Back in 2016, Los Angeles-based rapper YG released his song “F*** Donald Trump,” and four years later, it’s become the #1 song on iTunes as Biden campaign supporters took to the streets across America on Saturday to celebrate the election results.
Groups in Atlanta, New York, and YG’s hometown LA all were reported playing the song, with “FDT” even making its way inadvertently into the background of a CNN live broadcast.
Comments on the song’s (explicit) video on Saturday also reflected the news.
“everyone on earth blasting this on his way out,” one user wrote on Saturday, getting nearly 4,000 likes. Another wrote, “Who is here after Trump finally got Fired.” A third said, “Now that Trump lost the Election this song is our National Anthem.”
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The musician quickly took notice of people celebrating with the song, posting a dubbed video to show president-elect Biden bobbing along too.
If the title didn’t make things clear, the song is about how YG, as well co-performer Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed in 2019, both really don’t like Donald Trump.
The chorus consists of the two chanting, “F*** Donald Trump,” and at various points in the lyrics, they warn him not to come to Los Angeles, refer to him as a “cancer,” and muse about the Mexican drug lord El Chapo sniping the president.
The Obama administration inspired its fair share of music, too, though that was more mixed in terms of who it sided with.
The rapper Jeezy put out “My President” in 2009, celebrating Mr Obama’s achievement as the first black man in the White House.
Ray Stevens, meanwhile, released a country song called “You Didn’t Build That,” a reference to a comment Mr Obama made at a 2012 campaign event talking about how things like education and infrastructure helped entrepreneurs build their businesses.
Other recent hip-hop songs have responded to the political mood, with tracks like Beyoncé's “Formation” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” helping score Black Lives Matter protests, and Childish Gambino’s 2018 “This Is America,” featuring graphic shots of Black church singers being shot and other shocking images to reflect a surge in white supremacist violence.
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