A Tribe Called Quest Makes Fearless Political Statement To Donald Trump At Grammys
By Isha Thorpe
February 13, 2017
A Tribe Called Quest came through the 2017 Grammys with Anderson .Paak, Consequence, Busta Rhymes and dozens of men and women representing us, the people from all different ethnic backgrounds, hues and religions to send a direct message to the United States and it's new president, Donald Trump, in particular: we will unify and resist. The MCs first remembered their late member, Phife Dawg and then pumped the crowd up by spitting hits like “Award Tour,” “Can I Kick It?,” and “Movin Backwards.” The performance's final song was “We the People” from Tribe's latest album, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, and throughout it, the group unapologetically spoke the realness.
“I just wanna thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil that you’ve been perpetuating through the United States,” Busta shouted through his mic. He didn't hold his tongue one bit and referenced Trump's controversial Muslim Ban, too. As the group was rapping "We The People," several everyday walked up to the stage to join the MCs spoke their message.
Some of these people who took the stage with Tribe wore hijabs, while others didn't. These people varied in appearances, but they all represented the different subdivisions of America that make this country what it is.
At the end of their performance, Tribe proudly held up their Black Power fists and Q-Tip continuously chanted "Resist." Hip hop continued to make us proud and have our backs. Watch the powerful set that brought the Grammys to its knees below.
A Tribe Called Quest perform with Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence at the #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/Kz35sUTEs7— Wolé II (@Kingwole) February 13, 2017
The voice of the people will never be silenced.
When all of the other artists wanted to play it safe, hip-hop will always speak truth to power. Thank you Tribe!— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 13, 2017
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