In a new interview, Q-Tip said he’d like to discuss the now infamous Donald Trump comments with Kanye West. A few weeks ago, West came under fire for voicing theoretical support for Trump at a show preceding his hospitalization.
“It’s difficult because he’s my brother,” Q-Tip said during the interview with Bloomberg Politics. “I reached out to him, and I’m hoping we just get to talk. And I’ll probably just leave it there. I really care about that dude but his remarks are something that require he and I having a real serious discussion.”
Following the election and Trump’s surprise win, many artists reached out in distress over the results. In Tip’s opinion, “we have no choice but to give him a chance.”
“The platform he ran on is very scary,” Tip further said. “It’s very polarizing, it’s divisive, it’s not necessarily inclusive, and it’s dangerous and it’s one that brings about an absolute fear. Given those signifiers I wouldn’t give someone like that a chance per se… the actuality of the situation is he’s the president… he’s my president now.”
His group, the Queens bred A Tribe Called Quest recently released their new album We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. Their single “We the People,” had political implications and was released on the Friday following election day, when Trump was elected over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The album featured collaborations from West, Andre 3000, Anderson .Paak, and Busta Rhymes and was recorded before Phife Dawg passed away from diabetes last March.
Following the presidential election some fans wondered if the album's last track “The Donald” was about Trump, but it was actually about the late Phife Dawg, whose nickname was “Don Juice.”