O.P.M.—How can I explain it? I’ll take it frame by frame it.—
OK, that’s enough of that.
During a speech in Kenansville, NC, on Tuesday, Donald Trump explained his philosophy for doing business on the world stage with a glancing referencing a ’90s Hip Hop classic.
“It’s called O.P.M. I do it all the time in business. It’s called ‘other people’s money’,” Trump boasted to the crowd. “There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money because it takes the risk—you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk.”
Trump was referring to his plan to build a refugee “safe zone” in war-torn Syria that would be funded entirely by Gulf States, a policy that, like his Mexican border wall, relies on Trump’s supposed ability to coerce foreign nations into footing the bill for U.S. projects.
The phrase O.P.M. appears to be a reference to the 1991 hit single “O.P.P.” by American hip hop trio Naughty by Nature—a song that recounts episodes of infidelity and cuckoldry using the mantra “other people’s property.”
Trump’s modification to “O.P.M.” isn’t new either. In an oral history of “O.P.P.,” rapper Treach, a member of the group, explained that the concept of O.P.M. was part of the genesis of the song. “The actual phrase ‘O.P.P.’ came about from an OG in our ‘hood, Mu [Mustafa] Brown,” Treach recalled “He always used to say, ‘I’m down with O.P.M.: other people’s money.'”