Donald Trump is the walking, breathing, real-life version of Satan himself, and it appears Metro Boomin agrees.
To do his part, earlier today (September 21), Metro revealed that he’s throwing a Young Metro Don’t Trust Trump concert in New York, which will take place four days before the election, on November 4.
In a new interview with Complex, Metro explains the reasoning behind the event. "With the election coming, I think it's time to speak out,” he said, "So letting y'all know I don't trust him, you don't trust him and go ahead and celebrate that… With it so close to the election, I thought, let's have this concert and celebrate this and all agree that we can't have this guy as our President."
Kudos to the kid.
It’s great to see someone of Metro’s age (23) and stature use his clout to let other youths of the same generation—and the rest of the rap world—know that you can express your opinion on politics and remain hip.
He continues in the interview, “It's about setting trends, and I'm always about setting trends and I know I can be an influence and I'm just now realizing that,” adding, “Let niggas know it's cool, you can still be cool, and you don't have to be scared to speak up about political issues. The kids don't really know that.”
Metro plans to use the profits from the concert for a good cause. He’ll be setting up an annual scholarship where he’ll send a high school student from St. Louis to Morehouse College in Atlanta, the school Metro attended. Though he would eventually drop out of Morehouse, he’s certainly setting the example that education is key.
In the event that you're unsure why Metro doesn't trust Donald Trump, let's quickly review: He called all Mexicans “rapists,” and wants to build a wall to keep them out of the U.S. He wants to ban Muslims from entering America. He refuses to forsake the white supremacists who love him. And just last month, he tweeted a disgusting and disrespectful remark after Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot and killed in Chicago.
While trends always seem to move toward the dumbing down of listeners and fans, artists who gain influence have the ability to sway the next generation. Hip-hop luminaries have tried in past elections to encourage the younger generation to hit voting booths (who could forget Diddy’s Vote Or Die! movement?), but this election seems to have especially sparked the hip-hop community’s calls for action.
Metro isn't alone, either. Chance The Rapper recently teamed up with the NAACP to register voters at his upcoming shows, Vic Mensa offered his latest EP for free download if fans pledged to vote, and YG released a single named “Fuck Donald Trump” and subsequently brought audience members on stage to hit a Trump piñata. Rappers are letting the youth know that voting is important—and that Trump is a joke.
Superstar artists have influence, and the ability to sway the next generation’s thoughts and actions, which is particularly crucial right now. We need to keep Trump out of the White House at all costs, and Metro Boomin is the latest artist doing what he can to help do just that.
By Tara Mahadevan. Follow her on Twitter.
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