Donald Trump has promised to bring opportunities back to Americans and for one Long Island man, Trump has delivered.
Amityville resident Matthew Demar, formerly known as rapper Kid Panic, has reinvented himself as rap artist Political Panic, with a pro-Trump hip-hop song, “Make America Great Again.” Demar and his friend Gray Devio, a classically trained musician and producer, released the video on Wednesday on YouTube, where it’s received more than 3,500 views.
Demar released an album as Kid Panic in 1991 and achieved moderate success in music and as a radio DJ. He drifted into the business world as his entertainment career fizzled, starting up restaurants and franchises for Wahlburgers, but a heart attack last year got the 39-year-old thinking about his true passion.
“I always had that thing where I wonder what would have happened if Facebook was around back in the day,” Demar said. “When I was laying in that hospital bed, a year ago, I was thinking I wish I could get back to that music.”
The problem was Demar didn’t know what to rap about at his age, a “different stage of his life,” he said — his restaurants? Credit card bills? Inspiration struck when Demar became interested in Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“Matt came to me with his idea, he’s very pro-Trump,” said Devio, 35, who is based in Dix Hills. “I agreed and we wrote the song in one day.”
Devio said the entire project, including the video shoot around Manhattan and Queens with a stop at Trump International Hotel, took four days in mid-September.
Demar, dressed in a suit with a red tie, dances throughout the city while singing and rapping “Make America great again.” A man wearing a Hillary Clinton mask joins him in some scenes. The video also includes footage from some of Trump’s rallies.
“Definition of a true American, the only candidate in this election that can lead the country in the right direction,” Demar raps.
The song addresses Trump’s plan to build a wall at the Mexican border, his stance on jobs and the economy and Clinton’s email scandal.
Demar said he appreciates Trump’s business experience and the fact that he says what’s on his mind. He wishes more younger voters would listen to Trump, which is why he decided to make the video.
“I would say to myself, what can we do to make some of the younger people where they’re more aware and I thought through music,” he said. “The main thing in hip-hop is keeping it real.”
It was the first overtly political project for both Devio and Demar. Devio said he’s dabbled in musical projects that are tied to issues like immigration, but nothing he’s done so far has taken on a direct political message.
Devio said he hopes the song and video get enough attention to make it to Trump himself and his campaign.
“Hopefully they would consider adopting the song to promote Trump,” he said.
Demar said he’d just be happy knowing others are enjoying the video as much as he enjoyed being in front of a camera again.
“Whether you like Trump or not, I just want you to enjoy the music,” he said. “I want people to have fun with it.”