Donnie Trumpet is no more. Fresh off his successful collaborations with Chance the Rapper on Coloring Book, Donnie Trumpet is retiring his stage name.
Nico Segal shared a note on Twitter and Instagram and asked people to “call me Nico.” “Something heavy was looming over me — Donald Trump — and the connection people are drawing between his name and mine,” the trumpeter wrote following Trump’s presidential win.
He explained that the stage name “began as a joke, a silly play on words,” but now he cannot see the humor in it. Segal wrote he wants to disassociate himself from the President-elect. “I don’t want to be connected to Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood.”
Segal concluded his message with pride. “I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me…I couldn’t stand to ever hurt them, or you.”
Read Nico’s heartfelt message in full below.