Rappers Vs. Uncle Sam: N.W.A., Eminem, Kanye...
Mike Myers will probably go down in history as the most uncomfortable white guy next to a black guy in TV history, thanks to Kanye West's unscripted outburst during that infamous Hurricane Katrina telethon.
It began with Myers reading his part of the script verbatim. Two-thirds into the PSA, an emotional, nervous, hyperventilating Kanye blurted out: "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Mike Myers had this priceless look of disbelief on his face just before NBC's cameras abruptly cut away to an equally dazed Chris Tucker.
But Myers and Tucker weren't the only ones caught off guard by Kanye's outburst. In his memoir Decision Points, published today, Bush cites it as the most disgusting moment of his eight-year presidency. When it comes to rappers who have made government officials squirm in their seat, Kanye is in some good company.
Here's a breakdown of hip-hop's run-ins with the Feds.
5. Eminem vs the FBI
Song: "We As Americans"
Offensive Rhyme: ""Fuck money, I don't rap for dead presidents/ I'd rather see the president dead"
Those rhymes were offensive enough to make the Secret Service go, "Whoa, Marshall." The song was construed as a threat against the president, and immediately drew the unwanted attention of the alphabet boys. Eminem was briefly investigated, but no action was taken.
Offensive Rhyme: "Let the president answer a higher anarchy/ Strap him with an AK-47, let him go fight his own war/ Let him impress daddy that way."
After musing on a presidential assassination on the aforementioned "We As Americans," Slim Shady launched a full-on attack on Dubya via his 2004 single "Mosh." Eminem released a video for "Mosh" just prior to the 2004 presidential election, replete with images of Bush reading My Pet Goat on 9/11.
His goal was to drum up support for then-Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry. Ehnn... Kerry still got drubbed at the polls.