SDSU pays $60,000 for “F--- Donald Trump” rapper

Amber Athey
Investigative Reporter

  • Rapper YG, infamous for his popular song “Fuck Donald Trump,” was paid $60,000 to perform at a San Diego State University festival celebrating diversity.
  • Initial reports suggested that YG had forfeit his performance fee by playing the song, prompting his fans to praise him on social media for his courageous defense of free speech.
  • The school denies that any such stipulation was ever part of the contract, however, and an anonymous source claims the clause was merely a request from student government that was later dropped.
  • Rapper YG, infamous for his popular song “Fuck Donald Trump,” was paid $60,000 to perform at a San Diego State University festival celebrating diversity.

    SDSU Associated Students hosts an annual event called GreenFest, which features numerous events and initiatives that “encourage, celebrate, and advocate for sustainability, SDSU Pride, and diversity.”

    “The song in question was played by YG and he was paid for his performance that evening.”   

    This year, YG was invited to headline the annual GreenFest concert, and students cheered and sang along when he played “Fuck Donald Trump,” reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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    The school denied initial reports that YG’s $60,000 contract contained a clause forbidding him from playing the song, though this did not stop his fans from praising him as a First Amendment hero on social media.

    “At SDSU's GreenFest concert this weekend, the song in question was played by YG and he was paid for his performance that evening,” SDSU Interim Chief Communications Officer Gina Jacobs told the Union-Tribune.

    According to an anonymous source familiar with the event, SDSU Associated Students initially asked YG not to play the song, but caved when YG objected to the request, perhaps fueling the rumors about the contract.

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    Confusion also arose because several students took to social media to praise YG for playing the song, apparently convinced that he was forfeiting the $60,000 by doing so.

    Campus Reform reached out to SDSU and GreenFest to clarify how the concert was funded, but did not receive a response by press time.

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    Amber Athey

    Amber Athey

    Investigative Reporter

    Amber Athey is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and Economics, and is currently a member of the 2016-2017 Koch Associate Program. 

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