Four years after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the tiredness and fatigue seem unbearable. However, the hardest times are also the most productive, especially in the creative world.
By 2017, the Los Angeles-based group, Las Cafeteras, had inaugurated the president with their iconic protest anthem “If I Was President,” which charted an unreachable future with a president “for all people.”
Three years later, and after the record participation of the Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities in the 2020 elections, that dream doesn’t seem so far away.
Las Cafeteras’ song today continues to delve into political demands and racial inclusivity with a new remix featuring Sa-Roc, Boog Brown, QVLN, and Mega Ran, in a multi-ethnic hip-hop style. It reiterates the needs and demands of the same communities which helped turn the outcome of the election.
In total there are five artists that come from three swing states. The message the song delivers is to continue to elevate the vision of America that people want: inclusivity and diversity at all levels. A week ahead of Biden’s inauguration, the song was released and has been viewed almost 3,000 times since.
Cristina Uribe, the Director of Campaigns at The Center for Cultural Power says, “the transition is not about an administration but an opportunity to transition to a country that is more equitable and responds to the needs of all its people.”
As we remember anxiously waiting for Arizona to be called, the artists based from this state, QVLN and Mega Ran, helped turn it blue. In a statement, QVLN said, “it’s been my mission as a performer to create and drive a positive narrative to the masses.”
The song has now joined the critically acclaimed electoral anthem series in its third edition. The release was delivered by Las Cafeteras over the last four months. In collaboration were nonprofit organizations that are socially aware of the anthem and who advocated for increased voter turnout.
When the song was originally released in 2017, NPR wrote about its visions for the land. NPR explains that the song questions the (almost) former president on the holes of the system like the criminal justice system, the educational system, and why Black people continue to be killed. The twist in the song is how different our country could be if it actually came together.