Donald Trump, for some reason, has become a symbol of wealth when it comes to music and his name gets thrown around a lot. The Huffington Post even did a piece documenting Donald Trump references going back twenty-five years. Twenty-five years! The question in the air would be why him? The big reason is because almost everyone can recognize the name. Donald himself made sure of it by naming an entire building after himself. He’s amassed a great deal of wealth and is not shy about it to the point of making statements about just how rich he is. I can only assume that this high level of status and notoriety is what people are drawn to. At least before the whole thing about him being an obvious racist came to light. Some works aren’t just mentions, he’s the theme of the entire song. So here’s what five artists have to say about him.
Mac Miller – Donald Trump
“Take over the world when I’m on my Donald Trump shit / Look at all this money, ain’t that some sh*t?”
The song’s all about making it big and rolling in that money. Like Donald Trump. This was before his Presidential run so there were no references to building a wall along the Mexican border and no word on whether or not Mac Miller will do a Donald Trump 2.0.
Rae Sremmund – Up Like Trump
“Forbes list, Forbes/ Read it like the bible/ Up like Donald Trump”
Hey do you know what this song’s about? If you guessed money, then you’re bang on. There’s even a line about his ATM going crazy because of all the cash in his account.
Young Thug feat. Birdman – Constantly Hating
“I’ve seen more holes than a golf course on Donald Trump’s course.”
I’m pretty sure that one’s pretty self explanatory. If you don’t know, then you have a cleaner mind than I ever will.
Young Jeezy feat Birdman – Trump
“Richest n—- in my hood: call me Donald Trump/ The type that count my money while I smoke a blunt. “
Money. Sweet. Got it.
Kanye West feat. CyHi the Prynce, Jay-Z, Pusha T, RZA, and Swizz Beatz – So Appalled
“I’m so appalled / Spalding ball / Balding, Donald Trump taking dollars from y’all.”
In putting this together, I’m reminded of those commercials for toothpaste where four out of five dentists approve of its cleaning power because it looks like four out of five rappers approve of Donald Trump. That’s strange considering how one sided that admiration is. Stevio Williams from The Daily Beast goes into a lot of detail to ask the big question, why though?
“In this era of high-profile black wealth, maybe young emcees would do better to give props to the Michael Jordans and Oprah Winfrey’s of the world. Maybe these artists should find wealthy and accomplished individuals who at least come from where they came from and turn them into cool catchphrases and song hooks. They can do better by recognizing those people, first and foremost.”
I’ll be upfront in saying that I’m not fully equipped for this conversation as this is from a view from the outside looking in. Maybe there’s more to it than I’m seeing but from what I can gather it’s a little strange to have such high opinion of someone who has such a low of opinion of everyone. Maybe it’s not the person that’s admired, it’s the quality of his life. If that’s the case, Williams does have a point in that there are way better examples out there.