A conscious rapper and poet has released a blistering takedown of Donald Trump. His piece has been published to coincide with both the US president’s visit this week, and the protests that will be happening to mark the occasion.
Potent Whisper (aka Georgie Stephanou) comes from a single-parent, working-class family on a council estate in south-west London. And it’s those politics and social issues that shape Whisper’s music. Since 2015, he has come into his own. From the grime-heavy, anti-gentrification anthem Brixton First featuring Lara Lee, to his collection of spoken word Rhyming Guides to…, his artistry and ability to mix politics with music and words is fast gaining him a reputation.
Now, he’s added another piece to his Rhyming Guide collection: one about Trump. And he doesn’t mess around, nailing exactly why the US president is such a divisive figure.
Taking down Trump
In The Rhyming Guide to Donald Trump, Whisper uses spoken word to tackle head on the numerous reasons why people should protest against Trump. His piece ties in with the protests that will be happening between 12 and 15 July (details can be found here).
But in the piece, he also nods to the parallels between Trump and Theresa May’s Conservative government, and the direction which the UK – and the world – could be taking more broadly. As he says [4:22]:
But when he comes, I hope he loves that big baby being flown,
Plus, the ‘hostile environment’ will make him feel at home;
Read on...Support us and go ad-free
That he’s got Tommy Robinson just down the road,
And knows Boris and Nigel said to say ‘hello’.
Trump doesn’t need to fly here to arrive –
Trump’s been here for a very long time;
Trump’s right here in our fear of non-whites;
Trump’s in the blood and tears we watch live;
But y’know, the main thing about Trump that’s unsettling –
He doesn’t just represent ‘America First’
As the United States president, I’m hesitant to say it,
But in some ways he represents Earth…
A seminal work
Whisper told The Canary:
Trump’s actions exacerbate the threat of nuclear war and global warming to such a degree that his presidency threatens human existence itself. The piece was not written because I hate Trump, but because I love humanity and don’t want it to end.
I wear a bracelet on my left wrist. It was given to me whilst I was teaching in Sudan. I wore it as a gesture to stand in solidarity with Sudan and all Muslim countries banned by Trump.
Whatever you think of Trump, and whether you agree with the protests or not, Whisper has produced a seminal piece of art: a smart, witty, and devastating evisceration of the US president and everything he stands for.
This article was updated at 9:15pm on Wednesday 11 July to reflect a change to the comment from Whisper.
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?