Hive Five: Our Daily Listicle of Musical Musings
“Picture us coolin’ out on the fourth of July/ And if you heard we was celebrating that’s a worldwide lie,” ranted Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav during their seminal track “Louder Than a Bomb.” It’s a message that’s long resonated within rap circles, but while many rappers may be quick to indict the good ‘ol U S of A, there are some plucky patriots who’ve shown rhymed pride towards their homeland. Here’s five rap tracks that were made for the stars and stripes in their own unique ways.
1. Young Jeezy, “My President Is Black”
There’s nothing more inherently patriotic than hearing the Snowman explaining how, “My president is black, my Lambo’s blue/ And I’ll be God damned if my rims ain’t too.” It’s euphoric, dignified, and with a staunch capitalist streak to boot. Call it a rap song to unite the party lines!
2. Beastie Boys, “Paul Revere”
Quite simply the most factually accurate rapped rendition of the efforts of American revolutionist Paul Revere. Complete with a bonus early instance of a hip-hop horse and historically relevant beer talk.
3. Bun B, “Inauguration”
Hail to the chief! Here the “new president of the south” recites an uplifting rap speech over an utterly patriotic sample. “I”m a tell you how I feel ’cause I’m a God damn Texan,” Bun beams in this Lone Star salute.
4. Yelawolf, “Throw It Up”
Basking in his white trash roots, the Alabama man drafts Eminem for a song that bigs ups such American staples as Target, K-Mart, and shopping for shoes at Payless. Trailer trash pioneers and proud of it.
5. Big Baby Gandhi, “American Experience”
“American Experience” is a rapped take on the immigrant experience and the lure of the American dream, here Das Racist’s dinky lil’ pal drops gems like, “My people’s still up in Gauntanamo/ But I fell in love with the gold and designer clothes.” It’s the American way, we suppose.