Rapper Everlast had some choice words for GOP front-runner Donald Trump recently, and unlike his award-winning hits, they were not heavy on rhyme and meter. Instead, they were dripping with contempt for the leading Republican along with a warning to the notoriously litigious businessman that he could soon find himself in the midst of legal proceedings. Trump has been using House of Pain’s 1992 hit song “Jump Around” at campaign events, a development that doesn’t sit well with Everlast, who wrote the song and performed the original version when he was part of the group.
According to a report by Rolling Stone, Everlast told Billboard that he became aware that the Trump campaign was using his song when a fan notified him via Twitter, adding that the use was completely unauthorized.
“The smartest businessman in the world should know that you have to license this music if it makes an appearance on TV with you, and they’re making appearances on TV — so you’re a moron,” Everlast said.
Later in the interview, he referred to the Republican candidate as a “f***ing racist piece of s**t” and joked about Trump’s infamous hairdo, calling it a “combover.”
Everlast, whose real name is Erik Schrody, also fired off a tweet at the prominent Republican warning him of impending legal action.
“Hey [Donald Trump], stop using my song jump around at your rallies you piece of s**t,” Everlast posted. “Cease and desist is coming, you scumbag.”
In addition to being a chart-topping single in 1992, House of Pain’s “Jump Around” was named as one of VH1’s “Top 100 Songs of the 1990s,” as noted in a list re-posted by Democratic Underground.
The situation with Everlast is at least the fifth such incident for Trump this election cycle. According to a list published by Gawker, Neil Young enjoined The Donald to stop playing “Rocking in the Free World” at events. Alle Willis made the same request after Trump’s played his Karate Kid theme “You’re the Best” at rallies. Steven Tyler also asked Trump to stop playing the Aerosmith tune “Dream On” and R.E.M. told the billionaire to quit using their hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It.”
It’s not just Donald Trump who has drawn the ire of musicians over unauthorized use of performances at rallies. Dropkick Murphys reached out to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker via social media, telling him in no uncertain terms that they did not want him using any of their music at his events. In past elections, Sting objected to Al Gore’s use of his song “Brand New Day” as a campaign theme and Barack Obama was asked to stop playing “Hold On, I’m Coming” at events. In one of the more famous flaps between a musician and a politician, rock icon Bruce Springsteen asked Ronald Regan to refrain from using “Born in the U.S.A.” as part of the incumbent’s 1984 campaign for reelection.
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) January 25, 2015
While it is not the biggest of his worries at the moment, Donald Trump’s scathing rebuke from Everlast is another embarrassment in a recent series of missteps and controversies. Early last week, his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery as the result of a previous run-in with Brietbart reporter Michelle Fields. Donald Trump also faced backlash from both sides of the political spectrum after saying that women who have abortions should be punished in the event that the medical procedure is outlawed. Although he remains the GOP front-runner in national polls, Donald Trump’s national numbers have started to slide, and polling data from Real Clear Politics indicates he is trailing rival Ted Cruz in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary election.
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