Former President Barack Obama made a surprising comparison between Hip Hop and Donald Trump’s career.
In an exclusive interview for The Atlantic, 59-year-old Barack Obama spoke about the recent election. He touched on the popularity of Donald Trump with certain artists. Towards the end of the 2020 presidential campaign, support for Donald Trump gathered speed. Surprisingly, Hip Hop artists such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Kanye West all endorsed Trump’s campaign.
Along the campaign trail, Trump stirred up controversy, leaving a ticket at the vice presidential debate for Tupac Shakur. Disappointed with Trump, Tupac’s stepbrother Mopreme Shakur spoke about the “Clearly disrespectful” comments. He said: “We should know Trump’s lack of respect for the Black and brown community.” (View: Tupac’s Brother Says Trump Should Release Mutulu Shakur From Prison)
As a result of the endorsements, Donald Trump received more votes from Black male voters in 2020 than Barack Obama in the 2016 election. With this in mind, the 44th president of the United States gave his opinion on why this happened. Linking the Hip Hop industry and Trump’s presidency, Obama partly blames the music genre for increased support.
“It’s interesting—people are writing about the fact that Trump increased his support among Black men and the occasional rapper who supported Trump,” he said. “I have to remind myself that if you listen to rap music, it’s all about the bling, the women, the money. A lot of rap videos are using the same measures of what it means to be successful as Donald Trump is. Everything is gold-plated. That insinuates itself and seeps into the culture.”
Previously Barack Obama has championed Hip Hop, not only as a genre but for the movement. Most notably, during his time in office, Obama gave tremendous amounts of respect to Hip Hop. He quoted Jay-Z‘s and Kanye West in speeches and released playlists that included Nas, Mos Def and Method Man. Nevertheless, the fact that Barack Obama sees a connection between Hip Hop and the popularity of Donald Trump might ruffle a few feathers within the Hip Hop industry.