In a recent interview with i-D, YG went deep about Donald Trump and actually creating change in local communities. He also spoke on how Macklemore ended up on his "Fuck Donald Trump Pt. 2." A song of which he said That was my first time making a meaningful record; I usually do the turn ups. But that shit had a real impact. Watching what was going on around him in his own country and neighborhood, the rapper felt it was time for him to speak up.
"It's like, wake up, America. Motherfuckers are talking about drugs and parties and guns and shit. But they gotta know there's more shit going on. We gotta say something, cause if not, it's like we're out here standing for nothing, like we ain't got no morals. That ain't what it is. That ain't me."
YG goes on about how he doesn't have all the answers in creating immediate change, but that people should get out there and protest. It's a start.
"As people, we can come together and we can protest, but honestly, that shit probably ain't going to change. We've gotta figure out who's behind the scenes, who will lead the people, and how we're going to get to them. Black people are painted as beefing with each other and killing each other, and that's why I think [police and politicians] think they can get away with so much shit — cause we do fucked up shit to our own kind. So when we come together in protest, that really means something. It's powerful. But, is that really going to make a difference with what's going on? I don't know, and that's the truth. But it's a start."
He does get around to talking about his "Fuck Donald Trump Pt. 2" record and the divisive inclusion of two white rappers, G-Eazy and Macklemore.
They're the two biggest white rappers in the game! I'm like, if I get two of the biggest white rap dudes in the game on this "Fuck Donald Trump" record, that shit is gonna mean something. Before Macklemore was on "Part 2" he said like, "Good shit bro, that shit was needed," about the first song. So I was like, "Bro, you support Trump?" and he was like "Fuck no!" I'm like, "Well look, I'm doing this remix and I want you to hop on it. It's actually with G-Eazy." And he was like, "I got you, send that shit." That's just the rap community. Everybody know that's where this rap shit started from: talking about problems and what's going on in inner city communities.