Like many people, Macklemore had a lot of things on his mind on Jan. 20 during the inauguration of the nation’s 46th president, Joe Biden. Luckily, he thought to hop into the studio and get it all down on tape in the form of his biting “Trump’s Over Freestyle.”
The scathing rejoinder to the outgoing president came with a side(eye) plate of thoughts for all the self-proclaimed woke warriors out there as well, and a warning that if you don’t like what Mack is laying down, well, go on, then.
“Now, all you high-fiving MAGA white boys drinking White Claws/ Care about your taxes more than human rights, sign off/ You no mask-wearing, big truck-driving, Blue lives matter/ Talking s–t about the riots/ Double standard once the white folks went and tried it,” he raps in the song over one of his signature horn-spiked, buoyant beats, joking at the top about a $50,000 bet that he could get the whole thing in one take. “‘They’re patriots,’ no, those are terrorists, Brian.”
And even as he was taking the red hat nation to task, Mack had a few choice words for the quiet liberals out there who hunkered in stillness during last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests against police violence. “And all you liberals out there being silent/ While Black people dying at the hands of police violence/ That care more about animal rights and recycling,” he says. “And bicycling and the climate and toothpaste with iron/ You, too, are complicit, you, too, getting brought up.”
But don’t worry — he didn’t give himself a pass, either, and does not care if his words offend you. “I’m white there with ya, silence on all us/ Comfy in my privilege, like, ‘Should I risk all this?’/ Yes, and if you think I care to lose you as a fan/ Peace out, b—h, you know exactly where I stand.”
The chorus, though, says it all. “Trump’s over, he lost (He lost)/ Social media kicked him off, he gone (He gone)/ Throw a party on the White House lawn, retire the liar/ Impeach that orange h-, so long (you’re fired)/ Trump’s over, he lost (he lost),” he rhymes, rolling past the former president’s booting from his favorite social media outlets in the wake of the violent insurrection by his followers during their attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which resulted in his historic second impeachment.
Alluding to the still fiercely divided nation, Macklemore goes on to state that “Biden my dog,” even if the country is still a mess as it reckons with the deadly pandemic, racial strife and an America he tags as “still armed, dumb and dangerous.”
Watch Mack’s freestyle below.