Published Nov 11, 2016A number of artists have weighed in on the United States presidential election results in the days following Donald Trump's victory. Now, Chance the Rapper collaborator Donnie Trumpet is set to abandon his stage name in light of the election outcome.
The musician and producer, born Nico Segal, made the announcement through his social media accounts today (November 11), writing a farewell note in announcing the reasons behind the change. "We just came off the release of Coloring Book and the Magnificent Coloring World Tour, both huge successes," he wrote. "But all during the tour, something heavy was looming over me — Donald Trump — and the connection people are drawing between his name and mine."
He continued: "What began as a joke, a silly play on words, is not funny anymore. I don't want to be connected to Trump's hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don't want to be misrepresented or misunderstood. Trump's beliefs are not mine.
"From this point on, call me Nico. I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me and believed in me and encouraged me. I couldn't stand to ever hurt them, or you."
Read Segal's note below.