The 2016 presidential election is just a few short weeks away and on Monday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face-off in their first ever presidential debate.
Police brutality, criminal justice reform, and voting rights are just some of the national conversations candidates will have to address, which is why many entertainers are using their platform to express their frustrations and fears, political correctness be damned.
King of the South
After receiving heat for comments that the world wasn’t ready for female president, T.I. threw his support behind Bernie Sanders touting this to his millions of followers. Recently, T.I. is reeling at Trump’s apparent pandering to minority votes, going in on Don King or as TIP calls him, “Uncle Ruckus in real life,” a reference to the self-loathing character from Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks.
YG’s politically charged anthem “F*** Donald Trump” has been the unofficial response to anyone who dare start their sentence with as horrifying a phrase as, “If Trump wins.”
At a concert earlier this month YG invited fans on stage allowing them to f*** up a Donald Trump pinata ahead of his performance of the remix which features Macklemore and G-Eazy.
Young Metro Don’t Trust Trump
One of the hottest producers in the game today, Metro Boomin is using his cult like following for a cause announcing the "Young Metro Don't Trust Trump" concert at the Playstation Theater in New York City on Nov. 4, four days before the election. 21 Savage will also join in on the anti-Trump festivities.
Proceeds from the event will go towards a new scholarship fund launched by Boomin to send a St. Louis high school graduate to Morehouse College in Atlanta, the same path he took which led him to produce smash hits for the likes of Future and Drake.
Stay Woke and Vote
Chance The Rapper is teaming up with the NAACP this fall to register potential voters at a series of the Chicago rapper’s concerts across the nation as part of the #StayWokeAndVote campaign.
“This year, more than it has in a generation, we must use the power of our voices and our votes and exercise our sacred right to vote.” Stephen Green, director of the NAACP Youth & College said in a statement announcing the voter registration drive. For the full tour schedule click here.
While performing songs from his Platinum selling album 2014 Forest Hills Drive as the headliner at the Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas, Cole shouted out, “FDT!” during a rendition of “No Role Modelz” featuring a live band.
Photo via Terrell Young
An early Hillary Clinton supporter, Snoop Dogg headlined the Unity Concert at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in support of the nominee.
Make America Wavy Again
Los Angeles native Ty Dolla $ign met up with fans at his pop-up shop ahead of his sold out “Dolla Day” concert happening Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium. The patriotic-themed event celebrates the release of Campaign, his 16-track mixtape which dropped with rave reviews.
“Dolla Day” is hosted in partnership with the Hip Hop Caucus' Respect My Vote campaign, which aims to get fans of hip-hop culture more politically involved. To the artists encouraging voters to stay home, Ty tells us that’s a dickhead move. “You can say stay home and Trump is going to be president. It’s an easy call, let’s go people!” So register to vote, cause Zaddy said so!
Hold Your Vote
Earlier this year at the Democratic National Convention, we introduced you to voters who offered an unpopular alternative to Clinton and Trump: stay home. With the election just weeks away, influential artists ranging from Killer Mike to Diddy have echoed this sentiment
Killer Mike told TMZ he doesn’t think either candidate is fit to be president, while Diddy suggested as a community, black people should refrain from voting.
"I honestly think that heat has to be turned up so much that as a community we have to hold our vote," Diddy said in an MSNBC interview with Al Sharpton. "Don't pacify yourself. Revolutionize the game. Make them come for our vote. It's a whole different strategy. I think we need to hold our vote. I don't believe any of them."