Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
E-Mail: bergen.anthony@gmail.com
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Jay-Z,
Blueprint

Jay-Z: Hola’ Hovito

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Lighter Shade Of Brown,
Brown & Proud

Lighter Shade of Brown (feat. Huggy Boy): On A Sunday Afternoon

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Dr. Dre,
The Chronic

Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg): Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang

Sometimes you just have to play the classics to remind everybody why they are considered classics.

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Eminem,
The Marshall Mathers LP 2-(Deluxe Edition)

Eminem (feat. Nate Ruess of Fun.): Headlights

So, apparently, Em loves him mom after all.  And that’s one hell of a hook.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Favorite rap song to name drop or reference a president?
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

Oh man, I’m not sure.  There are a lot of rap songs that mention Presidents that I really like!  And that’s not even counting songs that just mention the word “President” like Eric B. is President from Eric B. & Rakim or Jay-Z’s Dead Presidents.

I really like the whole song Mr. President from 2Pac — the version from the Happy Home single, not from the Still I Rise album (which was retitled Letter to the President).  It’s not really specific to an individual President, although it’s a song about the dangers and difficulties of life in the inner-city and addressed to President Clinton.

And because I am, deep down, a 19-year-old punk, I still enjoy these lyrics from Eminem’s Criminal:

"My morals went (fart noise) when the President got oral
Sex in his Oval Office on top of his desk off of
His own employee, now don’t ignore me, you won’t avoid me
You can’t miss me, I’m white, blonde-haired and my nose is pointy”

However, the best history-related rap song ever is the song from the Hamilton Mixtape that Lin-Manuel Miranda performed at the White House:

"The ten-dollar, Founding Father without a father,
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder/
By being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter,
By fourteen they had placed him in charge of the trade and charter/
And every day while slaves were being slaughtered or carted
Away across the waves, our Hamilton kept his guard up/
Inside he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter”

If you haven’t seen or heard Lin-Manuel Miranda’s performance, go track it down now because it’s brilliant. 

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Pusha T,
My Name Is My Name

Pusha T (feat. Pharrell): S.N.I.T.C.H.

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Pusha T,
My Name Is My Name

Pusha T (feat. Kendrick Lamar): Nosetalgia

Pick up Pusha’s new album, My Name Is My Name, available today!

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Pusha T,
My Name Is My Name

Pusha T (feat. Kelly Rowland): Let Me Love You

"I know you think I’m the one but who doesn’t?"

New Pusha is always a treat.  Get My Name Is My Name on Tuesday.

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Pusha T,
Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray

Pusha T: What Dreams Are Made Of

Rick Ross can steal the Ric Flair sample, but Pusha did it first and on a better track.

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Kanye West/Dilated Peoples

Dilated Peoples (feat. Kanye West): This Way

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2Pac,
Gang Related Soundtrack

2Pac: Life’s So Hard

Actually, I think it’s been totally over-hyped and blown way out of proportion.  It’s certainly not a diss song.  2Pac’s "Hit ‘Em Up”, Jay-Z’s "Takeover" and “Supa Ugly”, Nas’s "Ether"those are diss songs.  K-Dot’s verse in “Control” is just him dropping some names and basically saying that he wants to be the best MC.  I mean, he even says “I got love for you” and one of the names he drops is Big Sean’s, who shares the track with him.  Maybe hip-hop is so desperate for a beef or an old-fashioned battle that this got folks excited, but it was a roll call, not a diss song.  Even 50 Cent’s "How To Rob" which was obviously done tongue-in-cheek was more vicious than Kendrick’s verse in “Control”.

Also — and maybe I’m just getting old and clinging to the same hip-hop that I’ve always loved — I think Kendrick Lamar is kind of overrated.  I have Section.80 and good kid, m.A.A.d city on my iPod and certainly think he’s better than Drake or Rick Ross, but I see lots of people saying he’s the best rapper around right now and there’s no way.  Even if you take some of the major stars who have been around for a while (Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye, etc.) out of the equation and just look at young guys or people who are just breaking out on their own as solo acts, I would put B.o.B. and Pusha T way ahead of Kendrick.  And that’s coming from a hip-hop lover who is also unabashedly biased toward acts from the West Coast.  I don’t think Kendrick is terrible or anything, he is just overrated.  In my humble opinion.

Yes, I do enjoy hip-hop.  I post tracks that I enjoy all the time!  If you do search my Tumblr with the tag “hip-hop”, you’ll see some of the songs I’ve posted in the past.  I’ll be sure to try to post something today.