Macklemore has a lot to say about U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Seattle native spoke to NME about his political views and how Trump’s presidency is affecting the United States.
The “Same Love” rapper described Trump’s support for banning transgender people from serving in the military as “bigotry in the truest sense of the word. It’s discrimination.
“It’s disrespectful to all Americans, particularly to transgender people, who want to serve our nation just the same way anyone wants to serve. They should have that opportunity, of course, and it’s disheartening to see a president dividing human beings.”
And despite his own political views, the rapper worries about hip hop becoming too politicized. “I don’t think just because all of a sudden Trump’s our president that everyone needs to make a Trump song or make a political song.”
“Everything that’s coming out of Atlanta is massive; I love that music and that’s the music that I listen to,” he added. “It may not be the most political music, but it’s music that resonates with the youth. It resonates with the people.”
Macklemore has been known for tackling social issues in his music, from legalizing same-sex marriage in “Same Love” to the struggles of racial minorities in “White Privilege II”.