T.I. is one of many artists voicing their opinion regarding Lil Wayne’s comments on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Last week, Lil Wayne sparked major controversy regarding his comments on the Black Lives Matter movement during his interview with ABC’s “Nightline”. Among the many activists who have spoke out against Wayne’s recent comments, a few notable rappers have also voiced their disagreement. Recently Jeezy, who is a long time friend and collaborator, claimed Wayne’s disconnect on the topic stems from his stardom at a very early age. Wayne himself admitted on a recent interview with Skip Bayless, that his life has been blessed from the start and never really had to deal with racism in his career. Vic Mensa also spoke out recently and condemned Wayne’s comments as “ignorant, selfish, and isolated”.
Yesterday, T.I., one of Atlanta’s most influential people and biggest public supporters of the BLM movement, took to instagram to offer a lengthy response to Lil Wayne. TIP, addresses the niche world Wayne seems to keep himself in lately, the long standing personal relationship between the two rappers and reminices of the times, their daughters played at each others house (read the full post below).
@liltunechi This is my son & daughter showing me this for the first time & asking me what you mean? I’m at a complete loss of words here. Wayne I’ve known you over a decade. Our daughters grew up together practically. Reginae’ spent countless times at my house with Niq-Niq when you were in prison & you extended my daughter the same courtesy when I was in the same position. Our relationship outside of music is what makes me sensitive to your disposition. I KNOW you wired a bit different than most other responsible adults, but still nigga U TRIPPING!!!! I don’t know what you goin thru,or what you are attempting to avoid but this shit is absolutely unacceptable!!!! You’re disrespecting yourself,bringing shame on your family name & tarnishing your legacy. You have children (including mines prior to now) that have looked up to you. You have sons & a daughter that depend upon your leadership. Bro if you don’t stand for something out here,all the money,jewelry,cars,mansions bandannas & hit records don’t mean shit!!!! Our people are being oppressed!!! We are being hunted,captured & slaughtered out here daily!!! You have to get outta that bubble that you’ve been living in & get out here & educate yourself on what’s going on around US!!! I’m always here to share whatever knowledge or understanding I may have to assist your growth & development,but u MUST STOP this buffoonery & coonin’ you out here doin. You looking like somebody who has something to gain or lose by pretending like it’s not as bad as BLM making it seem & you’re not aware of an issue that needs to be addressed. That’s what would be considered “Uncle Tom Shit”…. I know U,YOURE BETTER THAN THIS!!!!! I’ve been proud to call myself a fan & a friend of Lil Wayne ,but if that must end in order to stand up for those who can’t do it for themselves…So be it. If you’re not prepared for a question in an interview,say No Comment Bro. But stop embarrassing yourself & everyone out here who’s been supporting you. There is no middle ground. Oppression knows no neutral party,either you’re part of the oppressed,or you with the oppressor. There is no such thing as oppression not affecting you. It’s #USorELSE out here
While the frustration of the BLM movement towards Wayne’s perspective is understandable, it’s important to note that Wayne has many times this year expressed his physical and mental exhaustion as a result of his continuing problems with Cash Money and CEO, Birdman. Lil Wayne is clearly not in a place to take on the weight of the world at the moment, which could offer another explanation for his disconnect with current social issues.
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