- In 2016. rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle collaborated to release the single Fxck Donald Trump.
- In addition to promoting YG’s sophomore album, the song was used to campaign against the country’s recently ousted president Donald Trump.
- Moments after Joe Biden was announced as president-elect, the anti-Trump anthem made its way to the number one spot on the iTunes charts.
On 30 March 2016, American rapper YG released the second single off his sophomore album, Still Brazy. Titled Fxck Donald Trump (FDT), the song is a response to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. Featuring the late rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, the song is said to have been recorded in less than an hour.
In a feature about the sophomore album, the Los Angeles Times described the single as “the most prophetic, wrathful and unifying song” to come out of 2016. Speaking to publication about the decision to record such a song, YG said;
In April 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department shut down attempts to shoot a music video for the single following a tip-off. Although it is unknown what the tip-off warned the police of, no arrests were made. Footage of the police arriving and questioning the artist was later used in the music video’s final cut.
With the song garnering positive attention from fans, YG went on to promote his album Still Brazy with a summer tour titled Fxck Donald Trump Tour. Taking place from 18 September to 4 December 2016, the tour saw YG travelling across 52 cities to not only promote his album but to campaign against Trump. There he had panel discussions about the 2016 presidential election in addition to giving fans who had registered to vote a discount on tour merchandise.
When Trump became president-elect in 2016, YG continued to promote the song’s message by concluding all his live sets with it.
A few years later, the streams and sales for FDT began to rise in the early hours of 3 November 2016 the final election day. By the time the polls closed, the song was sitting at more than one million streams for the day. Nielsen Music reported that it leapt from 240 thousand streams to 1.05 million streams. Streams continued to grow exponentially, peaking when the results were announced.
On 7 November 2020, moments after Joe Biden was announced as president-elect, the anti-Trump anthem made its way to the number one spot on the iTunes charts.