In 1974, music legend Stevie Wonder released the track “You Haven’t Done Nothin’.” The song was charged with criticism for then-president Richard Nixon.
Nixon, the poster boy for political corruption, not only pulled off the Watergate Scandal, but he also created the war on drugs. Nixon’s domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman confirmed to Harper’s Magazine that the war on drugs was designed to target African Americans and hippies.
Despite Wonder’s song being 42 years old, it is just as relatable to today’s political atmosphere as it was 40 years ago. Because of that, a genius has taken the hit and remixed it to directly apply it to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In what will surely be considered the election anthem of 2016, someone mashed sound bites of Donald Trump, President Barack Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama, highlighting just how much the song relates to this election. Background vocals include singers singing, “Donald Trump, you haven’t done nothin’… …sick and tired.” Some of the bites also include Trump theorizing President Obama was from Kenya, Africa, asking the black community what the hell they had to lose, insulting their communities, and President Obama calling on voters to honor his legacy by voting to keep Trump out of the White House.
‘I will consider it a personal insult — an insult to my legacy — if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote.’
The remix is a funk testament to the fact that the ethics of politics has remained unchanged, full of racism, discrimination, and promises are simply just unanswered questions that will continue to remain unanswered. As Stevie Wonder brilliantly sang:
‘And we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
“You haven’t done nothing”!’
Wonder still has yet to comment on the remix; however, based on his support of Clinton, it’s reasonable to assume that he would approve. You can listen to the remix below.
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