Donald Trump is slated to become the 45th president of the United States. He put away the election early this morning (Nov. 9) after winning key battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (who all went to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012). It’s a result that has most of the hip-hop community distraught, to say the least.
Hip-hop heavily stood up to Donald Trump over the campaign season, whether it was Snoop Dogg and Game leading protests or Jay Z and Beyonce opening for Hillary Clinton just days before everyone would head to the polls. That being said, it’s the perfect genre to help you cope with a pending Trump presidency.
Below, we’ve compiled some of our best attempts at assisting you with dealing with this disaster. All ranges of emotions, from hope, to anger, to fear, are represented. Maybe a Trump presidency will at least get folks serious about trying to change the fear narrative in this country. Music helps.
YG - 'FDT (F**k Donald Trump)'
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Even though The Donald won, you don’t have to accept his hate.
Tupac - 'Keep Ya Head Up'
Many have been concocting a doomsday scenario of total oblivion now that Donald Trump will be our president. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, yet. ‘Pac’s always known how to keep spirits high and look at the bright side of tomorrow.
Kenneth Whalum featuring Big K.R.I.T. - 'Might Not Be OK'
If you’re more into looking at Donald Trump’s impending presidency as the beginning of the end, this one’s for you. Even if he weren’t elected, American social progress has been put into park as of late, so it really might not be OK.
Dead Prez Featuring Jay Z - 'Hell Yeah (Remix)'
This one’s ahead of its time. Before police brutality was the subject of iPhone camera rolls, Hov hopped on a remix of Dead Prez’s “Hell Yeah” and rapped “I ain’t waiting for the system to plug these holes.” Amen [praying hands emoji].
Lauryn Hill - 'I Find It Hard to Say (Rebel)'
Lauryn’s been speaking the gospel for over two decades. This gem is straight knowledge bars for those who just want to raise up or reflect upon where we’ve been and where we’re going.
Kendrick Lamar - 'Alright'
K Dot’s 2015 Black power LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, captured last year’s headlines perfectly. “Alright” hopefully captures tomorrow’s just as well.
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five - 'The Message'
“It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under.”
Public Enemy - 'Fight the Power'
If things get real, this one could come in handy. Consider it the soundtrack of resistance to injustice.
The Coup Featuring Black Thought & Talib Kweli - 'My Favorite Mutiny'
Boots Riley and his group, along with Souls of Mischief and others, really had the Bay Area woke during the early to mid 1990s. This one though came from the group much more recently. An update perhaps. If revolution is more your flavor, after hearing yesterday’s (November 8) election results, this should soothe your soul.