There is no doubt that Diddy was an influential connector of hiphop and politics in the early 00s, especially with the successful “Rock The Vote” campaign.
But if you have noticed he has stepped away from politics in recent years, you are not the only one. For one, he was not won over by the Obama presidency, saying that the former president “shortchanged” the black community.
“I think we got a little bit shortchanged. That’s not knocking the President,” Diddy told Al Sharpton on MSNBC last September. “He’s done an excellent job, you know, but I think it’s time to turn up the heat, because the black vote is going to decide who is the next president of the United States.”
He added: “My number one thing, to be honest, is black people — I feel like we put President Obama in the White House. When I look back, I just wanted more done for my people, because that’s the name of the game.”
And in looking at the current field of politicians out there today, Diddy doesn’t feel there is anyone there that he can support.
“Nobody understands the state of emergency that’s going on in black America,” he told The New York Times in an interview published last week. “I just really got turned off about politics.”
As for his relationship with the current President, Diddy says he has no issue with Trump.
“I haven’t spoken to him lately, but I don’t have a problem with Trump. I’m not his enemy or nothing like that, but I’m not expecting Trump to come save my people.”