How Donald Trump fell out with hip-hop stars, except for Eminem – some of his biggest and pettiest disses recalled
From crossing Snoop Dogg after he backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election to saying he drew bigger crowds than either Jay-Z or Beyoncé, the US president has not held back – but Eminem gets a pass
Just call him commander-in-beef.
US President Donald Trump’s latest argument involves Jay-Z, following the rapper’s “superbug” dig.
“Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Jay-Z is hardly the first hip-hop artist to face Trump’s wrath; in fact, the president has been quarrelling with big-name artists since before he decided to dabble in politics.
Take a look back at some of the president’s pettiest public disses.
Trump and Snoop Dogg’s relationship wasn’t always bad – in fact, the rapper appeared on a 2007 episode of The Apprentice and took part in Trump’s 2011 Comedy Central roast.
“Donald’s saying he wants to run for president and move into the White House. Why not? It wouldn’t be the first time you’ve pushed a black family out of their home,” Snoop said at the roast.
The relationship soured after Snoop Dogg backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and it reached its climax in March last year, when the rapper released a music video for his track Lavender that featured him aiming a toy pistol at a clown-faced character named Ronald Klump.
Trump quickly hit back – on Twitter, of course – writing: “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!”
Like Diet Coke, Trump has shown an obsession with Mac Miller and his 2011 track Donald Trump.
Though Miller released the track as nothing more than a shout-out to Trump and his wealth, The Donald became fixated on the tune, tweeting dozens of times about the music video’s view count and his take that he deserved royalties.
“The song Donald Trump hits 54 million views. @MacMiller – Where’s my money?” he wrote in 2012, and then a month later, “Rapper @MacMiller’s song ‘Donald Trump’ now has 57 million hits – I created another star – where’s my cut?”
Miller even earned himself a Trump Twitter nickname – Little Mac Miller – as Trump’s tweets became more and more aggressive and he threatened to sue.
“Little @MacMiller, I’m now going to teach you a big boy lesson about lawsuits and finance. You ungrateful dog!” he wrote. “Little @MacMiller – I have more hair than you do and there’s a slight age difference.”
Unsurprisingly, Miller isn’t crazy about the man who told him to “kiss my ass” on social media – during Trump’s 2016 campaign, Miller called him “an egomaniacal, attention-thirsty, psychopathic, power-hungry, delusional waste of skin and bones”.
Trump’s issues with Jay-Z are a family affair – he is also got it out for the rapper’s wife, Beyoncé.
Back in 2013, Trump expressed his disapproval of Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time show during a call to The Howard Stern Show.
“When Beyoncé was thrusting her hips forward in a very suggestive manner, if someone else would have done that it would have been a national scandal. I thought it was ridiculous … I thought it was not appropriate,” he said.
“There’s been no mention of it [in the press]. So, obviously, it must not have been so bad. She gets a pass.”
Trump also seemed to take issue with the fact that both Beyoncé and Jay-Z were vocal supporters of Clinton. “Beyoncé and Jay-Z, I like them. I get bigger crowds than they do. It’s true. I get far bigger crowds,” he told a rally in North Carolina.
Eminem sure doesn’t love the way Trump lies – or anything else about him, for that matter. “I hesitate to say I have hatred in my heart for him, but it’s serious contempt. I do not like the guy,” the rapper told Billboard recently.
“I know that Hillary had her flaws, but you know what? Anything would have been better. A f***ing turd would have been better as a president.”
The Lose Yourself rapper has made his disdain for Trump well known; in October, he blasted the president in a freestyle rap at the BET Awards, tearing into his attacks on the NFL and his poor response to the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.
Curiously, Trump has yet to take public aim at Eminem for his many insults. Activist DeRay Mckesson and others believe race contributed to Trump lashing out at Jay-Z but ignoring Eminem’s attacks.
“I wonder why Trump has never responded to Eminem’s comments. I mean, I actually know why just like everyone else does,” Mckesson wrote on Twitter.