Rodney King

'I feel good for speaking up': YG on his 2016 protest anthem that goes after Donald Trump

'I feel good for speaking up': YG on his 2016 protest anthem that goes after Donald Trump

On the Wednesday evening after the election, the streets of downtown L.A. shook with anger. Thousands of young protesters took to the Historic Core to show their opposition to a Donald Trump presidency.

And on nearly every corner, one song set the tone.

For weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election, YG and Nipsey Hussle’s single “FDT” was a warning shot at a candidate whom many in the hip-hop community saw as a racist demagogue. After Trump won, however, the song became something else —  a defiant cry for scared young people. When they hit the streets in protest, many found that the song’s profane, unsparing chorus hook...

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