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Snoop Dogg carried on a long tradition of musicians roasting U.S. presidents earlier this week when he dropped the video for “Lavender” starring a man dressed up as a clown version of Donald Trump… who is then shot in the head with a fake gun by Snoop himself (and, no, the president is not happy about it). Here, we look back at 16 songs that called out presidents, ranging from Stevie Wonder criticizing Richard Nixon in 1974’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” to Lily Allen directing a simple “F— You” at George W. Bush in 2004. Listen and read along below.

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“You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” Stevie Wonder (1974)
The ‘70s funk track takes aim at Richard Nixon, who resigned over the Watergate scandal two days after the song’s release in 1974. (Good job, Stevie!) Wonder pleads for truth and sings about being sick of listening to politicians’ lies, all set to the backdrop of an uptempo beat. Then the catchy Jackson Five-sung chorus kicks in, inviting the audience to dance along as they support the song’s political statement. The lesson here? With Michael Jackson and co. on the chorus, you can take on any tyrant. —Ruth Kinane

“Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man),” Randy Newman (1974)
“Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man),” off 1974’s Good Old Boys, is a direct call-out to Nixon, whose presidential term ended the month prior to the release. With a verse like, “Maybe you’re cheatin’ / Maybe you’re lyin’ / Maybe you have lost your mind / Maybe you only think about yourself,” Newman is referencing Nixon’s notorious history with “the truth.” The song as a whole alludes to the 1973 oil crisis and its consequences, as Newman is asking Nixon to help those who suffered financially as a result with lyrics like “It’s getting hard to make a living” and “People everywhere are running out of money.” —Jami Ganz

“Rockin’ in the Free World,” Neil Young (1989)
The Canadian rock legend had an extensive first act railing against the president of his adopted country, taking on Richard Nixon in 1970’s “Ohio” and mocking the politician days after he resigned with “Goodbye Dick,” which he played during an August 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young concert. But 1989’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” released less than a year after George H.W. Bush took office, may be Young’s political high-water mark. He doesn’t utter the president’s name on the caustic track, but Bush is unmistakably his subject: “We got a kinder, gentler machine gun hand,” Young snarls, mocking Bush’s hollow 1988 campaign pledge to bring about a “kinder, gentler nation.” —Eric Renner Brown

“Ronnie, Talk to Russia,” Prince (1981)
One of the iconic musician’s first forays into politics, off 1981’s Controversy, is blunt in its criticism of Ronald Reagan. “Ronnie, talk to Russia, before it’s too late,” Prince sings, “before they blow up the world.” His plea — which contains the clever wordplay “You go to the zoo, but you can’t feed guerillas” — arrived months into Reagan’s first term, as Cold War tensions between America and the U.S.S.R. heightened. —ERB

“American Idiot” and “Holiday,” Green Day (2004)
Though “American Idiot” and “Holiday” are the only American Idiots tracks directly linked to the political atmosphere of the early 21st century, the band pulled no punches with either: Four-time Grammy-nominated “American Idiot” targets the more gullible sect of the population, specifically focusing on propaganda, while “Holiday” has been described by Billie Joe Armstrong as the band’s way of saying “f— you” to George W. Bush. —JG

“Mosh,” Eminem (2004)
The rapper’s protest song not only featured lyrics as inflammatory as “Stomp, push shove, mush / F— Bush! / Until they bring our troops home,” but it had an accompanying politically charged video to boot. The animated and apocalyptic clip features a soldier returning from Iraq to his family only to be sent back to the war thanks to the younger Bush’s decision to deploy more troops to the area during his presidency. The video ends with a group of protestors (including Eminem) yelling at the then-president. Gloomy, yes, but it certainly sent a clear message to participate in politics by voting — and unleashed a roaring rallying cry to bring the country’s troops home. —RK

“When the President Talks to God,” Bright Eyes (2005)
Frontman Conor Oberst imagines what would go down in a conversation between Bush and God in this “First Day of My Life” B-side, which features scathing lyrics like, “Does he ask to rape our women’s rights and send poor farm kids off to die?” “I was extremely angry after Bush got re-elected,” Oberst told Vanity Fair in 2011. “The whole point was to have like a commercial more than it was a song — I don’t think it’s a particularly good song. But just to say something that needed to be said.” —Ariana Bacle

“Dear Mr. President,” Pink (2006)
Pink teamed up with the Indigo Girls for the dejected “Dear Mr. President,” a stripped-down, guitar-driven song that questions Bush’s policies and actions with lyrics like, “What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away? / And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?” She also takes a shot at the president’s partying past, belting, “You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.” —AB

“F— You,” Lily Allen (2009)
Allen’s ironically peppy song, which you might have caught in an Avenue Q-esque cover during the first Pitch Perfect film, has been described by the singer as targeting “George W. Bush, who, by the way, I’m quite happy isn’t president anymore.” She made that proclamation during a 2009 concert in Los Angeles, where the song’s chorus — “F— you very much” — was met with supportive middle fingers from the crowd. —JG

“Donald Trump,” Mac Miller (2011)
Miller’s “Donald Trump” dates from the era before Trump’s every tweet was a national news story, when the current president was just starting to get involved in politics. While Miller made sure to emphatically distance himself from Trump’s then-ongoing “birther” crusade against Barack Obama, the song itself is light on political criticism, and never even mentions Trump’s name outside the chorus. It is, instead, a perfect encapsulation of how Trump has existed in pop culture over the last few decades: a famous name, a glitzy brand that marked wealth and excess. Trump’s whole problem with the song, in fact, seemed to center on Miller using his name in this way without permission. It is a powerful brand, after all — powerful enough to get Mac Miller on the Billboard 100 chart and Donald Trump in the White House. —Christian Holub

“Words I Never Said,” Lupe Fiasco (2011)
Rappers didn’t always know what to make of Obama. The politician drew cheers by quoting Jay Z during his 2008 campaign, and Young Jeezy later celebrated Obama’s historic victory in that race with the jubilant “My President.” But as Obama’s term went on and it became clear he was going to perpetuate the War on Terror and other Bush-era policies rather than end them, more and more rappers became bolder in their criticism. On this 2011 track, Lupe called Obama out for his foreign policy (“Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say s— / That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either”), while the music video portrayed a gagged culture that prohibited meaningful criticism of the country’s “cool” president. Lupe later tried to play this song live at an inaugural event for Obama’s 2012 re-election and got pulled off the stage — essentially proving the entire point of the song and video. —CH

“Reagan,” Killer Mike (2012)
Years after his death, Reagan remains a powerful figure in American politics. Conservatives worship him, but even Democratic Party leaders like Obama discuss Reagan approvingly in speeches and campaigns. Killer Mike takes a buzzsaw to all of that. On this unforgettable cut from his 2012 comeback album R.A.P. Music, Mike destroys the Reagan myth, reminding listeners of the immiseration and devastation that the so-called “Great Communicator” inflicted on America’s inner cities and most vulnerable populations. But Mike doesn’t stop there; by the end of the song, he’s indicted Reagan’s presidential successors like Obama and the Bushes by name for the same crimes. —CH 

“Obama,” Anohni (2016)
As a means of aligning herself with the ACLU’s efforts to commute the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, Anohni released “Obama” and penned a letter to the president, urging him to help Manning. In her note, she noted that failing to do so would “send the final message to our nation that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage in these unforgiving United States.” Her song’s lyrics, such as “When you were elected / The world cried for joy / We thought we had empowered / The truth-telling envoy,” allude to the hope many carried into the Obama administration, yet seem to have lost during its course. —JG

“FDT,” YG (2016)
Trump came into the 2016 presidential campaign swinging. He quickly made it clear he was prepared to denigrate and mock anyone who stood in his way, from Mexican immigrants to John McCain. It didn’t take long for pop culture to start hitting him back: YG’s single “FDT” was about as succinct a statement of animosity as any Trump opponent could hope for. Although YG had specific criticisms to make (“black students, ejected from your rally, what?”), he couldn’t stop himself from telling Trump that, simply, “I really don’t like you!” —CH

Lavender (feat. Kaytranada & Snoop Dogg),” BadBadNotGood (2017)
Snoop’s fresh verses complete “Lavender,” a collaboration between BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada originally released as an instrumental last year. But while the cut’s music video explicitly takes on the president, with Snoop holding a fake gun to the head of one Ronald Klump, its lyrics tackle broader grievances, like mass incarceration and the case for reparations. Still, Snoop’s refusal to utter Trump’s name didn’t stop the sitting president from tweeting that the “failing” rapper would’ve faced “jail time” had he released such a video about Obama. —ERB 

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