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Rap legend Lil Wayne recently set social media on fire and it had nothing to do with a hot new featured verse or the announcement of a new project. The multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning emcee tweeted a photo of him and Donald Trump after an alleged meeting to discuss Trump’s agenda for Black America upon being re-elected.
Wayne rocked his best patriotic outfit, flashed a grill-less grin in the photo op and lavished Trump with praise in the caption:
“Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.”
With less than a week from Election Day and after more than 60 million Americans have voted early, Trump is attempting a hip-hop Hail Mary play to increase support among Black voters and is opening the doors of the Oval Office to rap’s elite. But here’s the problem for his campaign: they are amplifying any support offered by any Black celebrity irrespective of how Black America views the celebrity they are propping up.
There is nothing politically astute about Lil Wayne and there never has been. Is he one of the most revered hip-hop artists of all time? Yes. Has he displayed an incredible work ethic that has kept him afloat for over two decades in the ever-evolving rap industry? Absolutely.
Is Wayne known for making socially conscious music, being politically engaged, or advocating for the advancement of Black people? Hell nah. This is where Trump’s meeting with him and him parroting some bullshit about Trump’s criminal justice reform and “Platinum Plan” is, as the kids say, “cap.”
Similar to 50 Cent, who supported Trump’s re-election as a means to keep his taxes lowered, Wayne’s newfound attention to presidential politics appears to be steeped in capitalism. I would not be surprised if the Trump campaign is shelling out payments for these rapper co-signs.
After all, this is the same Dwayne Michael Carter who has spoken ill of the Black Lives Matter movement, distastefully referenced a civil rights icon in a rap lyric, and generally has shown no regard to anything outside of rapping, skateboarding, styrofoam cups of codeine.
But now, all of a sudden, he’s a political pundit? Sorry Tunechi, we don’t believe you. You need more people.
About the Author
Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be.