Birthed out of the modern-day arts movement, #45Lies is not only a campaign but a truth proven by legitimate news sources. The Washington Post, as one of the leading platforms that have fact-checked the president has counted (as of August 27, 2020) 22,247 untruths since being sworn in office. Because “45” is a master of media, he and his administration has mangled this fake news and common tongue. People think he is real, just like him, maybe crude but not a liar.
However, a collection of artists from the expansive Hip-Hop culture have created a campaign to bring attention to some of the flat-out lies that he has propagated that not only endangered Americans as a whole but people of color and poor people directly.
Co-created by the Spelhouse dynamic duo, Kirsten Magwood (P.O.P. Media) and Marc Bamuthi Joseph (The Kennedy Center), the two AUC titans questioned where were the artists’ voices in this election and the current wave of cultural unrest that has been likened to the civil rights movements where artists like Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ozzie Davis, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and so many others were instrumental in shaping the politics of their day — alongside those traditionally seen as activists pushing for political change.
They then reached out to Kamilah Forbes (the Apollo Theatre) and others to help wrangle talent and this virtual movement was manifested.
#45Lies2020 is not just an Instagram post, though it clearly is that.
It is a destination for artists (rappers, poets, actors, singers, and the like) to spit bars over a crazy Hip-Hop track. The challenge for them was to pick just one lie that Donald Trump as said (one of the over twenty-thousand aforementioned) and attach the hashtag #45Lies2020 in efforts to spread awareness to those who have been duped by falsehoods that other rap notables like Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, Lil Pump, Tekashia 6ix9ine, Polow Da Don, Asian Doll, Waka Flocka Flame, and by extension Kanye West (who once said that Trump was like a father-figure to him).
This collection of true and undeniable lyricists all have had a notable history of social justice and supporting causes that lean towards equity and empowerment … and have previously used their platforms and artistry (not just during election years) to do so.
A partial list of participants is as follows: Supermodel Naomi Campbell dropped some bars in defense of Senator Harris. Some of the Hamilton Cast like Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson and Daniel J. Watts, Def Poetry Jam Lemon Andersen, and actress Kerry Washington. Hip-Hop lyrical mighty men Abiodun Oyewole (the true Father of Conscious Rap), Black Thought, Mickey Factz, and Talib Kweli got loose, while the campaign also highlighted women who not only cut to the root of his lies with the intensity of warriors but did it with the style and grace you would expect from the sisters. These wordsmiths should ring bells: Alicia Garza, Lady Luck, MuMu Fresh, Syndee Winters, Mayda Del Valle, and Jessica Care Moore.