The election season has come and gone, and after days of counting ballots, the end result showed Joe Biden as the winner of the Presidential race and his history-making running mate Kamala Harris as the Vice President-elect. Voter turnout was at its highest, and public figures of different walks of life did their best to motivate their followers to participate in the election as it was the most important in the history of the nation. Risking their popularity, celebrities shared their respective endorsements for either candidate and in particular, some rappers who expressed their support for Trump.
Donald Trump, who in the past has made his stance known on how he feels towards African-Americans from as early as his harsh comments surrounding the false accusation of the “Central Park Five”, to his feelings toward the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA., in 2017. Trump also believes that the “BLM” movement is a “symbol of hate”, among many other things in regards to Black and Brown people all over.
Yet that didn’t stop the outpouring of endorsements from the likes of Kanye West to Lil Pump (or Lil’ Pimp according to Trump), Lil’ Wayne to BlocBoy JB, and Ice Cube to 50 Cent (who later pulled his support back after the immense backlash, claiming that he was just joking). They’ve used their platforms to show their love for the soon to be former President and his policies, while some showed up in person at his rallies or at the White House for photo ops.
Ice Cube, once a member of the rap group N.W.A. and who also once named his 1990 debut album “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted,” came under fire for his decision to “advise President Trump” on how to connect with Black males, especially those who are dealing with economic inhibitions. Talks of a “Platinum Plan” began to arise where African American churches, businesses, and neighborhoods were promised a whopping sum of money in the amount of $500 billion to rebuild, reclaim, and restore the Black community.
His actions came under scrutiny from the majority of the public who became skeptical of his motives. Media personality Roland Martin also had a multitude of questions for the rapper. “I am 100% for Black folks making it clear that we are constituents who must be addressed by who is in power,” said Martin in one of his tweets. “But @icecube, you REALLY think you got Trump to agree to $500 billion when you said you never talked to him? Bruh, you talked to Jared Kushner.”
The only problem @icecube is that you didn’t get Trump to put $500 billion of capital in Black communities. It’s a lie. It’s ONE LINE on the cover sheet of his so-called Platinum Plan. No specifics. NOTHING. Bruh, you got played. 1/2 https://t.co/UXXfH1jfNM— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) November 5, 2020
The rapper also was subject to a photoshopped tweet sent out from the President’s son which showed a picture of himself sitting next to 50 Cent wearing “Trump 2020” hats. Twitter placed a “manipulative media” sticker on the tweet due to the image being photoshopped. However, Ice Cube also responded to Eric’s since deleted message with two words: “N—a please.”
Five days before the election, Lil’ Wayne shared an image of a photo op he had with Trump at the White House along with his endorsement.
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
Former President Barack Obama did an extensive interview with The Atlantic entitled “Why Obama Fears for Our Democracy,” where he shared his thoughts on why Trump received more votes in this year’s elections than in 2016, suggesting the comparisons of Trump’s success and what that looks like with Hip-Hop videos.
“It’s interesting—people are writing about the fact that Trump increased his support among Black men [in the 2020 presidential election], and the occasional rapper who supported Trump,” the former President 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.”
I guarantee if you took a poll of the black men who voted for Trump, the single most common phrase would be “Obama didn’t do anything for Black ppl” you may disagree with that assessment but to say it’s bc of rap music…🙃 https://t.co/0drqgkZzfI— 57% of union households voted Biden (@LonWishom) November 16, 2020
With all of the conversation surrounding the disappointment of rappers trying to persuade their followers to vote for Trump, coupled with what looks like selfish reasoning, one rapper has recently come forward with a message to them and the Black community as a whole following the election results. Seeing as though President Trump has yet to concede and utilizes his time to fight his loss, many are still on the Trump train with the belief that the election results are fraudulent.
Florida native and rapper Plies took to social media to express some gratitude towards Donald Trump, as he captioned his message “Thanks 45,” with laughing and winking emojis. “Black folk we should be thankful for Donald Trump for 1 thang,” the “Bust It Baby” rapper wrote. “Before him this country use [sic] to tell us we were over exaggerating about “racism”. In the last 4yrs his actions and his rhetoric has proved our point that “racism” in America is still live [sic] & well in this country!”
He continued, “Dear goon squad: moving forward we don’t want y’all music, movies, shoes, or nothing ya’ll associated with!!!! Ya’ll chose a side now stay there! See how many meetings he’ll take with y’all now!!!!”