That’s how it’s done folks.
While subtle analogies, artful laid designing and love-filled texts are all valid forms of political commentary, there’s no substitute for cutting right to the chase. And that’s what A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson. Paak( with some help from Busta Rhymes and Consequence) only did at the Grammys.
And they did it powerfully.
Performing a medley of songs including “We the People, ” and “Award Tour, ” the group propelled right into it, with Rhymes calling President Trump “Agent Orange” a knot of seasons before the rapping even started.
He announced: “I only expressed his appreciation for President Agent Orange for perpetuating all the evil you’ve been perpetuating through the United States. I want to thank chairperson Agent Orange for his abortive try at the Muslim ban. We the people! “
Slamming the current government, the famous hip hop group’s mounted featured hijab-clad dancers exploding through a foam wall, followed by parties from all goes of life who may be affected by the proposed margin wall or in-migration injunction, including women of quality and First Nations people.
Calling out the underlying plan of such policies, Q-Tip rapped: “All you Colors kinfolks, you must go/ All you Mexicans, you must go/ And all you poor kinfolks, you must go/ Muslims and gays, son, we dislike your styles/ So all you bad kinfolks, you must go.”
The diverse parties then stood on stagecoach, filed alongside the rappers, who all promoted their own rights fist in unison with members of the audience and yelled “Resist! Defy! Defy! “
Wow. Just, wow. Listen, the Grammys 2017 had many highlightings, but this was something else . It detected strong. Historic, even. And Twitter knew it.
This is why A Tribe Called Quest is legendary.
Clint Smith (@ ClintSmithIII) February 13, 2017
That’s how you do it.