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Post Malone- Unlikely Libertarian Figure?​

By Ian Brzeski | United States

Post Malone is a rapper, singer, and songwriter who recently blew up in the past few years. His song “Rockstar,” released in 2017, marked his first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist. The song is considered his most successful song, but he also has numerous other songs that have been just as successful, such as “Congratulations” or “Psycho.” The album which “Rockstar” featured in, “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” broke several records on its way to the Billboard 200 and went platinum in just four days after the album’s release which is a massive achievement in the world of music.

Despite Post Malone being on record that he supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election, the gun-loving government skeptic makes it reasonably safe to say that he is a libertarian. During his time in Canada, he sat down for an interview. The interview was light-hearted in the sense that the questions were about his favorite video games or his plans for the future. However, when asked about what the biggest lie in the world was he said, “The biggest lie in the world the U.S. government.” He does not believe that the government is the same as it used to be in the sense that it is not about freedom anymore and that it has become some massive reality show. The questioning of the government in the way portrayed by Post Malone here really encapsulates the libertarian view on the role of government.

He also believes that the United States government killed president John F. Kennedy for telling the truth. He reasons that just days before Kennedy died, Kennedy had a grand speech explaining how our government focuses solely on being corrupt instead of going around trying to find the truth in all things. Post, who has a JFK tattoo on his arm, is a big fan of his and states that he was “the only President to speak out against the crazy corruption stuff that’s going on in our government nowadays.”

Although he says how the United States government is practically a giant screw-up, he has not once said where he exactly falls on the political spectrum. He did go on to say that he did support Bernie Sanders for president as he was “the realest one.” It is interesting that a man with such a distrust of the United States government would be an advocate for Bernie, as his policies suggest a stronger and more powerful government. One could infer that the reason as to why he would support Bernie is not because of his policies but because he believed that he cared about the country and wanted the best for the people of the United States, unlike Trump and Clinton.

In another interview after the election, he stated that he would not mind performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration for a fixed amount of money despite not supporting Trump and not voting in the election at all. Because he said this, he got much hate from the fans and later said that he was kidding. However, he still didn’t understand why he got so much stick for saying that. He feels that at the end of the day he would just be doing the same job he has always been doing regardless of he was to perform at Trump’s inauguration or any other venue or concert.

“If I do his show, does that mean I’m a supporter of him?” -Post Malone

To answer the question as to why he did not vote in the presidential election is that he feels our votes do not count and are just suggestions to the electoral college. According to Malone, the Electoral College could practically vote for whomever they want, and there is nothing that we [the people] can do about it. It is unclear to say if Post would have voted for Bernie if Bernie did win the primary, but it is safe to say that he would have supported and backed him throughout the entirety of the election process.

On the issue of guns, Post Malone is entirely pro 2nd amendment. He believes that it is an American’s right to own a gun and he is indeed taking advantage of that right. He owns:

  • an M14 – used by the Navy SEALs
  • “James Bond’s gun.”
  • a .44 Desert Eagle hand cannon
  • an M1911 pistol
  • two gold-plated Glocks -used for decoration, not for shooting
  • a Cobalt AR-15 -modified to pass California regulations, his most prized possession
  • a pump-action Mossberg shotgun -“great for home defense.”
  • an FN Five-Seven pistol with a laser sight -to disorient home invaders
  • a Glock 19

He has these because “They’re fun, they’re practical, and bad sh*t happens. If you hurt me, I’m gonna hurt you back.” He has a lot of valuable items, and he wants to protect those along with his friends and family. He acknowledges that it is dreadful that people have to be fearful of going to a concert, but he maintains that there will always be sick people, and if they want to go shoot-up a concert, then they will get the weapons necessary to shoot-up that concert no matter what. He also admits that he does not have all the solutions went it comes to these horrible mass shootings, but that he just believes in what he thinks is right.

“The world is going to shit. They’re taking away a lot of our rights.” -Post Malone

This quote suggests that Post believes we are continuously falling deeper into a tyrannical state, which is another reason as to why he maintains the right to bear arms is just as a necessity now as it ever was. He does not believe that Trump is solely the reason as to why we are going deeper into a tyrannical state, but that there is a much bigger problem going on behind the scenes of our government. Post thinks that the worst of the United States government is yet to come and that it is going to arise after Trump.

From his extensive gun collection to his complete and intrinsic distrust of the government, Post Malone could be a man easily converted to the libertarian movement.

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Grandson Is Calling Out Politicians and Corruption Through Music

By James Sweet III | United States

The United States has faced an interesting political climate since the 2016 Presidential Election. We have witnessed Donald J. Trump, the former host of The Apprentice, become the first President without any previous political experience. Celebrities have taken a larger role in American politics than ever before, with Hollywood often calling out the President. Now, a new artist is rising in the music industry, bringing a unique sound and message to the American people and it’s a message that many agree with.

Born Jordan Benjamin, Grandson is a politically charged artist that delivers guitars and beat drops accompanied by a message. He doesn’t hint at his meaning through indirect references, but rather states what he is thinking. Born in New Jersey, Benjamin was raised in Toronto where he taught himself how to play guitar and piano. Now based in Los Angeles, he is signed to the Fueled by Ramen record label.

Grandson’s music can range from talking about being unfaithful to a partner to discussing gun violence, particularly school shooting incidents. Arguably the most politically charged song that he has made, Thoughts & Prayers is Grandson’s way of expressing his anger over the government’s ineffectiveness when it comes to dealing with gun violence on school campus’. The song starts off with a chorus of children singing, and the message is quite menacing for the political opponents of the artist.

No thoughts, no prayers
Can bring back what’s no longer there
The silent are damned
The body count is on your hands

These lines are repeated in the chorus, with anger clearly being a motive for Grandson’s thoughts on the issue. The phrase “thoughts and prayers” is often used by those on social media and in public after a horrible event happens, whether it’s a terrorist attack, school shooting, earthquake, etc.. Grandson appears to be calling out those that use the phrase and do nothing about the problem. He takes his message a step further by accusing some of being, whether partially or fully, responsible for those that are dead. Grandson enters the song during the first verse.

Smile for the camera
Another politician bought
I swear I heard another shot
Cash another payment
Red all on the canvas
It’s murder on the campus

Another press conference
Nothing gets accomplished
The suit is an accomplice
Money is the motive
The war is in the street
Watch history repeat

It is safe to say that the first verse sums up the song’s message: politicians are scared of losing money from organizations like the National Rifle Association, and that those politicians are accomplices in the crimes that are being committed.

Grandson is rising in the music industry and is being recognized by major figures, like Mike Shinoda, co-founder of Linkin Park and solo-rapper. Grandson was featured on Shinoda’s song “Running From My Shadow“. Sooner or later, Grandson will be recognized by his enemies as a true contender, and his allies will rally behind his music as a battle cry. The following list provides an introduction to his songs and the meaning behind them.

  1. Bills – The older adults in society burden the next generations with bills and taxes, but the younger generation is also full of greed in the pursuit of money.
  2. Bury Me Face Down – A story of the strength needed to claw your way up through the music industry, and to achieve the goals you have set.
  3. Kiss Bang – A story of a man cheating on his main significant other with a “side chick”.
  4. Best Friends – A story of finding fulfillment, alongside friends who spill their feelings and how they are trapped.
  5. thoughts & prayers – An anger filled message accusing politicians of corruption and valuing money over the lives of children.
  6. War – A message that is directed at the President of the United States, believing he will lead us to war. The song also speaks out against inequality and other issues.
  7. Overdose – The effects that drugs can have on an individual, particularly hardcore drugs.
  8. Blood // Water –  Arguably Grandson’s biggest hit, the song talks about corruption and greed in politics, and how those involved in these practices will be caught.
  9. Stick Up – A story of a veteran who feels betrayed by the American government, and chooses violence to send a message.
  10. Despicable – A story of a failed relationship, broken off by an individual who may be suffering from depression.
  11. 6:00 – A message about equality and police brutality that many innocent people have suffered.

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Childish Gambino Inaccurately Portrays American Culture

By Casey Ward | United States

The new music video by Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) is all anyone can talk about. Across America, news outlets are praising how different and courageous the new music is. In the video, you can see references to cultural issues like mass shootings and historically racial tensions. With all of the people raving about what the video means it is nearly impossible to find someone with an opinion other than “oh how rebellious and deep.”

The first voice that I heard calling Mr. Glover out on this new video was Maj Toure of Black Guns Matter.

After seeing Mr. Toure speak out about the video I contacted him to discuss this issue further. Mr. Toure commented that to Mr. Glover’s credit, the cinematography was great, especially for one take. However, people are tired of being portrayed in a negative light.

In Mr. Glover’s video, the assumption is that America is filled with violence and guns are at the heart of it. This just isn’t the case for a majority of gun owners. On average there are 9,289 homicides using a gun but there are nearly 111,000,000 gun owners making only .008% of gun owners violent. Coupled with people interjecting what they believe the video meant just makes the entire situation negative towards your average gun owner.

The content of the video is not actually that good, because Mr. Glover used so many different topics. It appeared he could barely finish one reference before starting another. This leads to people being lost and constantly distracted leaving the references unexplored and unexplained.

This leaves many people wondering, where is Mr. Glover? Since Mr. Glover seems absent from the conversation as to follow the same suit as every celebrity that has taken a similar route. Say something controversial, start the conversation, win an award, and then move on from the issue. Celebrities merely accept their award and fade out of the discussion until the next time ratings need a boost. Another issue is that in the video Mr. Glover reprimands other creators for using violence to sell their art.

Instead of criticising others for their use of violence to get views while in the same breath using that exact tactic as a “prop” you should set an example. Talk is cheap especially in today’s world and as Mr. Toure put it, “The true power is galvanizing people, solve the problem instead of just talking.” The real issue with the video is the vagueness of it all, it’s not that deep since he does not actually go into anything specific but instead repeats issues everyone already knows about.

To conclude Mr. Glover did a good job as far as art goes… but as for being deep or controversial about America and its culture, the entire video is a failure.

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50 Cent Accidentally Made $7.5M, Thanks to Bitcoin

By Nick Hamilton | USA

You’d think that everyone who has bitcoin would definitely be keeping their eye on it. And if they’re not, you’d at least expect them to know about it.

Well, that just isn’t the case for Curtis Jackson, who goes by his rapper name “50 Cent,” who accepted a payment of around 700 bitcoins to pay for his fifth album, “Animal Ambition.”

The estimated value of those bitcoins at the time was around $400,000. The current value of exactly 700 BTC, as of January 25th, is $7,812,010.50, rolling in a $7,412,010.50 profit.

That’s no pocket change, my friend.

However, Jackson “forgot he did that sh*t,” according to a now-deleted Instagram post. He said at the time of the payment that he was just trying to keep up with the times.

Who knew that keeping up with the times would get you a little less than $7.5M?

According to Coindesk, at the time of the transaction, BTC was worth around $662, but fans could fork over just a fraction of a coin to get their hands on the album.

Funny enough, Jackson filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, however, according to the New York Daily News, many were left perplexed when Jackson posted a picture of a refrigerator full of money.

Jackson issued the following statements via social media.

“Not bad for a kid from South Side, I’m so proud of me. I’m a keep it real, I forgot I did that sh*t.” -Instagram post, deleted later.

“A little bit coin anyone? LOL. l know l make you sick but excuse me I’m getting to the bag.” -Twitter, see the tweet here.

Pretty smart business moves without even realizing it.

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The Two Other Times Eminem Dissed a President

By Max Bibeau | USA

On October 10th, Marshall Mathers III, better known as Eminem, was recently thrust back into the spotlight after releasing his BET Cypher in which he repeatedly attacked sitting US President Donald Trump. The completely acapella freestyle resulted in a flood of support from other anti-Trump demonstrators, heavily contrasting the threatened boycotts and outrage that erupted from the pro-Trump crowd.

While this attack may be the most deliberate and lengthy, it’s definitely not the first time that the rapper has called out presidents in his music. Here are two other times Eminem dissed presidents he disapproved of.

1. Bill Clinton

On The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem’s first album to go diamond, plenty of celebrities were targeted in lyrics. In the song “Who Knew,” however, some direct shots were taken at then-president Bill Clinton.

I’m sorry, there must be a mix-up/You want me to fix up lyrics while the President gets his d**k sucked?/F**k that, take drugs, r*pe sluts/Make fun of gay clubs, men who wear make-up

In these lines, Eminem is directly referring to Bill Clinton’s 1998 sex scandal involving President Clinton and 22-year-old White House intern Monia Lewinsky. The scandal left a lasting blemish on Clinton’s presidency, with trials and court cases taking up much of 1998.

This direct attack on an already sensitive subject, not to mention the extremely sexist, homophobic, and transphobic message in the lines led to extreme controversy throughout not only this song, but the entire album upon its release.

Along with that line, another controversial line was released regarding Clinton in Eminem’s 1999 Album The Slim Shady LP.

So if I said I never did drugs, that would mean I lie and get f***ed more than the President does

2. George W. Bush

George Bush received the blunt of Em’s wrath on the 2004 album Encore, which ended up going 4x Platinum in the US, selling over 5 million copies in the US alone. The songs “Mosh” and “We As Americans” primarily dealt with political controversy at the time.

The entire song “Mosh” is an anti-war, anti-Bush anthem, ripping the President for his involvement in Iraq.

Mosh pits outside the Oval Office, someone’s trying/To tell us something maybe this is God just/Saying we’re responsible, for this monster/This coward that we have empowered, this is Bin Laden/Look at his head nodding-how could, we allow/Something like this without, pumping our fist now.

Along with constantly saying “F*ck Bush,” Marshall made some choice comments about the Iraq war.

Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell, we gon’ let ’em know/Stomp, push shove, mush; f**k Bush!/Until they bring our troops home, come on

While the entire song condemns the Iraq war, the real controversy arose from one of Eminem’s lines on “We As Americans.”

F**k money. I don’t rap for dead presidents. I’d rather see the President dead,

Within both the explicit and censored versions of the song, the word “dead” was censored. The aggressive line landed the rapper directly in the crosshairs of the Secret Service, though nothing eventually resulted from the investigation.

So while the spotlight is on Eminem’s BET Trump diss, it’s important not to forget that the rapper’s career has thrived off of disrespect of authority and controversy, two things clearly visible in the BET Cypher. It’s time we recognize Eminem’s new diss for what it is: simply a continuation of his lifelong attitudes toward government and authority in general.

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Max Bibeau is a Senior Editor for 71 Republic. You can contact him through email at [email protected], or follow him on Instagram with the handle @_maxbibeau.