Puff Daddy to Obama: ‘Where Are the Things in the Black Community that Have Gotten Drastically Better?’
In an interview to promote his latest album, “MMM,” Forbes’s wealthiest hip-hop artist Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs explained his deep frustrations with President Obama, who Combs claims needs to “Unapologetically spend billions of dollars to uplift black communities.”
“We got Obama into office, the give back, the deal, where are the things in our community that have gotten drastically better?” Combs said Wednesday in an interview on Hot 97. “Let’s stop over complicating it. The hugest group of people that get you into office, you have to change their lives for the better. Pick a side, because they got you into office. And if that side just happens to be black people, and you’re black, you still have to do what’s fair.”
Combs’s consternation comes from feeling that the voter turnout campaign “Vote or Die!“—a political machine that the music mogul promoted and later called “a scam“—did the hard work of getting Obama elected president with black people reaping limited political gain.
Combs say he understands that “being the president is a hard job,” and “there are so many things that President Obama has done for” black people “that we are going to realize years and years and years from now. Then there’s some black man things for black people” that need to get done.
The Grammy-winning artist listed several political interest groups like the National Rifle Association, and AARP, and “Jewish people” groups and said that black people are not getting the “things they need done right now.”
Combs eventually called for President Obama to deliver “directed aid. Unapologetically sending direct aid to black communities. Let’s not try to hide it. Unapologetically spend billions of dollars to uplift black communities.”