Donald Trump has met his fare share of critics over the years, but none so good with their words as Atlanta rapper/singer Raury. In his first ever late-night interview, Raury (full name Raury Alexander Tullis) used the opportunity to make a statement about one of the most divisive presidential candidates in history on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Exploding into his performance of Devil’s Whisper, Raury exudes a soulful musicality that somehow manages to eclipse its recorded counterpart. Midway during the performance, Raury turns around, and emblazoned on his green soccer jersey is the word ‘TRUMP’ with a red cross through it. Not satisfied with his exemplary display of vocal gymnastics, Raury picks up the drumsticks and goes to town.
Interestingly enough, the green soccer jersey is that of Mexico’s, which could be a savvy political criticism of Trump’s plan to make Mexico pay to erect a border between the US and itself.
“We are going to build a wall. You’re going to pay for the wall,” the bloated human carrot said he would tell the Mexican government. “The wall itself, we own.”
Speaking to Vice, Raury explained that his decision to wear the jersey was because “Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear and personal differences”.
“I’m all about the opposite, about being inclusive and open,” said Raury.
Choosing to sing Devil’s Whisper was also a bold choice, singing in the chorus ‘You better run, run from the devil’. Wonder who the devil is…
Even bolder was the fact that Donald Trump was on the show earlier that evening. The GOP forerunner was roasted by Colbert, who personally thank Trump for running, saying, “I’m not going to say this stuff writes itself, but you certainly do deliver it on time every day.”
Raury joins a long list of sensational hip hop acts to grace The Late Show stage recently. Run The Jewels and Kendrick Lamar appeared in the first two weeks of Colbert’s debut as host of the Late Show. Whoever is organising their musical guests is doing a bang up job.