Donald Trump’s Presidency Is Over. MAGA Rap Is Keeping His Legacy Alive.
If you don’t pay too much attention to the lyrics, there’s not much to distinguish the music video for the song “Gun Totin’ Patriot,” by rappers Bryson Gray and Forgiato Blow, from others of the same genre.
There are the big SUVs, even bigger guns, a healthy contingent of video hoes, a red “Make America Great Again” bucket hat on top of Gray’s head, a lifelike mannequin of former President Donald Trump in military fatigues…OK, it’s actually not much like your typical rap video.
Rather, you’re watching what might be considered the anthem for the niche subgenre (fans and performers might claim they’re a silent majority) of “MAGA rap”—a collection of Trump-worshiping artists who’ve come to life in YouTube videos and hours-long Spotify playlists. They’re only gaining steam in the aftermath of Trump’s failed reelection bid.
Musically, there’s not much to distinguish these MAGA rappers. The beats are all pretty generic. The use of autotune is generous. Instead, it’s the lyrics that really elevate the listening experience.
Your average MAGA rap track sounds like N.W.A. and OANN had a baby. The songs are dense with Trump-world conspiracy theories that only the really online will know about, served up alongside the standard mythology that fans of “45” are the real victims of censorship and oppression.
A representative snippet from “Gun Totin’ Patriot”:
This for free thinkers only you ain’t got no membership
They free General Flynn out the cage ’cause he innocent
Pardon Roger Stone cause the world know that he innocent
We need to kick out every single illegal immigrant
Mandatory voter ID laws we need to implement
Tell Jesse Smollett
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