Jay-Z has spoken about how he believes Trump’s Presidency has been a “great thing” for political activism and has caused America’s “ugly side” to reveal itself.
After initially dodging questions about Trump, the rapper has been vocal in his opposition against the President in recent months.
Last September, Jay described Trump as a “joke” and “not a very sophisticated man”. He later described Trump as a “superbug”, which led the President to fire back on Twitter: “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”
In a clip from his upcoming episode of David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Netflix show, Jay explained how he thinks Trump’s rise has caused people to “have a conversation” and “band together”.
“I think it’s actually a great thing and here’s why,” Jay began. “What he’s forcing people to do is have a conversation and band together and work together. You can’t really address something that’s not revealed.”
“He’s bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone,” the rapper continued. “And it’s still here and we still gotta deal with it. We have to have tough conversations, we have to talk about the N-word and talk about why white men are so privileged in this country.”
“I completely agree,” Letterman replied, adding: “We don’t need any more evidence: ‘Is he a racist, is he not a racist?’ I’m telling you, [if] you’re having a debate over whether a guy’s a racist, chances are that guy’s a racist.”
Watch the clip in full below.
Jay-Z’s episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction will arrive on Netflix on Friday (April 6).
Clips have also been released of Jay-Z revealing what he thinks makes Snoop Dogg and Eminem good rappers and discussing his mother first coming out as gay.