On the Mass Appeal website, the rap great Nas recently posted an open letter addressing a number of different topics and focusing on the prevalence of racism in America today. Donald Trump isn’t the target of the piece, but Nas does take a minute to call out Trump on his racism. He also writes about voting as a choice and implies that he may or may not vote against Trump. Here’s that part of the piece:
The Creator put us here to do our thing, so I do my thing. And I don’t pay attention to politics at the moment. For what? There’s no reason. For me, it doesn’t make any sense. We all know a racist is in office. People can talk their shit. Comedians can sound racist. People can go through their moments of that shit, but when you have the responsibility of being President and you carry on like that, you send a strong message to people outside of your group that they ain’t worth shit.
So why would I focus on that unless I’m in the political game? Unless I’m running for office I don’t have to pay attention to know that. If I ever vote again—when it’s time to vote again, and I feel like voting again—I don’t have to follow the news to know who I’m voting against. But then you wind up saying “Who’s the next motherfucker coming in, and how does that help?”
My way of addressing these issues is through my work. Whatever president may be in office doesn’t affect my work directly. The way he affects people is what affects me. I observe what’s going on and that goes into my creative process. The person himself, I’m not caught up with. I don’t even have time for Trump or Pence. I don’t give a fuck.
Elsewhere in the essay, Nas writes that the situation for poor people of color hasn’t changed over his lifetime, no matter who’s in office, and he writes about the importance of taking action through his music. You can read it here.