Stevie Wonder—the man, the myth, the legend—is responsible for the election anthem of 2016, and he doesn’t even know it yet.
The audio to a remix of Wonder’s 1974 hit “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” has been leaked. This time, however, instead of calling out former President Richard Nixon for his racism and corruption, the funk classic squarely takes aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Click play: “You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (Election 2016 Mix)”:
The recording wizardry that made this happen is unclear, so there’s no way to know if Wonder is even aware that his politically charged song has taken on new life. Background vocals and quotes from first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and Trump are layered over the track, but Wonder’s lyrics remain untouched.
That Wonder’s words stand the test of time so exactly shows that the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Nixon is not known only for the Watergate scandal; his Southern strategy laid the groundwork for the Republican Party as it stands today. He is also the original architect of the war on drugs, which has, of course, gone on to decimate large swaths of black and Latinx communities exactly as intended—with both Democrats and Republicans in leadership.
According to former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman, “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people.”