(AllHipHop News) With the election of Donald Trump, political culture has fused with celebrity culture to a larger extent than at any point in history. Many Hip Hop figures - such as Kanye West and Snoop Dogg - have shared their views about the president.
In a new interview with Billboard, Cole admitted he didn't vote in the 2016 election. The KOD album creator explained that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton didn't motivate him to go to the polls, but he did describe why the current commander-in-chief could be good for the country.
"Actually, with Trump in office, I love that America gets to see the truth. If Hillary Clinton was in office, it would be the most f*cking disingenuous sh*t because everybody would be thinking that everything’s cool because we got an incredibly qualified female president. Which would’ve been amazing on so many levels," stated the North Carolina native.
He continued, "But all the sh*t we see right now would’ve still existed; it would’ve just been quiet. And I prefer this sh*t to be out loud. I prefer an honest America. I prefer the world seeing that, yes, we’re a country that is dumb enough - no disrespect - [that] we got duped into electing Donald Trump."
Later in the article, Cole discussed his reaction to abuse allegations against fellow rap stars XXXTentacion and Nas. The Dreamville leader was asked about the legitimacy of "cancel culture" as a consequence of problematic behavior.
J. Cole replied, "That’s tough because we’re talking about black women. If it was a white woman involved with these allegations, then sadly - I’m realizing as I’m talking to you - maybe people wouldn’t cancel them just as quick, but labels would be forced to cancel, because white outrage is way more powerful than black outrage, unfortunately. When white people start getting outraged about this type of sh*t, then maybe something will happen."