President Donald Trump ain’t just hip — he’s hip to hip hop!
So much so, in fact, that on Friday he announced the first-ever national rap battle.
Dubbed the #MAGAChallenge, the rap battle appears to revolve around the president’s supporters rapping about why they support his movement to “Make America Great Again.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2019
The idea originated with Bryson Gray, the young black conservative whose own #MAGAChallenge video the president linked to in the tweet above.
“I think the MAGA challenge is doing what everybody expected Kanye West to do for the [Trump] campaign,” he said in an interview with The Daily Dot after he first introduced the challenge on social media last month.
He added that the challenge was “easing the tensions in the culture and helping get the word out about Trump,” while also proving that “not all Trump voters and GOP are stick ups.”
Are any? The argument could be made that it’s the left that’s brimming with uppity elitism and “bougieness,” not the right.
Watch Bryson’s original submission below:
In response to the president making Bryson’s #MAGAChallenge go viral, two sets of people appeared — fun-loving conservatives ready to get down in funky town, and angry, bitter liberals who apparently now hate rap music too.
Among the fun-loving conservatives was former National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who took to Twitter to ask the president if she could be his “Simon Cowell,” i.e., the tough but fair critic known for judging performances on reality TV talent shows like “American Idol.”
Let me be your Simon Cowell ?? https://t.co/xELiFQAUSD
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 8, 2019
And then of course there were the sincere participants:
— Angela Stanton-King (@theangiestanton) November 8, 2019
— Politic Gee (@PoliticGee) October 7, 2019
— Charrise Lane (@CharriseLane) September 28, 2019
— davidfilms (@davidfilms) September 23, 2019
— #LEXIT (@Lexitmovement) September 24, 2019
It’s time… #MagasGonnaGetcha!
As an Old School Head I wanted to represent one of my favorite artists, KRS-One. No matter his political views, I still respect his lyricism.https://t.co/xHY8OxmApl#magahiphop #magamusic #magachallenge #magaremix#magaoldschoolremix #maga #kag pic.twitter.com/5PlViu5NIe
— Chandler Crump (@realCCrump) September 27, 2019
— Maybe she will maybe she won’t? (@SchumeMae) September 19, 2019
— BIGG_BUMP (@BIGG_BUMP) September 19, 2019
Gray first emerged in the spotlight when he went viral for what he wore and said during an interview with a local news station two months ago outside a Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“I have a lot of friends who tell me that I shouldn’t support Donald Trump because I’m black, which is sort of insane because I can support whoever the hell I want,” he said to local station WNCN at the time. “And then also they tell me that I shouldn’t wear the MAGA hat, so I bought the biggest MAGA hat.”
He wasn’t kidding either.
Dovetailing back to Gray’s rap video, it may very well wind up being the winning submission, not only because of his impressive flow and rap skills — but also because of the song’s prescient lyrics.
“They say ain’t you that MAGA boy? Call me what you want cause it don’t matter boy, I just speak the truth, that’s something they don’t understand. Why these white liberals try to tell me who I am?” the lyrics read.
Now observe how some white liberals have chosen to respond to his song:
Oh my god. I just felt a piece of my soul die. This is so wrong, from every angle. Trump is using you…he is commanding you to dance and sing for him, for his own aggrandizement.
— MoonlessMidnight (@MoonlessMidnt) November 8, 2019
— ROQUE (@JUDYP1248) November 8, 2019
YOU ARE USING THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN TO GET “NOTICED” BY THIS CROOK OF A “FAKE” PRESIDENT!! IF YOU FLIP NOW, YOU’LL BE A HERO TO ANYONE AROUND YOU THAT HAS THE SAME SKIN COLOR!! DEMS DON’T WANT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR 2ND AMMENDMENT!! I PROMISE!!!
Come on over, Sir!!
— “DUMP THE TRUMP!” ✊ (@texasgaltonight) November 8, 2019
Uncle Tom, go make dat master proud. You should be ashamed of yourself. He don’t care about black people. How much did you get paid to be acting like a fool? pic.twitter.com/MjlT2inyFV
— Janis Cullen (@janis4446) November 8, 2019
Sing and Dance for my Amusement, chumps! Do anything I say and I MIGHT grant you the Honor of my Presence! (Probably not, judging by previous ‘contests’) I Love the Poorly Educated!! pic.twitter.com/HkrnNdHXSZ
— Lisa? (@sunnymom25) November 8, 2019
They called him “poorly educated,” an “Uncle Tom” and more …
In the words of the immortal rapper Tupac Shakur, “Some things will never change.”
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