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Eminem unleashes on President Trump

By Deena Zaru, CNN
The Detroit rapper is unleashes on President Donald Trump in a profanity-laced verse on "No Favors" -- a song off fellow Detroit rapper Big Sean's "I Decided" album, which is out Friday.

R&B artist Farida gets political

By Deena Zaru, CNN
President Donald Trump's latest travel ban, which temporarily bars refugees and people from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the country, has reinforced negative stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims, according to R&B artist Farida.

Ami Dang: Travel ban promotes racism

By Deena Zaru, CNN
Baltimore-based musician Ami Dang, an American of Indian descent who grew up in a Sikh family in the suburbs of Maryland, said that racism directed at immigrant communities following the rise of President Donald Trump is reminiscent of a post-9/11 environment.
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.

Kanye West meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

By Deena Zaru and Tal Kopan, CNN
Kanye West met with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday, after he was spotted arriving at Trump Tower in New York City, only days after the rapper first came back into the public eye following his hospitalization.

Lil Yachty has Lil B to thank for getting into Sanders

By Alex Lee, CNN
When 18-year-old rapper Lil Yachty sat down for his interview with CNN, his posse of mostly hometown friends almost immediately began teasing him. "F--k Donald Trump. Say f--k Donald Trump!" Another voice, an older member of his crew, disagreed.

Vic Mensa explains his Trump outrage

By Deena Zaru and Alex Lee, CNN
Rapper Vic Mensa slammed Donald Trump's "repulsive" response to the Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub and said that with a candidate such as Trump on the Republican side, the "idea of being too jaded" to vote is "incredibly dangerous."
Recording artist Dierks Bentley performs onstage during ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dierks Bentley on the country music vote

Story by Deena Zaru Video by Alex Lee, CNN
Dierks Bentley, who considers himself an "independent," told CNN that while touring the country he has seen firsthand the sense of disenfranchisement, anger and frustration that have defined 2016 politics and fueled the rise of billionaire business mogul Donald Trump.

Brandon Wardell: Why it might be time to let go of Sanders

Video by Alex Lee and story by Deena Zaru, CNN
As #WriteInBernie trends on Twitter and #BernieOrBust activists continue to pledge their loyalty to Bernie Sanders -- even after the Vermont senator endorsed Hillary Clinton Tuesday -- comedian and Sanders fan Brandon Wardell told CNN that he is now ready to let go and vote for the former secretary of state.