Days after rapper Eminem attracted media attention for his expletive-laden anti-Trump performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, another popular artist led a crowd of fans in a similarly profane hook.
A short video recorded by attendee Vanessa Richards shows Macklemore, whose real name is Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, shout “F*** Donald Trump!” along with a packed stadium over the weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.
The explicit hook is from the remix of a 2016 YG song of the same name, on which Haggerty was a featured artist.
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Warning: The Following Video Contains Profane Language
As CNN reported, Haggerty delivered a similar performance Thursday in Los Angeles.
In a Vice interview shortly after the song’s release, YG, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, explained why he selected Haggerty and G-Eazy.
“I’m like, if I get two of the biggest white rap dudes in the game on this ‘F*** Donald Trump’ record, that s*** is gonna mean something,” he said.
Following the release of the original version of the song, Jackson said he learned Haggerty shared his anti-Trump sentiments.
“Before Macklemore was on ‘Part 2’ he said like, ‘Good s***, bro, that s*** was needed,’ about the first song,'” he said. “So I was like, ‘Bro, you support Trump?’ and he was like ‘F*** no!’ I’m like, ‘Well look, I’m doing this remix and I want you to hop on it.”
Richards described the fans at the Phoenix show to be largely in agreement with the performer’s political message, which extended beyond the anti-Trump song, according to Fox News.
Haggerty, she said, “gave another speech about immigration and acceptance” in which he told his fans “that everyone should be welcome here no matter which side of the ‘line’ you stood on.”
Those remarks came after similar “great and moving speech about inclusiveness and kindness and acceptance which led into his song ‘Same Love,’ Richards said.
She added it was the Trump-themed portion of the performance, however, that most roused the crowd, explaining it was “one of the louder parts of the show, regardless of if people agreed or not.”
“You didn’t hear any boos or anything,” she said.
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