By Mary Washington
Controversial rapper Kanye West was one of the first black celebrities to traipse to Trump Tower for a photo op with President Donald Trump. He was followed by former football player Jim Brown and comedian Steve Harvey. West, who’s married to reality star Kim Kardashian, said he met with Trump to discuss “multicultural issues.”
But West was not on the line up to play at the concert for Trump’s inauguration. The concert featured little-known country and rock acts and was widely seen as a disaster. Several big names refused to perform and a Bruce Springsteen cover band pulled out at the last-minute. Trump’s inauguration was also sparsely attended.
Right-wing radio host Michael Savage said West should not have expected an invitation.
“His music is too urban for Trump fans,” said Savage on his radio show. “Those people don’t want to hear music that talks about baby mamas, smoking weed and shooting cops.”
According to Tom Barrack, chair of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, West was not a right fit.
“He (West) considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform,” said Barrack in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett.
West was born in America and has lived here for his entire life. He performs hip hop music, a genre also originated in America.