Eminem "We As Americans" (2004)
Producer: Eminem, Luis Resto
Album: Encore (Deluxe Edition)
Eminem isn't a political person, but sometimes he became a political rapper. Unlike most rappers, who barely even acknowledged things like the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Em had a field day pointing out the hypocrisy of grandstanding politicians who wanted to take him to task for cursing too much. But he got a lot more pointed on his fourth album, Encore. It features his most straight up political song, "Mosh," but the bonus disk included "We As Americans"—a song about, of all things, the Second Amendment.
After pleading guilty to possession of a concealed weapon and assault, Em got two years probation in 2001 which must have inspired bars like, "They took away my right to bear arms/What I'm 'posed to fight with bare palms?" The lines that really got him in trouble came during the second verse when he claimed, "I don't rap for dead presidents; I'd rather see the President dead/It's never been said, but I set precedents" which actually lead to a Secret Service investigation (though they admitted it wasn't a big deal). Still, it was ironic Em would rally against Bush but also rap about gun rights as the GOP has made defending the Second Amendment a part of their platform for years. —Insanul Ahmed