In the latest episode of trying our hardest to separate the artists from their art, we saw another rap legend giving praise to President Donald Trump. This time it was none other than Dwayne Michael Carter aka Lil Wayne, aka Weezy F. Baby and the F stands for Fuckin up this election.
The Holly Grove rap god appeared to endorse the presidential incumbent after a meeting between the two took place in Miami. On Thursday night, Wayne tweeted, “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.”
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. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
The “platinum plan” to which Weezy is referring is the President’s latest plan for winning over Black Americans’ votes. It hinges on the four pillars of opportunity, security, prosperity, and fairness. Including such promises as making Juneteenth a federal holiday and prosecuting the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations.
Carter’s tweet was hardly a surprise. He said in a 2016 interview regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothing to do with me.” That same interview included his shamefully meme-worthy quote, “My life matters, especially to my bitches.”
We are all old enough to remember before 2015 when rappers seemed to have an affinity for Donald Trump. Everyone from Method Man to Master P, Jay Z, Jeezy to Nelly, and Nas was name dropping Trump in an attempt to compare themselves to the then-real estate mogul and icon of success.
We’re also old enough to remember how things took a drastic turn once Trump launched his presidential campaign. We went from hearing lyrics like, “Boys in the hood call me Black Donald Trump.”
(Yung Joc, 2006) to simply, “Fuck Donald Trump!” (YG, 2016). And who could forget the late Mac Miller’s epic smackdown during his appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore?
It suffices to say that Lil Wayne, who has yet to make another statement regarding his supposed endorsement, still sees Trump through rose-colored pre-2015 glasses.
He is not on that hill alone, though. Kanye rocked the MAGA hat before floating his own presidential run. Ice Cube, 50 Cent, and Asian Doll have all shown public admiration for 45. Although polls show Democratic nominee Joe Biden holds a 75-point margin with Black voters over Trump, that number was smaller than Hillary Clinton’s four years ago.
So, these endorsements are nothing, especially in a swing state like Florida, where Weezy just so happens to reside.