Hip-hop is in a state of upheaval with the upcoming US election and it seems that the celebrities are starting to take their sides, whether It be for promotion or in actual support. It’s been jarring to see the range of celebrities that have shared their political interactions as of late, from the supporters of Democrats being thrown into handcuffs or major rappers coming out as Trump supporters — much to everyone’s surprise.
Earlier this week, the Get Rich or Die Trying rapper 50 Cent took to social media to encourage his followers to “Vote for Trump.” He posted a screenshot of a photo showing Biden’s plan, which he condemns because the plan raises tax rates for corporations, and for citizens whose income exceeds $400k annually.
“WHAT THE F—!” he said. “(VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT, F— NEW YORK,” adding “The KNICKS never win anyway.” Sharing that Trump’s alleged dislike for Black people doesn’t bother him, he continued, “I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people, 62% are you out of ya f—ing mind.”
While it’s unclear whether or not the rapper actually plans to vote for Donald Trump, he received a massive onset of criticism, but a wave of praise from Trump supporters all throughout social media, including from conservative Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren who commented “Welcome to the Trump Train! Amen!!!!”
He continued expressing his disapproval of Vice President Biden’s tax plan, criticizing it in yet another post on Twitter saying, “Yeah, I don’t want to be 20 Cent. 62% is a very, very, bad idea. I don’t like it!”
Just a few days ago, Ice Cube faced (and continues to face) heavy backlash for the announcement of his collaboration with Donald Trump on his “Platinum Plan,” which allegedly includes initiatives such as “neighborhoods with the highest policing standards” and replacing “failing schools.”
“Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America,” Ice Cube said during an interview with CNN. “One campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election. And one campaign said, ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t run to nobody.”
While 50 Cent’s support for the Trump campaign might need to be taken with a grain of salt, people were considerably more upset with Ice Cube, who then had to backtrack and say that he hasn’t endorsed anyone – but he’s also not backed down from any of his statements in the time since.
It looks like we an add Lil Wayne to the list of rappers who are now coming out in support of the Trump campaign – a mere days before the US election is to take place.
Much to the Internet’s surprise, Lil Wayne just tweeted a picture of himself posing with President Trump on his social media channels. Wayne also took a page from Ice Cube’s playbook and endorsed Trump’s “Platinum Plan.”
“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾”
See the tweet below.
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020