In the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory last night, we’ve seen disheartened stars react to the news, we’ve watched as protests go viral, and we’ve heard some much-needed messages about unity during such a divisive time in our country.
As many people try to grapple with what America’s future will look like, there are also those who are simply trying to make it through the day with some semblance of comfort. Though it may seem like such a minor or even trivial remedy, music can be a meaningful coping mechanism for a world that feels like it’s on fire. Just ask these six celebrities, who shared the music that’s giving them strength today.
LeBron James - “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
The NBA star shared a lengthy, lovely message of hope to accompany a clip of K. Dot’s uplifting anthem. “Love, genuine LOVE and FAITH will be the only thing that can get us through this,” James wrote.
Lorde - “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna (feat. Kanye West and Paul McCartney)
From the opening line (“I think I’ve had enough”) to the catchy hook about struggling to make it through the week, Lorde’s right — this one deserves to be blasted at the highest decibel.
Issa Rae - A Seat at the Table by Solange
Identity, pain, joy, resilience, black survival... it’s all there on Solange’s latest album, and Insecure star Issa Rae is one of many who are likely finding comfort in it today.
Bastille - “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole” by Martha Wainwright
This rebellious, honest tune is for anyone who can commiserate with feeling like they’re “young and strong” but also “old and tired” at the same time.
YG - “ FDT (Fuck Donald Trump),” by himself
The Compton rapper plugged his own blistering Still Brazy cut, which — now, more than ever — resounds with anyone who opposes President-elect Trump.
Chance the Rapper - “Finish Line/Drown” also by himself (feat. Noname, Eryn Allen Kane, T-Pain, and Kirk Franklin)
As the results of the election started to trickle in last night, Chance unceremoniously tweeted a Soundcloud link to this Coloring Book standout. Perhaps he was merely basking in the “finish line” of the election being so near, but in the wake of the results, this reminder about all of life’s blessings is a sorely needed dose of optimism. “The water may be deeper than it’s ever been / Never drown.”