Many songs, albums, bands and performances have referenced Donald Trump or his various brands, including Trump Tower, his TV show, his hotel chain, and his casinos. Though recent songs refer to Trump's campaign and subsequent election as President of the United States, more than 200 songs refer to Trump prior to his successful presidential campaign between 1989 and 2013. With his victory in the 2016 presidential election, Trump's prominence in hip-hop music has been likened to that of Ronald Reagan's in hardcore punk during the 1980s.
Trump's name first appeared in hip hop lyrics during the 1980s when the business mogul became an icon of the ultra rich. Among the earliest mentions of Trump in rap lyrics was the Beastie Boys' track "Johnny Ryall" on the 1989 Paul's Boutique album, in which they contrast Donald Trump with his homeless alter-ego, Donald Tramp.
While many rappers praise Trump's wealth, usually comparing their own financial aspirations or success to that of the billionaire businessman, others have used their music as a platform to criticize Trump's practices and politics. Among the earliest of these was The Coup from Oakland, California, who critiqued and mocked Trump on their first two albums released in the early 1990s.
ESPN's political site FiveThirtyEight documented that between 1989 and 2014, 19% of song lyrics about Trump were negative while 60% were positive. The 2010s marked a left-leaning political shift in musicians' attitude toward Trump as his presence in the public eye changed from that of a business tycoon to a politician, particularly one known for making controversial statements. Because of hip hop's close association with minority communities and its reinvigorated politicization with the Black Lives Matter movement, lyrical depictions of Trump rapidly grew to be more disparaging throughout his campaign and subsequent election as President of the United States.
Many artists have name-checked Trump in more than one song. Pre-presidency, Rick Ross had the most Trump mentions (nine songs between 2008 and 2015) with Nas running second (seven songs between 1996 and 2012). Other major Trump name-checkers include Migos (six songs between 2013 and 2016), Young Thug (six songs between 2013 and 2015), Lil Wayne (five songs between 2000 and 2012) and Raekwon (five songs between 1995 and 2012).
A lot of people are calling me about the Mac Miller rap song. Now, it's named "Donald Trump." Maybe you should pay me a lot of money, but it just did over 20 million people, tuning into Mac Miller. So in one way, I'm proud of him. I haven't actually seen the language... Probably, it's not the cleanest language you've ever heard... But the "Donald Trump" song just hit over 20 million, that's not so bad. I'm very proud of him.
As the song garnered more plays, Trump took a more aggressive tone and demanded royalties for using his name, thereby starting a feud with Miller. In early 2013, Trump threatened the rapper via a series of exchanges on Twitter:
Little @MacMiller, you illegally used my name for your song “Donald Trump” which now has over 75 million hits.
I want the money not the plaque you gave me!
I’m now going to teach you a big boy lesson about lawsuits and finance. You ungrateful dog!
I have more hair than you do and there’s a slight age difference.
More recently, songs like "Fergus Laing" by English folk singer Richard Thompson present thinly veiled references to Trump without mentioning him by name, while songs like "Fucked Up Donald" by Canadian punk band D.O.A. are more direct. Many songs attack Trump by mocking his supporters through stereotypical portrayals of their views and lifestyles. Phoenix-based comedian Brian Nissen comedian stars as "Mullets Over America" spokesman Dwain in the music video "Make America Great Again", while Rocky Mountain Mike's cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man" remakes the lyrics to be about Trump, with the song's title alluding to the color of his skin. Sung from the perspective of a xenophobic Trump supporter, the song opens:
Hey Mr. Tangerine Man, build a wall for me
I'm not that bright and don't know that you're not going to
Hey Mr. Tangerine Man, keep Muslims away from me
With my jingoistic worldview, I'll come following you.
In June 2017, Compound Sound LLC released Trumped Music, a 32-minute album of eight songs which are Fair Use parodies of famous hit songs throughout the years. These songs are sung by impressionist Christopher John as 'Donald Trump', with several tracks also featuring impressionist Andrew Harris as 'Vladimir Putin'.
"Smart Like Einstein" by Little Charlie and the Nightcats (1993): "I was smart like Einstein, rich like Donald Trump".
The Coup's eponymous song from their debut album Kill My Landlord (1993): "Break yourself Bush, it's collection day / Break yourself Trump, it's collection day / Break yourself DuPont, it's collection day / You stole the shit from my great granddaddy anyway"
"Pimps (Free Stylin at the Fortune 500 Club)" by The Coup (1994): "Trump Trump check out the cash in my trunk/I am Donald Trump me think you mighta heard about me/How me last wife Ivana come and catch me money"
"211" by Master P (1994): "Put more cash in my pockets than Donald Trump"
"Incarcerated Scarfaces" by Raekwon (1995): "But yo, guess who's the black Trump?"
"Protect Ya Neck II The Zoo" by Ol' Dirty Bastard (1995): "Warning you chump, brain is out for lunch/Given the power punch, soon to be paid like Donald Trump"
"Money Talks" by Double X Posse (1995): "A bank account so fat that Donald Trump would wanna be me"
"Paid" by Kid Rock (1996): "I'd still be in the house getting paid like Trump"
"Three Strikes You In" by Ice Cube (1998): "I'm just tryin' to get rich like Trump" 
"Mafioso" by Kool G Rap (1998): "Can't stop until I got a casa up in Trump plaza"
"Trump Change" by E-40 (1998): "Trump change, I'm talking Donald Trump change / I'm talking Steve Wynn, I'm talking you know? E-Feezee"
"Tru Master" by Pete Rock (1998): "In hot pursuit of Donald Trump rap loot"
"Get Back" by Zebrahead (1998): "Got to get the dough like my man Donald Trump"
"Money Is My Bitch" by Nas (1999): "The best couple they seen since Trump and Marla Maples"
"Speed Law" by Mos Def (1999): “Rocked the Trump Tower to the terrordome”
"muzzle Toe" by Wu-Syndicate (1999): “It's reg or not, pockets love Trump Donald” 
"Love on Haight Street" by BT with Rasco and Fifty Grand (2000): "Took me twelve months to stack money in lumps / Far from livin' foul but further from Don Trump"
"Bad Boyz" by Shyne (2000): "What type of nigga stay in the Trump for weeks? (Bad Boyz)"
"Can I Live" by Cypress Hill (2001): "We tryna get money so we can be livin' like Trump"
"Hip Hop Quotables" by Ludacris (2003): "I buy cars with straight cash, have meetings with Donald Trump" 
"What More Can I Say" by Jay Z (2003): "I'm at the Trump International: ask for me I ain't never scared" 
"Playas Only" by R. Kelly (2005): "Bet she ain't never seen a penthouse at the Trump / Me and are been around the world and we'll give it to you just how you like it girl" Google Play. Retrieved February 16, 2017
"Thug Motivation 101" by Jeezy (2005): "I'm Donald Trump in a white tee and white 1's"
"Good Morning" by Cage (2005): "Donald Trump, shotgun pump, illegal store fronts"
"Shut Up Bitch" by Lil' Kim (2005): "I'm in the Trump International, 30 floors up (so high)"
"Campaign Speech" by Eminem (2016): "You say Trump don't kiss ass like a puppet / 'Cause he runs his campaign with his own cash for the funding / And that's what you wanted / A fucking loose cannon who's blunt with his hand on the button / Who doesn't have to answer to no one... great idea!"
"1st of The Month" by Fat Trel (2016): "Sleepin' in the Towers / Money fuckin' with Trump" 
"Heat" by Eminem: "Grab you by the *meow*, hope it's not a problem, in fact / About the only thing I agree on with Donald is that"
"Dining At The Trump" written by Cude & Pickens (2017) for the album Bobby Lee's Good American Musical Show. Bobby Lee Cude, Hard Hat Records, CEO
"Free Steven Avery (Wrong America)" by Cabbage: "Death to Donald Trump/ Death to Donald Trump/ There's something about politics in America/ Death to Donald Trump/ Death to Donald Trump/ There's something about politics in America..."
Pre-existing songs modified to be about Donald Trump
"Born to Die," a 1982 song by Millions of Dead Cops begins with the chant "No war! No KKK! No fascist USA!" The chant was ironically modified by American punk rock act Green Day at the 2016 American Music Awards to become, "No Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA!" from there, the chant was taken to the streets by anti-Trump protestors. Green Day later apologized for this.
"Fucked Up Donald" (2016) by Canadian punk band D.O.A. is based on their song "Fucked Up Ronnie" (1981).
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" a song by U2 contains the line "When fact is fiction and TV reality", but during U2's 2017 tour, Bono sung the lyrics "When fact is fiction and reality TV" in a reference to Trump's reality TV career.
While performing live at the Shoreline Amphitheater in 2017, Matt Bellamy of Muse prefaced their performance of "Take a Bow" by saying: "This next song was written back in 2006, I think. And I thought the president we had then was bad...but this song is much more relevant now than it was then."
"Control (Trump 45 Version)" by Dicepeople featuring The Brooklyn Foundation. In March 2018, London based dark electro band Dicepeople teamed up with Manchester's The Brooklyn Foundation for a remix of "Control", a track originally from Dicepeople's acclaimed 2011 album It Gets Darker. The new "Trump 45" version of the song was released exclusively as a new politically inspired video single.