Macklemore & G-Eazy May Have Just Joined YG On The Secret Service Watch List (Audio)
Earlier this year, YG and Nipsey Hussle released a song that was a scathing critique of then presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. Titled “FDT,” standing for F… Donald Trump, the song was so brazen in its attacks that it landed on the radar of the Secret Service, and YG was told he needed to censor some of the lyrics. In speaking with DJ Whoo Kid recently, YG said of the incident, “Secret Service called in on Universal [Music Group] and was like ‘Send me the lyrics to YG’s album. We gotta see what he’s talking about,'” adding that the government security detail actually reviewed the lyrics to his entire Still Brazy album, on which the song was featured. “That’s why on ‘FDT’ on the album, it’s parts of the song I had to blank out,” he says. “Then on the next song, ‘Blacks & Browns,’ when Sad Boy’s spittin’ his shit, he said some shit toward Donald Trump too. They heard that. We had to either change it or blank it out…It was a real situation goin’ on.” YG goes on to explain the Secret Service’s rationale for scrutiny and censorship of lyrics making direct threats against the presidency, or those running for president. “Ever since John F. Kennedy got assassinated, they can’t have no people promoting ‘kill Trump,’ ‘shoot Trump,’ ‘pop Trump,’ all that. And, we had those type of lines up in the song,” YG tells Whoo Kid.
YG is certainly not the first artist to land on government watch lists. As Whoo Kid points out in the interview, N.W.A.’s 1988 song “Fuck Tha Police,” caused the F.B.I. to send a letter to the group letting the members know the agency did not take kindly to the song’s message. Years later, in 1992, then Vice President Dan Quayle communicated with Interscope Records about Tupac’s 2Pacalypse Now, saying the album should be pulled from stores, and calling it a “disgrace to American music,” due to some of its fiery messages in protest of police brutality.
Rather than let things subside, however, YG has decided to ratchet them up, right in the middle of the Republican National Convention, with the release of part 2 to “FDT,” and guests Macklemore and G-Eazy are happy to stir the pot with him. In addition to YG’s new verse where he raps “Thought I was just making songs to ride to. Come to find out your own kind don’t even like you,” Mack and G do not hold their tongues regarding their thoughts about Trump. G-Eazy kicks it off with “How’d he make it this far? How the fuck did it begin? A Trump rally sounds like Hitler in Berlin.” He continues with “this man’s not peaceful. Racism’s evil. This man hates Muslims. That’s a billion fuckin’ people. If truth be told, Donald is a terrorist. Reasons why the world’s got a problem with America.” G-Eazy also suggests that Trump was opportunistic in trying to capitalize on the recent tragic mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub. For his part, Macklemore comments on the hypocrisy of some of Trump’s narratives around such shootings, saying “Banning all Muslims? Alright, fool. What if we banned all the White dudes. Because a couple have run up in trench coats and rifles and killed in the name of Jesus Christ at the high school.”
In between their verses, the MCs scream the chorus loudly enough to be heard in Cleveland: “Fuck Donald Trump.”