In a world where we have a 70 year old celebrity president, music is more important than ever. Not just as an outlet to escape what is an unfortunate and frightening reality but also for its power as a political platform.
Rap has always been the most outspoken and politicised genre. That was evident again at this year’s Grammys where Busta Rhymes called out President Trump during his performance with A Tribe Called Quest, “I’m not feeling the political climate right now, I just wanna thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil, I wanna thank Agent Orange for his successful attempt at the Muslim ban”.
Not sure if Trump was watching this year’s Grammys, or if he even understands sarcasm for that matter. Their performance was also highlighted by a chant of “We The People”. We The People indeed, Busta Bust. Music always has had the power to promote change in the world and right now artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Anderson .Paak are certainly making their voices heard.
— Wolé II (@Kingwole) February 13, 2017