Q-Tip Wants to Have a 'Serious Discussion' With Kanye West About His Donald Trump Comments

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Q-Tip talks with Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann

Earlier this month, A Tribe Called Quest proved they were still a formidable name in hip-hop when the Queens rap crew scored a No.1 album with We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service. Helping bolster their comeback was the release of their politically charged single "We the People" on the Friday after Election Day, when Republican candidate Donald Trump walked away victorious against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Though the album was lauded for its conscious and political message, one of its guest features, Kanye West, was criticized for voicing his theoretical support for Trump at a show several weeks ago. In a recent interview with Bloomberg Politics, the Tribe's Q-Tip explained how disheartened he was to hear West's Trump comments.

"It's difficult because he's my brother," Q-Tip said during the interview. "I reached out to him, and I'm hoping we just get to talk. And I'll probably just leave it there. I really care about that dude but his remarks are something that require he and I having a real serious discussion."

After the election, many artists like 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Vic Mensa were distraught by the stunning results, and expressed their desire to quickly oust Trump from his seat of power. While Tip remains on the fence about Trump, he says that "we have no choice but to give him a chance."

"The platform he ran on is very scary," Tip continued. "It's very polarizing, it's divisive, it's not necessarily inclusive, and it's dangerous and it's one that brings about an absolute fear. Given those signifiers I wouldn't give someone like that a chance per se ... the actuality of the situation is he's the president ... he's my president now." 

Watch clips from of Q-Tip's interview with Bloomberg Politics below. The full discussion will air today (Nov. 28) on Bloomberg Politics' With All Due Respect at 5 p.m. ET on Bloomberg TV, and at 6 p.m. ET on MSNBC.