Nipsey Hussle called into The Angie Martinez Show as he got ready to embark on his Victory Lap tour, which kicked off in New York City on Monday.
The conversation quickly switched to a discussion about Nipsey’s decision to put a photo of Kanye West wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat on the screen behind him during his performance of “F**k Donald Trump” at Broccoli City Festival in Washington, D.C. in late April.
Nipsey wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t using the image to take a shot at Kanye. Instead, he was just trying to find a visual representation that matched up with where the conversation about Trump was going. “I wouldn’t even consider that a personal jab at dude,” he said. “I just felt like when I was doing visuals for these songs, it was no more fitting a piece of art or picture that represented how people felt about the president, and what the convo around dude was at the time.”
Nipsey admits that it felt like a “kick in the gut” for himself and many others seeing Kanye proudly donning a MAGA hat. “As people, me coming from the street, representing the street, that’s how we all felt when we seen that dude with that hat on, like it was a kick in the gut,” he said.
Check out Nipsey's comments in the video above.