The insecurity Americans are feeling about the possibility of politically inexperienced, untrustworthy, billionaire Donald Trump becoming the next president of the United States leads Young Metro, Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla Sign and other hip-hop artists to use their stages to influence rap fans to participate in November’s election.
Super-producer Metro Boomin’s distrust for Donald Trump is so great that he is headlining his own Young Metro Don’t Trust Trump concert on November 4, 2016. Just four days before the presidential election, Metro Boomin along with 21 Savage will put on a show for fans who also don’t trust Donald Trump at the New York City Playstation Theater. Other than swaying rap followers to enlist their vote to keep Trump from becoming the next leader of the nation, the profits made by the concert will also benefit Metro Boomin’s college scholarship fund for one graduating St. Louis high school senior to attend Morehouse college, Young Metro’s alma mater. If you also don’t trust Trump, you can get your tickets to the concert here.
While Young Metro is getting people on board with not trusting Trump, Chance the Rapper is using his platform to encourage fans to #staywokeandvote by holding voter registration drives at some of the Magnificent Coloring World Tour concert stops. In partnership with the NAACP, Chance the Rapper wants to ensure that the young, minority demographic realizes the power in voting and exercises the right to do so this year.
Ty Dolla Sign and Vic Mensa also know how important the millennial vote will be in this year’s election. With a line up of other celebrity figures, singers and actors, Ty Dolla Sign and Vic Mensa appeared on MTV’s revived hour-long special event TRL aka “Total Registration Live” on National Voter Registration Day in September. Event attendees were encouraged by some of their favorite artists and celebrity personalities to register to vote on ElectThis.com, via text or Facebook Messenger through MTV’s partnership with HelloVote.
YG is spreading anti-Trump morale through the country and Canada on his Fuck Donald Trump Tour with RJ, Kamaiyah and Sadboy. At the kickoff of his Trump bashing concert series, Compton-bred YG invited fans on stage to destroy a Donald Trump piñata prior to performing a remix of his politically-charged anthem FDT, “Fuck Donald Trump.” YG will use his anthem and tour to motivate young fans to see the importance of their vote through the end of his tour on December 4, 2016.
Hip-hop’s political influence may have been initiated with the Obama administration in 2008, but this election season demonstrates that rap and hip-hop personas will continue to leverage their influence in politics long after Obama sadly leaves the White House this January.
How have these rappers' efforts convinced you that your participation in this election matters even with this round of substandard political candidates? Let us know in the comments below