Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed conservative rap artist and creator of the new Let’s Go Brandon Christmas tune, Forgiato Blow to the newsmakers line to discuss his new holiday song and growing genre of conservative rap.
Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line a conservative rapper by the name of Forgiato Blow, who’s got a big song out. It’s the Let’s Go Brandon Christmas song. Good morning Forgiato.
Blow: Hey, how are you guys doing?
Leahy: First, how did you get inspired to become a conservative rapper, Forgiato?
Blow: I would say I’ve been doing this since 2016 for Trump. And then it just ended up building a movement as a couple of other rappers do the same as me. But it felt like it was time to have some different music and change the culture.
And that’s just really how it kind of happened. To support Trump and doing a lot of rallies and just kept building and building here in Florida became really big. And then now I see it spreading all over the nation.
Leahy: Now we’ve had in studio our good friend Bryson Gray who has been in a couple of times. He brought his bucket hat. He threatens to give me one, which I suppose I will wear.
And I never thought Forgiato, that I would have as special guests rappers, but it seems to be working quite a bit. What is it that you and Bryson have done that’s so different?
Blow: I feel like not a lot of people always say they said they always listen to rap. But the kids are going to listen to rap, it’s the number one genre of music. So it starts with the kids changing the culture. It starts with the parents.
They’re going to listen to rap as we say. So would you rather than listen to us or them? So that was, I think, one thing that people really started to realize and then led us to kind of clean up our music also.
There is no cursing in most of our music and having the morals and the values that we’re trying to spread around, which is good for the new generation.
Leahy: Let me just ask this. I’ve seen this on the Internet, which means who knows what level of truth there may be to this or not. Are you at all in any way related to former President Donald Trump?
Blow: Donald Trump and I are good friends. I have met him a few times, and I have a bunch of billboards and trucks wrapped with him.
Leahy: That’s the one I’ve seen. I have seen Forgiato Blow that you are Donald Trump’s rapping nephew.
Blow: Yeah, people these days make their own stories,
Leahy: So they’re making that up! But you are friendly with the former President.
Blow: Yeah, I think he did a lot for the community. I feel like Trump was a great person. Everybody loved Trump before he became the President, and then everybody switched on him.
I also feel like there was voter fraud, and he definitely won the last election. But I feel like there’s a lot of people that Trump put in position that turned on him.
Leahy: You’ve been doing conservative pro-Trump rap since at least 2016, right?
Blow: Yeah. I was the first person, I think pretty much to have a pro-Trump song in 2016 called Silver Spoon. And from there, it just kind of went to this new job, I think.
Leahy: Did you have a first version of a Let’s Go Brandon song?
Blow: No, I did a Let’s Go Brandon song that did, like, 2.5 million views. Then I called Bryson and told him to make one. He didn’t really want to make one actually for him because he thought it was kind of like, not cheesy, but he felt like it was like a trend and he’s not really trendy.
But I told him the end of the day, it’s like it’s about the movement. So it’s not really about one person having it. If we all have the same songs that spread our message better.
Then they deleted his video on YouTube and it caught fire from there. (Leahy chuckles) So I was really happy for him. But, yeah, mine did pretty good, like, 2.5 million.
Leahy: That’s pretty good.
Blow: I did another one called Let’s Go Brandon Slide, and that one did, like, 1.4 million in a week. Now I have the Let’s Go Brandon Christmas Song, which is doing pretty good. I got the video dropping today.
Leahy: Well, now let me just say this. I have heard the Let’s Go Brandon Christmas Song, and it’s funny. It’s very clever.
Blow: Thank you so much.
Leahy: And it’s clean. But let me just say the part of it that by the way, we won’t be able to do it for this program, but we’re going to be playing it throughout the holidays for holiday themes. Do we need any special permission to play it on the program?
Leahy: So the part that struck me, that was a little clever, a little on the edge, but no cursing involved, when you were talking about Vice President Kamala Harris, you attached to her, one of Santa Claus’s famous sayings. Ho Ho, Ho. That was quite clever, I thought.
Blow: Thank you so much. There are no curse words in it. Everybody can take the words how they want them to mean. Ho, Ho, Ho. We all know exactly what Santa would say.
Leahy: (Chuckles) Yes, that was Santa’s words. Now, have you heard from the current vice President at all about that?
Blow: No, I haven’t heard anything about that.
Leahy: Have you been invited? Weren’t you up here just recently in Middle Tennessee, at an event with a whole bunch of other conservative rappers, including Bryson Gray?
Blow: Yeah. It was a great time. We did shows up there. A bunch of kids, a bunch of people out there. The weather was a little different for me. A little colder.
Leahy: We reported on that. Our own Laura Baigert was up there and had a nice lead story about it at The Tennessee Star on the Web at tennesseestar.com.
Blow: Oh, wow.
Leahy: Now what’s on your agenda going forward? And are you able to make a living as a rapper?
Blow: I do a lot of shows in Florida. I throw my own rallies, all my supporters, obviously, they support my music like a regular job. So, yeah, there are really no issues. It’s no different because it’s a better message and a cleaner message.
I did lose a lot of relationships that I did have before. I had songs with some of the biggest rappers in the game. I had videos with the biggest people. I was on some of the biggest tours. But when I really came out with this pro-Trump stuff I lost a lot of that.
But I gained a lot of new support from a lot of people like you. And I gained a lot of support from a lot of people who one time didn’t really enjoy rap music or care for the rap music genre. And they promote what we do and they have our back.
I would say that I’m not missing anything by just being honest. A lot of people, sometimes they’re so afraid of the truth. Everybody doesn’t like Trump.
Everybody doesn’t like this and that they have no clue why they don’t like Trump. So I think we’re changing the culture and we’re making it so people are afraid to come out and say what they feel.
Leahy: Forgiato Blow, the conservative rapper, the next time you’re in Tennessee, come into our studio if you would, please.
Blow: I will, man. I appreciate it so much.
Listen to the Let’s Go Brandon Christmas video here:
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Photo “Let’s go Brandon with Santa” by Mayor Forgiato Blow.