As we mentioned earlier, two Baltimore musicians, rapper Son of Nun and riot folk artist Ryan Harvey, made the trip out to Cleveland to perform in opposition to Donald J. Trump. Son of Nun even gave Rep. Steve King the business after the Iowa congressman said white people are the "subgroup" that has advanced civilization.
Both musicians are part of Firebrand Records, a label Harvey co-founded with Rage Against the Machine/Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello, who was also performing in Cleveland. (Disclosure: Harvey and I went to high school together and are still friendly.)
Ahead of the RNC, Harvey released a music video for the finished version of 'Old Man Trump,' based on lyrics written—but never released—by folk legend Woody Guthrie.
As the Guardian notes, Harvey, Morello, and singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco worked to finish the song, which was originally about the racist policies of Guthrie's landlord at the time, Fred Trump, who just so happens to be Donald's father.
The video, however, is very much about Baltimore. It starts with a white landlord placing an eviction notice on the front door of a house in West Baltimore, down the street from the mural dedicated to Freddie Gray. After the African-American family that lives in the house comes to grips with the news, they visit the Right to Housing Alliance (which also receives a portion of the proceeds from the song.) A coalition of city residents end up on the porch of a different, older white dude and post a sign that reads "We're Not Leaving Our Home." In a nod to Guthrie, Harvey plays an acoustic guitar that has "This Machine Still Kills Fascists" written on it. Watch the full clip below:Copyright © 2019, Baltimore City Paper