the video has over 27 million views.[4] The video depicts a news reporter (named Stan Dresden, referring to one of Eminem's most popular songs and the street he grew up on) on a TV with breaking news: Eminem has escaped from an asylum. Then the music starts and Eminem does the first verse in a forest and a house. Then, the music cuts and the news reporter interviews the detective, who is going into the house that Eminem is in. Then Eminem does the chorus in the house. The second verse starts in the forest, then it cuts to the detective at the house. He interrogates him through the second chorus and he seems to deny everything. The third verse starts with a black screen saying "3 AM", a reference to one of his songs of the same genre. Then he is taken back to the mental asylum, where he gets a needle shot into his arm. The video slowly fades.

Live performances

The song made its live debut at Eminem's Coachella performance on April 15, 2018.[5] The song was placed on most setlists for the Revival Tour.[6]

Reception

In a positive review, XXL called the song "eerie and awesome".[7] In contrast, Consequence of Sound reacted negatively, stating, "his slow-motion yelling of the title aims for an unholy hybrid of Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, and Pee-Wee Herman, and somehow still falls short."[8]

Charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 80

Legacy

On his 2018 song "The Ringer" from his follow-up album Kamikaze, Eminem references the U.S. Secret Service visiting him in response to lyrics on Revival perceived to be threatening towards then-president Donald Trump. BuzzFeed filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Secret Service to find out if this was true. In October 2019, the Secret Service revealed to BuzzFeed that, in response to an email from a TMZ employee pressing the agency to investigate Eminem for his "threatening lyrics" about Ivanka Trump on "Framed", they had conducted a background check and arranged an interview, in which the interviewers read the verse out loud to Eminem—and he rapped along. The agency subsequently decided against referring the case to a federal prosecutor.[10]

References

  1. ^ Barker, Andrew. "Album Review: Eminem's Revival". Variety. Penske Media. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Revival / Eminem TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Eminem – Framed Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Framed – Eminem". Retrieved July 25, 2018 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Eminem Concert Setlist at 2018 Coachella Festival on April 15, 2018". Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Eminem Average Serlists of tour: Revival Tour". Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Scott Glaysher (January 4, 2018). "Eminem Seeks Redemption on 'Revival' Album". Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Dan Weiss (December 18, 2017). "Eminem Fumbles His Confessions on the Godawful Revival". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Eminem". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Leopold, Jason (October 24, 2019). "TMZ Emailed The Secret Service About Eminem's Trump Lyrics. Agents Then Investigated The Rapper". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved October 25, 2019.