T.I. is showing Lil Wayne some tough love in response to Wayne’s troubling comments about Black people and racism.
The two rap superstars have been close friends for over a decade, but Tip didn’t let that stop him from calling out his fellow man for the highly questionable comments he’s been making about not believing racism exists.
In a now-viral video clip taken from a tense interview with ABC’s Nightline last week, the Louisiana rapper is heard questioning the necessity of the Black Lives Matter organization, suggesting that him being a rich Black man in America is proof enough that Black lives matter in the country.
“I am a young, Black, rich m***a***ka,” Wayne says in the clip. “If that don’t let you know that America understands Black m***a***kas matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
He later took his comments even further, adding that he doesn’t feel connected to things that don’t have anything to do with him, after arrogantly stating that his life matters, “especially to my b*****s.”
T.I. addressed Wayne’s comments in a lengthy post on his personal Instagram page shortly after the video clip went viral. Among other things, Tip reminded Wayne that their daughters grew up together and suggested he stop embarassing himself, as well as those who have supported him throughout his career, by making statements that contribute to the oppression of African-Americans. Read T.I.’s message to Lil Wayne in full 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
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Wayne has yet to publicly respond to T.I.’s comments, but did send out this vague tweet shortly after the message was posted.
fk ya— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) November 6, 2016
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