Nip is not happy.
Nipsey Hussle is calling out radio stations for refusing to play his collaboration with YG “F*ck Donald Trump.” The anthem took off during the divisive president’s campaign and became a rallying cry for people who wanted to resist his rise.
In spite of the widespread popularity of the track, “FDT” has been largely absent from the airwaves. That might have something to do with the fact that the chorus is “Yeah, n*gga, F*ck Donald Trump” repeated over and over. An edit of the track would literally say “Yeah…Donald Trump,” which is far from the same message. However, Nip thinks there’s something a bit more questionable going on. The rapper shared a clip to social media where he tore into DJs and radio stations for being afraid to play the song.
“All you motherf*cking radio stations, y’all n*ggas is hoes,” he said. “Out of every record, y’all scared to play ‘F*ck Donald Trump.’ I remember getting a call that ClearChannel banned it. Y’all n*ggas supposed to stand up. Fuck this n*gga. Play that record, make that motherf*cker the anthem.”
He called out several prominent radio stations in the text of the post.
“We did our job as artists. Y’all ain’t doing your job as DJs and radio stations,” he wrote. “@Power106 @Hot97, what’s y’all stance?”
Power 106 responded by bringing Nipsey on their show to talk about it. While he was being interviewed by the hometown station, Nipsey said that it’s not about making money off the track. He just wants people to stand up and say what they actually believe.
“The only reason I was vocal about this, it’s an issue that’s bigger than all of us, bigger than careers,” he said. “We gotta be radical sometimes. All of us. Not just artists. Everybody.”
He also apologized for being too aggressive.
“I took the wrong tone, but it was out of passion,” he said. “It was a sincere message I was trying to get out…Y’all showed a lot of class reaching out and I’m gonna get online and correct my tone. I don’t want to attack my comrades.”
Nipsey also explained what inspired him to go on a rant. His friend sent him video of protesters in downtown Los Angeles playing the song.
“They was playing the record and I was like ‘Damn, it’s been almost a year and this record connected to people and they feel empowered by the artists stepping out and giving them an anthem.’ We gotta support that,” he said. “That’s really what motivated me to get on the ‘Gram. The people in the world is behind it, they rallying behind it. They risking their freedom, they risking their well-being, their safety by getting on the front lines.”
“We’re not in harm’s way physically,” he added. “We might lose a little support from conservative brands but that’s what they’re supposed to do.”
Ultimately, they came to a conclusion that YG and Nip need to come out with a clean edit that they can play over the airwaves.
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What do you think? Was Nipsey right to call out radio stations for not playing his song? Was it a decision based around fear of offending conservative brands or was it merely the fact that the song was too explicit to play over the airwaves? Watch Nipsey’s call-out up top and let us know what you think in the comments. And don’t forget to SHARE this article.