After a downpour of Donald Trump diss tracks from the likes of YG, Nipsey Hussle, and Mac Miller, after near every musician has barred his campaign from sullying their music, West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur is the latest artist to rebuke the Donald's vision for America. And he's been dead for almost 20 years.
In an unaired MTV News interview segment from 1992, recently unearthed, Shakur discusses the problem of income inequality in America, the importance of generosity and social welfare, and our responsibility to each other as a society.
“There’s no way that these people should own planes," he says, "when people don’t have houses, apartments, shacks, drawers, pants... Even if you earned it, you still owe.” It's basically Obama's "you didn't build that" delivered two decades early.
He begins by casting Trump — not yet the orange clown we've come to loathe — as the epitome of American greed. "If you wanna be successful," he says, "you wanna be like Trump: gimme, gimme, gimme, push, push, push, push, step, step, step, crush, crush, crush."
The scary thing is, there's an alarming number of people who'd happily wear every word of that on a t-shirt, probably matched as an outfit with their "Make America Great Again" hat. The clip is a reminder that, for 25 years, we've just sat by as the monster grew big and ugly before our very eyes. Or maybe even longer.