It’s been a rough couple of days for Donald Trump and his campaign trail, and he has this man in part to thank for it. Yesterday afternoon, news began trickling to social media that there were more hijinks at a Donald Trump event, just roughly 12 hours after he was a no-show at his University of Illinois rally due to security concerns. The cancelled rally in Chicago Friday night turned into a party for protesters, who chanted the lyrics to Kendrick Lamar‘s “Alright” and bellowed “F*ck Donald Trump!” both inside and outside the venue the Republican front-runner was scheduled to appear in. Yesterday’s raucous began when a man wearing a Dreamville t-shirt rushed the stage Trump was delivering a speech on at a Dayton, Ohio event. He narrowly missed reaching Trump and was led away by security, but the image of him being led away in his ripped Dreamville shirt quickly went viral, and he’s become a hero to anti-Trump Twitter users. For those that don’t know, Dreamville is the movement-turned-record label started by J. Cole that currently houses acts like Bas, Omen, Cozz and more. In 2014, Cole signed a deal with Interscope records, which has housed the Dreamville imprint since.
Among the outpouring of support for the Dreamville-shirted man, who goes by @YoungLionKing7 on Twitter, is now J. Cole’s manager Ibrahim Hamad. After @YoungLionKing7, real name Thomas Dimassimo, complained that security ripped his shirt as they led him away from Trump, Hamad reached out to him to ensure the protester that he would be receiving a free box of gear.
— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) March 13, 2016