Real estate mogul and reality-show magnate Donald Trump is branching out into a new field: hip-hop prognostication. Trumpster has heard the future of rap music, and it's name is Mac Miller. How did Miller hook the ear of the Donald? By releasing a YouTube hit called "Donald Trump," which has drawn over 21 million views since it was posted in March 2011. Meet Mac [warning, the language is fairly NSFW]:
It's not a bad song, it's a little sophomoric for our tastes (and that's coming from folks who voluntarily listen to Odd Future's misogyny) but Miller loses some serious cred for wearing a shirt with his own name on it. ("Never, ever wear the shirt of the band you're in" applies to rappers as well.) Based on this small sample size though, Trump has declared that Mac is "the new Eminem," a label that every white rapper -- Paul Wall, Asher Roth, Yelawolf, Mike Skinner of the Streets -- has been saddled with in the post-Slim Shady era. None of these rappers have come close to matching Eminem's appeal and skills -- though Yelawolf proved talented enough to get signed by Em himself -- but that's not stopping Trump from dubbing Miller as Pittsburgh's answer to Detroit's finest.
"A lot of people are calling me about the Mac Miller rap song. Now, it's named 'Donald Trump.' Maybe you should pay me a lot of money, but it just did over 20 million people, tuning into Mac Miller. So in one way, I'm proud of him," Trump said. "I haven't actually seen the language, it's a little hard to understand on the song itself. Probably, it's not the cleanest language you've ever heard, but this kid is the new Eminem. Everybody says he's fantastic. Let's see what it is. But the 'Donald Trump' song just hit over 20 million, that's not so bad. I'm very proud of him." In other words, Trump is saying to Miller, "You're hired."