Busta Rhymes just brought down the house at tonight’s Grammy Awards by starting A Tribe Called Quest‘s performance of We the People with an unforgettable intro slamming Donald Trump. “I would like to thank President Agent Orange for perpetuating all of the evil you’ve been perpetuating all over the United States,” rapped Busta Rhymes.
“I would like to thank President Agent Orange for his unsuccessful attempt at a Muslim ban,” Rhymes spit into the mic, as the wall behind him broke down, and Q-tip and MC along with Anderson .Paak burst onto the stage while he said, “but we come together cuz We The People.”
Tribe’s lyrics to We the People” are overtly political, and if there was ever a time that called for America’s artists to stand up and educate the woke masses with music that has a serious message about the harsh realities of poverty and the all too frequent failures of our mainstream media to capture people’s real experiences in America, this is it. The Tribe’s command performance fired up #TheResistance on twitter, and captivated the Grammy awards show’s worldwide audience as anyone with social media can probably tell you right now.
Just the opening line to the song is so squarely aimed at the President, you could skip the rest of the lyrics and the message would still ring true: “We don’t believe you.” We the People‘s refrain mocks and exposes what racist Republicans have been saying all of these years:
“All you black folks you must go, all you Mexicans you must go, all you poor folks you must go. Muslims and gays, boy we hate your ways. So all you bad folks, you must go.”
The Tribe Called Quest finished their song by chanting, “Resist. Resist. Resist.”
Watch the performance by A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes that brought down the Grammy Awards here:
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) February 13, 2017
Here’s the Tribe’s whole performance:
Here’s the complete music video for “We the People”:
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Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition