Politicians turned into political targets
Killer Mike – “Reagan”
The former Outkast affiliate’s 2012 album, R.A.P. Music, was filled with narrations, but one of the songs that stood out the most was “Reagan,” which unapologetically took shots at the late, former President Ronald Reagan for his contribution to urban genocide and the corruption of drugs within the black community. Mike didn’t hold back in the song and got real ruthless.
“They only love the rich, and how they loathe the poor
If I say any more they might be at my door
(Shh..) Who the f**k is that staring in my window
Doing that surveillance on Mr. Michael Render
I’m dropping off the grid before they pump the lead
I leave you with four words: I’m glad Reagan dead”
50 Cent – “Corner Bodega”
50 Cent is known to be a little no-holds-barred when it comes to his comments about… well, anything. And his lyrics on the 2002 track from his Guess Who’s Back compilation was no different. In the song, he took shots at then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his aggressive force towards criminals in the city.
Public Enemy – “Rebel Without a Pause”
There’s no doubt that Public Enemy set the standard for taking a stand against the corrupted government. They had a sh*tload of classic political tracks, and while “Fight the Power” will forever go down as one of the greatest, “Rebel Without a Pause” is most memorable for the aim it took at former President Reagan.
“Claiming where we get our rhythm from
Number one – we hit ya and we give ya some
No gun – and still never on the run
You wanna be an S.1 – Griff will tell you when
And then you’ll come again you’ll know what time it is
Impeach the president – pulling out the ray-gun
Zap the next one – I could be your Shogun
Suckers – don’t last a minute
Soft and smooth – I ain’t with it”