Donnie Trumpet changes his name after Trump wins

Since Trump’s shock win last Tuesday dozens of artist have spoken out against the newly elected President.

But nobody’s gone as far as Donnie Trumpet. The Chance the Rapper collaborator and driving force behing the 2015 album Surf, has officially changed his name because of its similarity to Donald Trump’s.

He’s now taken his family name Nico Segal.

Nico posted on his Instagram explaining that the name started as just a joke and a silly play on Trump’s name, but now it’s come to emobdy a much more “hateful” meaning. 

“I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood. Trump’s beliefs are not mine. From this point on, call me Nico,” he states. “I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me and believed in me and encouraged me. I couldn’t stand to ever hurt them, or you.”

You can read his full post below: 

Farewell, “Donnie Trumpet” We just came off the release of Coloring Book and The Magnificent Coloring World Tour, both huge successes. But all during the tour, something heavy was looming over me -- Donald Trump -- and the connection people are drawing between his name and mine. What began as a joke, a silly play on words, is not funny anymore. I don't want to be connected to Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood. Trump’s beliefs are not mine. From this point on, call me Nico. I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me and believed in me and encouraged me. I couldn’t stand to ever hurt them, or you. Thank you for understanding. Peace, please, and so much love, Nico 🎺

A photo posted by Nico Segal (@nicosegal) on Nov 11, 2016 at 7:47am PST


Chance acknowledged the change on Twitter.