Lil Wayne is the latest hip hop figure to seemingly throw his support behind President Trump. The New Orleans based rap legend recently met with the President and tweeted a picture of the two. “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus,” he said in a tweet. “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.”
Lil Wayne does not frequently give media interviews or speak on political matters. He did, however, generate headlines when asked about racial issues on Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe’s ‘Undisputed’ back in 2016. “My whole path, these 33 years, have been nothing but a blessing. I have never, and never is a strong word, never dealt with racism and I’m glad I didn’t have to. And I don’t know if it’s because of my blessings but it is my reality,” he said when asked if he had ever experienced racism.
Wayne affirmed that he was speaking purely from personal experience throughout the interview. He later went on to talk about how he’s always drawn a diverse crowd at his shows. When asked about the popularity of rap music among younger whites, he took this as a sign of progress on racial issues. “I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism,” he said. “I thought that was a perfect example.”
“When I’m coming out the bottom of the stage at my show and I’m on tour, and I’m in my stance or whatever and I open my eyes, I see everybody. I don’t have a ‘this type of crowd’ or ‘that type of crowd’, my crowd has always been everybody. Thank god.”
He also angrily walked off an ABC interview after being asked questions about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lil Wayne joins a recent flood of hip hop artists either outright endorsing or giving props to President Trump. Lil Pump stated that he supported Trump in an interview while 50 Cent recently said to “vote for Trump” in an Instagram post. 50 Cent’s post was far from an endorsement, stating that he doesn’t care if Trump “don’t like black people” while praising Trump’s tax plan.
Trump also recently met with Ice Cube, who is one of the most politically active rappers of all time in addition to being a rap legend. Cube was clear that he wasn’t endorsing anybody, but stated that “speaking truth to power” meant reaching out to both sides of the aisle. “I don’t trust none of them,” he stated in a Twitter video.
Ice Cube has drawn the ire of Vineyard Vines type leftists more than once this election cycle. Just yesterday, Cube declined to do a zoom call with Kamala Harris. He stated that it wouldn’t be “productive” and that the conversation would just be a “rally call.”
Trump has been referenced in dozens of hip hop songs over the years, especially in the 90’s and 2000’s. Rappers only started to turn on him when he ran for President.
Like most Trump supporters, famous or not, all of the aforementioned artists have come under assault for their comments. Even half-assed endorsements from rappers in throwaway videos aren’t immune from the scorn of an internet activist in the Trump era.
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, nothing brings out elitist white leftists speaking for black people like the internet. Just ask this guy.