As Yoh so recently laid out, hip-hop's had a long and complicated relationship with presidential elections, most powerfully coalescing around the first election of Barack Obama and then splintering off again - many of the younger generation's most powerful voices don't believe in voting at all. But if hip-hop appears to be politically uniting around anything in the run up to the 2016 national election, it's that they really, really don't want to see Donald Trump elected president.
Mac Miller has hip-hop's longest running fued with the Donald. After Trump threatened to sue Miller for using his name in his hit song "Donald Trump," which is absurd, Miller's blasted him repeatedly on Twitter, and he upped the ante in a recent appearance on The Nightly Show.
Then this past Saturday, Thomas DiMassimo rushed Trump's stage and was predictably hammered by security, which to be clear is a pretty stupid thing to do. But when word got out that DiMassimo was wearing a Dreamville shirt at the time, J. Cole's manager, Ibrahim Hamad, promised to replace the shirt plus much more.
And when protesters recently crashed the Trump rally in Chicago, Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" became their victory anthem:
Add in T.I.'s recent vow to fight Trump until his last breath, Killer Mike's "fuck Trump" slogan, John Legend outright calling him a racist and a host of others, and it feels like there's some very real momentum building against Trump, inside and outside the hip-hop community.
On the flip side, both Chingy and Azealia Banks have said they're voting for Trump, although I haven't been able to comprehend anything Banks writes in a long time, and Chingy later rescinded his endorsement of Trump, saying he wasn't aware of Trump's views on minorities, which is like drinking water without being aware that it's wet.
I don't expect any rapper to sway someone's vote, and I certainly don't expect anyone to be influenced by a rap blogger's thoughts on politics. But whoever you decide to vote for, or if you decide to vote at all, just be sure you make your decision with a clear head and a full heart. The only way things will ever change is if we stop voting out of a place of fear and hate.