This morning, I woke up to the internet masturbating over an Eminem freestyle about Donald Trump, in which he describes pouring coffee over an orange head, and impersonates a Deep South accent to mock Trump supporters. It’s very dad satire; paper thin, flirting with cringe, absent of any edge, if ultimately harmless. But that’s the point. It’s harmless and vacuous, yet the media have reacted as if it’s rap’s most astute and razor sharp political commentary yet on the Trump administration; and more importantly, that it was a radical and significant statement the likes of which – semantically suggested even when not literally – we haven’t yet heard. GQ’s political commentator Keith Olbermann tweeted that it was the best political writing of 2017 and after “27 years of doubt he’s now a rap fan." According to The Guardian, Eminem “unleashed” a rap attack, while E! Online go with “slam”, BBC; “explosive”. Esquire calls it “the best anti Trump song of the year."

Inevitably, much of this language is clickbait hyperbole, but it reflects an urgent need for digestible and easy slamdunks; let's make fun of Trump for being overweight, for being orange, for saying covfefe; let's make fun of his supporters for having daft accents and being ignorant. Let's provide vapid and unfulfilling answers to incredibly complex and deeply essential questions. For viewers and readers, it's a pat-on-the-head, a tube-sign with a twee quote about fighting evil together, a large plate of precisely fuck all. There is no clarity or insight or meaning to it, beyond its status as today's cheapest option of self-gratification against the unconscionable horrors of Trumpism lying in wait on a separate tab.

Eminem’s intentions are obviously good, but the stakes he has in this political maelstrom are comparatively marginal to the black and POC rap artists who are putting themselves on the line in producing critical political music, and this unconsciously figures into the facile content of his freestyle, and in how his manner translates to those who aren’t well-off white male political journalists.

There has been an astounding volume of good political rap since it became even a remote feasibility that Trump could become president, and while we as rap fans who are politically conscious, appreciated and validated their importance at the time of their release, it is screamingly clear in the wake of the congratulatory back-slapping which has greeted Eminem’s cartoon attempt at political rap, that platforming these artists' vitality and eloquence must be maintained.

So here’s a playlist of what we think are just some of the most vital political rap of the past two years; spanning the sentimental and the direct, the cynical and the abstract, the banging and the meditative. There is solemnity and humour and disbelief and energy and nostalgia and forward-thinking and eulogies and mission statements; and they all share and channel an insightful, articulate, inspiring and unignorable anger. These tracks address, not only Trump, but the systemic and institutional racism and prejudice which has culminated in Trump's election. Trump is just the sagging face value of what’s corrupt in society.

This right here is the radical and necessary political music of today.