The O'Jays and Donald Trump were willing bedfellows in the past for, well, the love of money. But that doesn't make the long-lived R&B vocal group fans of the Trump presidency.
The O'Jays' 1974 Philadelphia International hit "For The Love Of Money" was famously the theme song for Trump's hit reality series The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice. "I made a nice buck with Donald Trump from using 'For The Love Of Money,'" co-founder Eddie Levert tells Billboard. "He's not a bad paymaster. His check cleared." But earlier this year Levert and his fellow O'Jays asked Trump to stop using their 1972 single "Love Train" at his presidential campaign rallies, which drew a bit of ire from the now President-elect's camp.
"They got on me about it, said I got enough money from him so now I can kick dirt in his face," Levert recalls. "But I have a right to like what I like. I have the right to pick the people I want to follow and want to be associated with. I'm for change, but I don't think [Trump] is the guy who will take us to the change he was talking about. All I hear from him is 'we're gonna build a wall' and 'Hillary Clinton is a crook.' What the hell? I never hear anything about how we're gonna make America great again, just that we are.