If Lil Wayne Is Bill Clinton And Kanye West Is George Bush, Who Is Harry Truman?

The relationships between rappers and presidents have always been tenuous at best. Or at least so we thought. This week, there have been two incidents that have united the worlds of hip-hop and presidential politics in ways that nobody really saw coming. Earlier this week, George W. Bush declared that the moment that Kanye West announced "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a telethon was the lowest point of his presidency. West responded in typical fashion, saying that he related to Bush because they both have been under the same kind scrutiny.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton tipped his hat to Lil Wayne earlier this week in anticipation of the MC's release from Rikers Island. "This guy's smart. And he's got abilities," Clinton said. "And he's got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it'll never happen again to him."

Since Barack Obama has been so tightly associated with Jay-Z, that means that the past three presidents all have some sort of hip-hop association. But what about the other 41? Here are the rappers best associated with each of the previous Commanders-in-Chief.

George H.W. Bush

Lifelong insider. Sort of paranoid. From Texas. It has got to be Scarface.

Ronald Reagan

Artist who switched up his career later in life. Loved candy. Past work became much greater through the prism of his later work. Meet Will Smith.

Jimmy Carter

Bleeding heart whose work became far more significant after he left office. He's the presidential Chuck D.

Gerald Ford

Unfortunate insider forced to fill in for a departed figurehead. Never really given the chance to succeed. Poor Black Rob, who was supposed to be Bad Boy's next big thing after the death of Biggie Smalls and the incarceration of Shyne.

Richard Nixon

Accomplished great things before being derailed by legal trouble. Incredibly paranoid. Good with a catch phrase. If he isn't Mystikal, then he's nobody at all.

Lyndon Johnson

Power-monger. Secret Kennedy hater. Overweight. Hey look, it's Suge Knight!

John F. Kennedy

Young phenom cut down in his prime. Was supposed to be the future. Had a lot of trouble with women. Could it be anybody but the Notorious B.I.G.?

Dwight Eisenhower

Kindly war hero. Regularly considered great even though nobody can ever remember what he did in office. He's KRS-One.

Harry Truman

Lifelong underdog. Great touring presence. Famous for killer catch phrases. From Missouri. A bigger influence than you think he is. Hello Nelly!

Franklin Roosevelt

Social revolutionary. Larger than life figure. Overcame physical limitations. Created entire industries. Divided people for decades. F.D.R. is such a huge figure that he is all three members of the Beastie Boys.

Herbert Hoover

Despite initial enthusiasm, ended up mired in economic ruin. Doesn't that sound like MC Hammer?

Calvin Coolidge

From a wintry state. Almost heroically boring. Definitely Atmosphere's Slug.

Warren G. Harding

Got his money from publishing. Involved in multiple scandals. Generally forgotten by history. He's Benzino, the former co-owner of The Source and dis track MC.

Woodrow Wilson

Embroiled in international issues. Had a Ph.D. Mysterious. Possibly crazy. He's Kool Keith (also known as Dr. Octagon).

William Howard Taft

Fattest president in history. Rode a wave of success begun by a predecessor. Liked to make it rain. He's Fat Joe.

Theodore Roosevelt

Blustery personality. Impressive facial hair. It's Rick Ross!

William McKinley

Got shot at (was a Civil War veteran). Assassinated by an anarchist. Had the potential to be the greatest of all time. Some suggest he lived beyond his death. McKinley is the presidential Tupac.

Grover Cleveland

Served non-consecutive terms (meaning he peaked twice). Had a reputation for honesty (sometimes to a fault). From New Jersey. It's Lauryn Hill.

Benjamin Harrison

Dealt in big money (he pushed the federal budget past a billion dollars for the first time). Part of a family legacy. Undersized, which prevented a career in the NBA. He's Master P.

Chester A. Arthur

Wildly disliked at the beginning, respected and revered by the end. That kind of transition from confusion to reverence has only really been made by Mase.

James A. Garfield

Had a short run at the top (he died 200 days into his term). Possessed an epic beard. Wildly misunderstood. He's Freeway.

Rutherford B. Hayes

Seemed like a good idea at the time, was the victim of diminishing returns. Carried the banner of the past. He's the Game.

Ulysses S. Grant

Got famous because of a conflict. Wildly overrated. Meet Canibus.

Andrew Johnson

From North Carolina. Should have been more influential than he was. Liked to take his shirt off, twist it 'round his head and spin it like a helicopter. He's Petey Pablo.

Abraham Lincoln

Crossed cultural and racial lines to bring people together. Somehow always underrated despite his great success. Known for great debates (also known as "battles"). He's Eminem.

James Buchanan

From Pennsylvania. Kept the beat. Notoriously crazy hair. Say hi to Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.

Franklin Pierce

Considered one of the worst of all time despite the fact that nobody can remember anything he did. Set progress back a few years. Hate to say it, but he's Kevin Federline.

Millard Fillmore, Zachary Taylor, James K. Polk and John Tyler

Look, nothing happened with these guys. Everybody sort of tread water and were mostly no good at all. Still, they were winners, making them collectively the 1985 Chicago Bears.

William Henry Harrison

Disappeared before anybody ever got the chance to know him (he died 30 days into his term, having caught pneumonia during his inauguration). Any one-hit wonder is appropriate, but why not pile on to Yung Joc?

Martin Van Buren

Hardcore. Amazing hair. Charmingly odd. Nicki Minaj.

Andrew Jackson

Got shot and lived. Threw wild parties at the White House. Has to be 50 Cent (Jackson rode a horse through the White House during an inaugural ball, and you can bet that 50 has attempted that at his Connecticut estate).

John Quincy Adams

At the forefront of modernization. Kept working well after his presidency. Snappy dresser. He's Dr. Dre.

James Monroe

Beginning of his presidency was called — no kidding — the "Era of Good Feelings." Later undone by a financial crisis. Is it you, Method Man?

James Madison

Respected by insiders but generally underrated by the populace at large. Never had a great single moment, but did have an incredibly productive time in office. He's Rakim.

Thomas Jefferson

The first guy who really made the office what it is. Knew how to pull off crossover success. He's Run-DMC.

John Adams

Could have easily been first, and generally did it better. He's Grandmaster Flash.

George Washington

The first. The legendary. The one, the only Afrika Bambaataa.