Get them while they last
While it might be illegal to offer Election Day food promotions, that isn’t stopping the rapper YG from trying to get out the vote today with some free and, um, festive bagels in his hometown, Compton, CA. With the support of YG’s non-profit organization 4 Hundred Waze, the folks behind LA-based bagel truck Yeastie Boys have been offering a special hand-rolled and red-dyed bagel they’re calling the “Fuck Donald Trump Bagel” at 195 E. Compton Blvd. since 8 a.m. this morning. “Show us y'all voted and get a fresh-ass plumper”—presumably a term for bagel that I need to research—a post on Yeastie Boys’ Instagram account proclaims. The bagels are named after the song “FDT” (or “Fuck Donald Trump”), a collaboration with Nipsey Hussle that appears on the artist’s recent album, Still Brazy.
YG is clearly not too shy about his dislike of Trump. Earlier this fall, Complex reports, the rapper invited fans on stage to help him destroy a piñata made to look like the Republican presidential nominee. In an episode of Pitchfork’s “Over/Under,” he called Trump a “wicked man.”
In April, LAPD officers wielding tasers shut down an impromptu shoot for the song’s video as it was winding down after getting tips about “a large number of vehicles cruising on South Central city streets.” Hundreds who’d come to watch the filming were asked to disperse, and an LAPD spokesperson said a number of citations were given out for “likely infractions ranging from illegally modified exhaust systems to excessive speed and loitering for the general purpose of street racing.” Later that month, YG told TMZ that the Secret Service was, as the news organization put it, “crawling up in his biz” about the song.
"Secret Service hollering at the label," he said. "They asked to see the lyrics on my album to see if I'm talking about [Trump] on my album, because if I'm talking about him on my album they're going to try and take it off the shelves.”
The album has, nonetheless, made it to shelves without incident, and YG is confident the song’s message will resonate.
“This is real hip-hop. This is what this shit is built off of—talking about the culture and what’s going on and putting it out there to make a difference. Let motherfuckers know, we out here,” he said.
YG is also supporting a California ballot measure, Proposition 57, that would, according to Ballotpedia, increase “parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allow “judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.” But YG is not offering a corresponding bagel for that cause, at least as far as we know.