So this is kind of awkward. Compton rapper YG obviously didn't want this to happen. He offered voter registration at every tour stop this fall. He reached out to voters of different races. And yet, the election results have spurred an absolute bonanza in terms of digital sales, worldwide streaming totals, and chart movement for his song "FDT" (Fuck Donald Trump), which otherwise would've faded quietly, but dutifully in the righteous glow of a back-to-business Hillary win.
For the Nielsen tracking week ending November 10, just two days after the election, the Nipsey Hussle collaboration off YG's June release Still Brazy — the same song that had the Secret Service worried back when it appeared — jumped 435% to 3.1 million U.S. streams and entered Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hip Songs chart at no. 50, its first time on the chart. It also sold more than 4,000 downloads, an increase of about 1000%.
Of course, he'd trade it all in for electoral college votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. But, what the hell: now, the people (like 63,541,056 of 'em, compared to Trump's 61,864,015) need a protest song. Why not "FDT"? Green Day's already submitted their tender.
No KKK, No fascist USA, No Trump! pic.twitter.com/Lv2pRgOJJX
— Green Day Authority (@GDA) November 21, 2016
It's also worth noting that R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" has re-entered the charts. What a time.