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Rapper Common uses Oscar performance to take aim at Trump, NRA

Rap artist Common took aim at President Trump and the National Rifle Association during his performance of his Oscar-nominated protest song “Stand Up For Something,” co-written with Diane Warren and sung by Andra Day for the movie "Marshall."

The Oscar-winning rapper mentioned the love for the people of Haiti and Africa, which the president reportedly derided as "shithole countries." Common also gave a nod to undocumented immigrants, women's rights and the recent gun violence prevention movement following the recent shooting at a Florida high school, which left 17 people dead. 

Check out his verses:

Verse 1

On Oscar night, this is the dream we tell A land were dreamers live and freedom dwells Immigrants get the benefits We put up monuments for the feminists

Verse 2

Tell the NRA they in God’s way And to the people of Parkland we say Asè

Verse 3 Sentiments of love for the people From Africa, Haiti to Puerto Rico[CHORUS]

Verse 4These days we dance between love and hate A president that chose with hate He don’t control our fate Because god is great When they go low we stay in the heights I stand for peace, love and women’s rights.

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