When it comes to politics, rappers have a lot to say. Politics is a dirty game, and rappers aren’t here for it. With this upcoming election, many rappers have been outspoken about who they don’t want to see in office. Rewind to a few years ago, rappers, along with other black celebrities, put themselves on the front line to encourage the youth to put Barack Obama in office. 8 years later, seems like their influence did its job.
But now, we’re looking at two candidates who the people aren’t crazy about. On the red side, you have an idiotic man who could care less about the people. And on the blue side, you have a woman who people only want to see in office to keep the red man out. It’s cray and is becoming the craziest election ever. The following rappers have hurled insults, not only to this year’s presidential hopefuls, but to past leaders in politics that have wronged society and its culture.
YG ft. Nipsey Hussle – “FDT”
YG has been very vocal in his hate for presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Earlier this year, he released a track entitled, “FDT” (F**k Donald Trump). Nipsey Hussle joined his fellow Cali native on the track and expressed his disgust with the Republican nominee, as well. The entire song is about Trump, and things get real as the two rappers go in. In part of the song, YG exclaims:
“Don’t let Donald Trump win, that n***a cancer
He too rich, he ain’t got the answers
He can’t make decisions for this country, he gon’ crash us
No, we can’t be a slave for him
He got me appreciatin’ Obama way more
Hey Donald, and everyone that follows
You gave us your reason to be President, but we hate yours”
And that’s just the first verse!
Lil Wayne – “Georgia… Bush”
I’m sure you see where this is going. In 2005, Wayne released this song, taking shots at then-President George Bush who failed New Orleanians with his lack of efforts in responding to the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The tragedy struck New Orleans disastrously and the city still hasn’t shaken back to 100%. Wayne, being a native of the city and, at the time, one of the most popular rising artists, he took to a pen and pad and unleashed on Bush.
“They tell you what they want, show you what they want you to see
But they don’t let you know what’s really going on
Make it look like a lotta stealing going on
Boy them cops is killas in my home
N***a shot dead in the middle of the street
I ain’t no thief, I’m just trying to eat
Man f**k the police and President (Georgia) Bush
So what happened to the levees, why wasn’t they steady?
Why wasn’t they able to control this?
I know some folk that live by the levee
That keep on telling me they heard explosions
Same sh*t happened back in Hurricane Betsy
1965: I ain’t too young to know this
That was President Johnson but now it’s (Georgia) Bush”
Jay-Z “Blue Magic”
Since the beginning of his rap career, Jay-Z has been open about his past life as a drug dealer and has been very unapologetic about it. On his first single from his 2007 album, American Gangster, he gets political with his reason behind his former hustle, aiming shots at former President Ronald Reagan and his associate, Oliver North.
“North beach leathers, matching Gucci sweater
Gucci sneaks on to keep my outfit together
Whatever, hundred for the diamond chain
Can’t you tell that I came from the dope game?
Blame Reagan for making me into a monster
Blame Oliver North and Iran-Contra
I ran contraband that they sponsored
Before this rhymin stuff we was in concert”