Donald Trump Calls Kanye West A ‘Genius’ Before Signing The Music Modernization Act

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Today, Donald Trump is set to sign the Music Modernization Act in a ceremony that will also be attended by famous musicians Kanye West and Kid Rock, both of whom have been very politically outspoken recently. The MMA is intended to update copyright law for digital and streaming recordings, ensuring artists receive royalties on older songs, creating specific compensation for music producers, and updating royalty rules in order to streamline the process of paying artists for streams through a third party.

Ahead of the signing ceremony, Trump stopped onto Fox News’ Fox & Friends segment to praise Kanye West, who has been profuse in praising Trump on his social media and during recent public appearances, including his performance on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago.”First of all, I like him a lot,” Trump said. “He’s been a friend of mine. I’ve known him for a long time. He’s a very different kind of a guy. I say that in a positive way. Those that are in the music business say that he’s a genius, and that’s ok with me because as far as I’m concerned, he is . . . He’s got a big following in the African-American community, a big big following . . . He’s really a great guy. You know what he wants? He’s not asking for anything for himself.”

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