By Amanda Wicks
Music and politics not only mix, they often butt heads. At least, that’s what happens when artists use their platform to share their strong opinions.
Ronnie Dunn went after President Obama yesterday (June 12), but he’s not he first to attack a politician, the political system, or some political issue.
Here are five other crazy political rants from artists.
Azealia Banks on Sarah Palin
It seems like not a day goes by without Banks using Twitter to create some kind of controversy. One of Banks’ Twitter had her attacking Sarah Palin after reading a fake story on a parody political site. After Banks attacked Palin in April, the former Alaskan governor threatened to sue the rapper.
“Sarah Palin needs to have her hair shaved off to a buzz cut, get headf—– by a big veiny, ashy, black d— then be locked in a cupboard…Hideous. At least suk a n—- d— or summ’ before you start talking s— about ‘black people willingly accepting slavery’. Least she can do…Honestly… Let’s find the biggest burliest blackest negroes and let them run a train on her. Film it and put it on worldstar.”
Banks later apologized and tried to smooth things over, but quickly changed her tune and continued going after Palin.
Kanye West on Politics
Kanye has always been outspoken about the political system and its players. Whether claiming former President George W. Bush hates black people or insinuating that the government is behind the crack epidemic, he uses his mouth and his music to share his beliefs. But it was his 2015 MTV VMA’s acceptance speech for the Vanguard Award, its nearly 20 minute length, and his pledge to run for president in 2020 that earns him a spot on this list.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight, I don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow bro. But all I can say to my fellow artists, just worry about how you feel. I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials bro. This is the new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands we not gonna teach low self esteem and hate to our kids. We gonna teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. It ain’t about me, it’s about ideas bro!”
“And yes, I have decided in 2020 to run for president!”
With that, he actually dropped the mic and left the stage.
T.I. on Donald Trump
Let’s face it, there are numerous members of the hip-hop community who aren’t fans of Trump. And many have been incredibly vocal about it. But T.I. posted a true rant to Instagram, descrying the Republican presidential nominee for his polarizing stance on race. “know u got plans for my people that are contrary to OUR BEST INTERESTS,” he wrote in the video’s caption.
I ain't going for it... Mr Trump, if u beat me u won...but I WILL NOT BE FOOLED!!! I know u got plans for my people that are contrary to OUR BEST INTERESTS. Make no mistake... WE AINT ON THE SAME SIDE. Whatever U ARE,IM NOT!!!! Be CLEAR!!!! I have a family, I have children, I have ancestors that I WILL NOT LET DOWN. If me & mines ain't safe, if me & mines in danger.... Guess what??? It's gon take all my air to keep me from #Goin⬆️ Heh... U Have No Idea. May God Be with U sir. Have a nice day Mr. Trump.
Snoop Dogg Goes off on Arnold Schwarzenegger
It’s hard to imagine Snoop going crazy about politics, but the chill rapper let loose a tirade of words aimed at Arnold Schwarzenegger in April after the actor turned politician released convicted murderer Esteban Nunez early while denying Snoop’s friend Stanley “Tookie” Williams’ request for clemency in 2005. Snoop gets heated when he goes off.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger’s a straight b—-,” Snoop Dogg said in the first video. “Punk mothaf—-. How the f—- you gonna let this n—- out of jail, n—–? But you gonna kill Tookie Williams. Cause homeboy was your friend. Yousa b—-. Yousa punk. Mothaf—-. I can’t stand you. Youse one mothaf—– racist, piece of s—. F— you, Arnold Schwarzenegger. You got the right name: N—-.”
Ted Nugent on Anti-NRA Advocates
Nugent notoriously speaks his mind when it comes to the liberal agenda, especially as it pertains to gun control. He’s posted several controversial items about Democrats, attacked President Obama, but in February he went off on anti-NRA advocates. Nugent said anyone who is Jewish and for gun control is really a Nazi in disguise. He later denied being an anti-Semite.