The accusations against Trump provoke a wave of support, from rappers

Some of the biggest names in the rap game are endorsing former President Trump’s 2024 presidential bid, with some pledging their allegiance (and skin) to the Republican Party in the wake of his blatant mugshot.

Chicago rapper Badman Kevo went all out to give Trump an advantage this week: tattooing the former president’s SHOT mug on his leg and sharing the moment on Instagram with his 3 million followers.

“Make America Rich Again or Sleepy Joe,” he said, teasing the ad that showed him inking Trump’s mug shot.

“Biden… actually made me pay a lot of taxes,” Kevo complained on the We in Miami podcast. “This is actually my second Trump tattoo.”

The rapper also credited Trump for getting him out of jail “six months early,” where he was serving time for bank fraud.

In an Instagram story posted after prisoner number PO1135809 was fingerprinted and had his mugshot taken at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, accused of illegally conspiring to overturn the result of the state election in 2020, rapper boss Keef praised Trump to his 8.8 million followers.

Rapper Bandman Kevo said he supported Trump so he could have lower taxes. Twitter @bandman_kevo

“He Good In The Hood,” the “Love Sosa” artist wrote.

On August 12, days before Georgia prosecutors filed the latest charges, Buffalo rapper Benny the Butcher tweeted “I will vote for Trump in 2024.” in a viral notice which generated one million views on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Now rappers are back to where they were, with him before he ran for president, who was like this cool, rich guy. He spends money like rappers spend money. He has gold baths. I think they saw a kindred spirit in him,” said one person close to Trump, who said he hoped the musicians would be deployed in some way in a general election to promote Trump’s street cred to black voters.

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Rapper Badman Kevo put Trump's mugshot on his leg in tribute.Kevo put Trump’s mugshot on his leg in tribute. Twitter @bandman_kevo

Trump has retained the support of rappers such as Lil’ Pump, who appeared on stage with him shortly before the 2020 presidential election, and has also gained followers.

YG, a rapper famous for his anti-Trump protest anthem “F—k Donald Trump,” said in an interview earlier this month that the “black community” had changed its mind.

“I’m not gonna lie, bro, the black community ain’t fucking with Trump, but when this PPP sh*t came out and all that sh*t, black people forgave him,” YG said during an Aug. 1 conference. recording of the YouTube show this past weekend. “I’m talking about these moths in the hood. I speak on your behalf. This is what they say. “Hey, Biden hasn’t done anything for us, that black guy Trump is handing out money.”

Buffalo rapper Benny The Butcher told his followers last month that he supported Trump. Buffalo rapper Benny The Butcher told his followers last month that he supported Trump. Getty Images for the National Urban League

Polls have consistently shown President Biden underperforming among non-white voters.

In a Sienna College poll last month, he failed to win a majority of nonwhite voters without a college degree, leading Trump among these former staunch Democrats (49%-33%).

Many of the rappers representing Trump have had their own run-ins with the law.

Lil Pump was arrested three times in 2018 alone for firing a gun at his home in California, driving without a license in Miami, and possessing marijuana in Denmark.

Trump faces 91 separate felony charges in four state and federal jurisdictions.

He has vowed to fight all charges and strongly insists that he is a victim of an armed justice system.

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“In the urban black community, a mugshot can be an iconic symbol of both victimization and greatness. It is a challenging UP YOURS for “the man”. Think Tupac Shakur. “Trump is now the definitive gangsta of our culture,” said conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza in a viral post on X.

Support has only grown since 2016, when Trump had endorsements from several of the country’s most famous rappers, including Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and Kanye West.

Trump had long been popular with rap artists who frequently included his name in lyrics before he entered politics. Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Young Jeezy and Nas are just a few of the rappers “who have worshiped Donald Trump in the past,” according to BET.

Rapper Lil Pump is back with Trump in 2024 after campaigning with him in 2020.Rapper Lil Pump is back with Trump in 2024 after campaigning with him in 2020.Getty Images

“I think there’s something between Trump’s ideology and the whole gangsta vibe of being an American that a lot of rappers can connect with,” said aspiring rapper Jordan Coleman, 28-year-old son of Mayor Adams.

There is “something about Trump’s arrogance and something about his confidence that resonated with people.”

Coleman said he’s not thrilled with either Trump or Biden.

“I think we need more options if we tell people the truth,” he said. “I’m waiting for someone new, like me.”

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