I can think of a lot of songs Donald Trump could use for his rallies - "Accidental Racist" seems like it would be his jam, Nipsey Hussle just released a delighful new offering for the Donald - but I didn't see House of Pain's "Jump Around" coming. After all, it's a song that includes references to the police as pigs and smacking hos doesn't exactly scream conservative crowd pleaser.
And yet, here we are.
I was confused by choice at first, but when House of Pain's Everlast heard of Trump's selection, he broke things down perfectly. As he told Billboard in an impressively obscenity-laden explanation:
"That's hip-hop, man, that is black culture - what the fuck do you think you're doing with it? That's what he's trying to do: One of the most well-known white hip-hop groups... they're not stupid, the people around him. They're trying to create these inroads to people's demographic cubbyholes, so they can be like, 'Yeah, we're down with hip-hop. Yeah, we're fucking cool. Fuck that dude."
Everlast went on to promise that he wouldn't sue Trump for using the song, that'd be a "scumbag move," but he did threaten to "smack that fucker's comb-over right off his fucking scalp. Like, for real, if I met Donald Trump, I'd punch him in his fucking face." It's a threat that would likely get Everlast stomped out by the Secret Service like this guy, but hey, he might get a free Dreamville t-shirt out of the whole thing, which would be nice.
By Nathan S, the managing editor of DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.