We love to hate our politicians, but the surprisingly successful presidential run of one Donald J. Trump has incurred more outrage, on both sides of the political spectrum, than any campaign in a generation.
Trump's inflammatory rhetoric, especially when directed at Latinos, Muslims, women and really any group that isn't rich white dudes, has prompted hundreds of musicians and recording artists to condemn him in various ways. Of all the anti-Trump screeds and song parodies currently making the rounds, these 10 stand out as the best of the bunch.
10. Yung Blu, “Letter to Donald Trump”
For years, Donald Trump was actually a positive hip-hop trope, his name synonymous with money and success. But lately, a growing number of rappers has been speaking out against his racist rhetoric. Southern California Latino rapper Yung Blu is among them, going after the mogul with barbed lines like, “Mr. Trump, you shoulda never opened up your mouth/When you know 95 percent of your haters is black or brown.”
9. Richard Thompson, “Fergus Lang”
You don't have to be an American musician to hate Trump. When legendary British singer-songwriter-guitarist Richard Thompson introduced this new song a few months ago, he would only say, “It’s about a developer who likes to build golf courses in Scotland. I don’t want to use his name because he’d surely have me killed.” Best verse: “Fergus Lang, he builds and builds, but small is his erection/Fergus has a fine head of hair, when the wind's in the right direction.”
8. D.O.A., “Fucked Up Donald”
Veteran Canadian punk band D.O.A. wrote one of the great anti-Reagan screeds of the '80s, “Fucked Up Ronnie,” which was a rework of an earlier, apolitical song called “Fucked Up Baby.” So it's only fitting that they've revamped the song again as a vicious, fast-paced attack on The Donald. “When he cuts a deal, we'll all get scammed!” snarls lead vocalist Joey “Shithead” Keithley, over good old-fashioned raging hardcore. Every self-respecting left-wing punk band should work a cover of this into their sets for the next five months.
7. Becky G, “We Are Mexico”
Pop singer Becky G was one of several Mexican-American and Latino artists who released quick, angry responses to Trump's infamous speech suggesting that most Mexican immigrants are thieves and rapists. Over a simple but surging backdrop of chants and synths, the Inglewood-based artist paints a different picture of immigrant life, describing “Hard work, double time, overtime, two jobs/Working 'til our hands hurt/But we ain't never late to pay the bills.”
6. Rocky Mountain Mike, “Mr. Tangerine Man”
Satirical singer-songwriter Rocky Mountain Mike is sort of like a more political version of “Weird Al” Yankovic, and he strikes comedy gold on this pitch-perfect spoof of the Dylan/Byrds classic “Mr. Tambourine Man.” “Hey Mr. Tangerine Man, keep Muslims away from me/With my jingoistic worldview, I'll come following you.” You can hear more of his smart song parodies on his recent album, Politically Incoherent.
5. Dooley, Tlow, Lor Roger, “CIT4DT”
A group of young Baltimore rappers went viral with this menacing but hilarious anti-Trump party anthem (full title: “Choppa in a Trunk 4 Donald Trump”) and its accompanying YouTube clip in March. Their leader, Dooley, was inspired to create the song in part by some of Trump's anti-Muslim comments; Dooley, a 19-year-old YouTube comedy star whose real name is Abdel Ibrahim, is Muslim. Of the song's violent lyrics (“choppa” is slang for a type of rifle), Dooley told The Baltimore Sun, “”We didn't mean no harm by it. We don't got no damn chopper! My religion says don't even kill.”
4. Omaha Live, “Trump Song”
OK, yeah, turning '90s alt-rock warhorse “Lump,” by The Presidents of the United States of America, into a parody song called “Trump” is a little obvious. But as executed by the guys from Nebraska late-night sketch comedy show Omaha Live, it's hard to resist. “Trump sat alone in his golden lair,” the song begins, “totally emotionless except for his hair,” and it just gets sillier from there. Also, remember when half the videos on MTV looked like this and we thought they were awesome anyway? Those were more innocent times.
3. Dwain, “Make America Great Again”
This parody video, starring Phoenix comedian and Nick Nolte look-alike Brian Nissen as “Mullets Over America” spokesman Dwain, nails the attitude of many Trump supporters so well that it's been embraced by some of them as an actual pro-Trump anthem. Be sure to watch to the 2:54 mark, when Dwain turns a series of actual Trump quotes into the most batshit stuff you'll ever hear outside a Ted Nugent concert.
2. Prophets of Rage, “The Party's Over”
When this new supergroup, featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D, Cypress Hill's B-Real and members of Rage Against the Machine, made their debut at the Whisky a Go-Go last month, they mostly stuck to familiar material from their component parts. But they also debuted this vicious new track, which B-Real sneeringly dedicated to Donald Trump.
1. YG and Nipsey Hussle, “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)”
Of all the many anti-Trump songs released over the past year, none has made waves or grabbed the national consciousness more than this simple yet searing indictment of Trump's racist, divisive campaign. YG and Nipsey, members of rival gangs the Bloods and Crips, came together on the track to attack the orange-haired one's “racist ass” with lyrics like, “That nigga cancer/He too rich, he ain't got the answers” and promising to work to unite black and Latino voters against him: “Black love, brown pride in the sets again.” The song has made YG and Nipsey two of Trump's most high-profile opponents, leading a movement that's likely to grow ever larger if Trump officially gets the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month.