By Jeremy Essig
By Jason Robinson
By Hans Morgenstern
By Joseph Hess
By Peter Gilstrap
By Julia Burch
By Jeremy Essig
By Nathan Smith
"Headline: Bush steals the presidency/He needs the backing of the meek, what could the remedy be?/ We're heading for a recession reminiscent of the Great Depression/Are lives worth a world of power?/Easy question."
-- Mr. Lif, "Home of the Brave" (on George W. Bush)
"He gives the rich a giant tax loophole/Leaves the poor living in a poop hole."
-- Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, "California Über Alles" (on former California Governor Pete Wilson)
Putting Down the Man
"Elvis was a hero to most/But he never meant shit to me/A straight-up racist that sucker was, simple and plain/Motherfuck him and John Wayne."
-- Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"
"While other MCs are talkin' about up with hope, down with dope/I got the devil in my infrared scope/Poy!/That's for callin' my father a boy/Klak! Klak! Klak!/That's for puttin' scars on my mother's back/Bo!/That's for callin' my sister a ho/And for you/Buck! Buck! Buck!/'Cause I don't give a motherfuck."
-- KRS-One, "Ah Yeah"
"I'm rollin' down Rodeo with a shotgun/These people ain't seen a brown-skinned man since their grandfathers bought one."
-- Rage Against the Machine, "Down Rodeo"
"Who gives a fuck if you've got money in the millions/'Cause, motherfucker, we got posse in the billions."
The Coup, "The Coup"
The War on War
"Military is a mockery for all to see/Be all you can be is just another trick that's up their sleeves/But ya better believe that you'll be grievin' when ya ain't receivin'/What was promised, don't be astonished cause ya won't be leavin'/They reeled you in like your skin had fins/Now you're poundin' sand for another man's sins."
-- The Goats, "Typical American"
"I got a letter from the government the other day/I opened it and read it/It said they were suckers/They wanted me for the army or whatever/Picture me giving a damn/I said never...../They could not understand/That I'm a black man/And could never be a veteran."
-- Public Enemy, "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"
"Yeah, tolerance is getting thinner/'Cause Iraq never called me nigger."
-- Paris, "Bush Killa"