Lil Wayne's "God Bless Amerika" and Six Other Rap Protest Songs
Lil Wayne's got beef with the American prison system, and that could have something to do with his three incarcerations. But he also feels the purity, valor and justice are missing from the red, white and blue.
This is according to the lyrics from his latest music video "God Bless Amerika." (We're not exactly sure why he misspelled the name, but we digress.) Though making a decent political point, but Weezy also muddles the message with lots of talk about eating pussy, so it's not really that lofty.
But Wayne ain't the only rapper to sing a song about "this ole godless Amerika." Some even did it better.
In this song, Nas tells about how he comes from "the land of the thieves." This being a rap song from a black man, he talks a lot about race inequality. Even as a huge star, Nas can't seem to escape the downward gaze. Still his third verse ruminates on a number of subjects, from the mistreatment and misrepresentation of women to the death penalty. He takes a stab at classism before tying his message together in one neat package: Are we really any better than the third world?
Jay-Z's "Open Letter"
Jay caused a serious uproar among Florida Republicans like Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen when he and Beyonce traveled to Cuba for their anniversary, so he penned this protest song asking just what the hell the big deal was anymore? As he points out, he's confused by all the talk about communism "when it's from China the very mic that I'm using." Mr. Carter pulls the representation card as well, seeing as how politicians have never done anything for him "except lie to me, distort history." Jay makes the case clear cut, if you're going to lock him up, just make sure you nab him for something that's actually illegal.