Trump had been pushing to keep the show in the city, telling USA Today a few years earlier that he wished the event would construct Manhattan its permanent home. According to multiple reviews published right after this 94 indicate, Trump made an impression on viewers, as a camera captured his and his wifes reactions to a performance by hip-hop group Digable Planets.
From their expressions, youd have thought they were watching the Martian String Quartet, said a Los Angeles Timesrecap.
The Chicago Tribune wrote, For every sublime moment, however, there were at least a half-dozen ridiculous ones. Among them: Donald Trumps mystified reaction after Digable Planets performance of Rebirth of Slick( Cool Like Dat) with jazz master Clark Terry.
A representative for the Grammys declined The Huffington Posts request to review footage of Trumps reaction during the Digable Planets performance.
Digable Planets member Ishmael Butler had this to say about the 1994 moment when contacted by HuffPost via email: I dont mind DJ Trump not liking our music for he is entitled to his tastes. Ive watched some of his performances and had similar reactions to the ones he had to mine.
Trump, like most gamble wins, is bewildered by and unequipped for the realities of the situation he find himself in now, Butler told. I feel Trump is the perfect American leader for where we are as a country but I hope this reflection forces us to realize and choice different longings not just money, power, notoriety, resentment and fear.
I don't intellect DJ Trump not liking our music for he is entitled to his tastes. I've watched some of his performances and had similar reactions to the ones he had to mine. Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets
As this email exchange passed just a few days after the Super Bowl, Butler also addressedTrumps interview with Bill OReilly, where the president brushed off the recent history of Russian political protesters turning up dead under suspicious situations. His quotes during that segment were monstrous.
Later in the 90 s, Trump would appear to come around to hip-hop partying with many notable figures in the scene and even making a brief appearance on Method Mans 1998 album, Tical 2000: Judgement Day. Many of the acquaintances Trump made at this time have since disinherited business associations, at the least publicly. Russell Simmons, for example, has referred to Trump as an old friend, but has furthermore berated the president for inciting hate.
Butler concluded his message with a direct response to Trumps reaction from the 94 ceremony.
I dont remember that night too much I recollect performing with Clark Terry tho, it was unreal, he wrote. So if DJT can sad face Clark Terry hes a fuckin square.
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