Famous Black rapper, T.I. describes Lil Wayne’s comments about Black Lives Matter as ‘completely unacceptable.’
One of America’s popular Black rappers, Lil Wayne has ignited the fury of his fans and some of his colleagues following some contentious remarks he made about Black Lives Matter. Lil Wayne made his distasteful comments about the Black movement during an interview with ABC’s Nightline. Wayne’s comment has attracted a response from America’s finest Black rapper; T.I. Below is an assemblage of the niceties of the full story from reliable sources. Read further to know what T.I. said about Lil Wayne and his comment about the Black Lives Matter movement.
TI has labelled Lil Wayne “embarrassing” following the rapper’s comments about Black Lives Matter.
Lil Wayne has caused controversy in recent weeks by seeming to belittle the movement that started in response to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Speaking to ABC Nightline, Lil Wayne said: “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. I’m a young black rich motherfucker. If that don’t let you know that America understand black fuckin’ lives matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
The rapper later said he had been angered by the interviewer’s tone. He told TMZ: “When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labelled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated. From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”
However, this hasn’t been enough to placate TI who, despite a close relationship with his fellow rapper, spoke out about the comments. In a lengthy Instagram message on 7 November, he posted a video of Lil Wayne’s interview with a caption saying: “Wayne I’ve known you over a decade. Our daughters grew up together practically … I KNOW you wired a bit different than most other responsible adults, but still n—- U TRIPPING!!!!”
Lil Wayne says he doesn’t feel connected to Black Lives Matter movement. Watch tonight on Nightline at 12:35am ET. pic.twitter.com/28eBGfpSja
— Nightline (@Nightline) November 2, 2016
Lil Wayne’s critical comments about Black Lives Matter struck a major sour note with another top-flight rapper.
Hip-hop star T.I. blasted the “Lollipop” rapper and deemed his controversial remarks “unacceptable” three days after Wayne said he doesn’t feel connected to the movement since it has “nothing to do with” him.
“U TRIPPING!!!! I don’t know what you goin thru, or what you are attempting to avoid but this … is absolutely unacceptable!” T.I. began in a long-winded Instagram missive directed at his fellow rapper on Saturday.
Wayne, 33, sparked outrage last week after he distanced himself from the movement by seeming to suggest in an interview on ABC’s “Nightline” that he’s not affected by Black Lives Matter due to his celebrity status.
“I am a young, black, rich m—-rf—er,” he told host Linsey Davis. “If that don’t let you know that America understand black m—-rf—ers matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
The rapper, who got visibly more irritated as the interview wore on, also opined that the horrific wave of police shootings of African-Americans shouldn’t all be grouped together and given the Black Lives Matter label.
T.I. Says Lil Wayne’s Black Lives Matter Comments Are ‘Completely Unacceptable’ https://t.co/ToR46OrNAM pic.twitter.com/EfEdU8HSo6
— Hitz 100 (@hitz100radio) November 7, 2016
T.I., who says he has been proud to call himself a fan and friend of Wayne, went on to offer the Grammy Award winner help to assist with his knowledge on social issues but urged him to stop “coonin’.”
“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.”
After being alerted to Wayne’s comments by his children, T.I. uploaded a clip of the interview to Instagram along with a lengthy, impassioned caption, imploring the Tha Carter III rapper to change his stance on racism and rescind his comments.
T.I. wrote, before reminding Wayne of his potential impact as a celebrity with an enormous platform. “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.”
T.I. continued, saying he’d be willing to talk to Wayne to further his understanding of race relations in the United States.
The “Live Your Life” rapper also noted if Wayne’s stance on racism and the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t change, he’d have no choice but to cut ties with the “A Milli” rapper.
“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.” he wrote. “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,” T.I. continued. “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.”
I’ve developed an all new level of respect for Tip troubleman31 he’s not boxed in like these… https://t.co/Zy1Pw5BOXA
— itsmecrystal (@crystalflagg84) November 6, 2016
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“Bro if you don’t stand for something out here, all the money, jewelry, cars, mansions, bandannas & hit records don’t mean” anything, he writes, using a stronger word. “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!!!”
T.I. goes on to offer to “share whatever knowledge or understanding I may have to assist your growth & development,” but warns Wayne to “STOP this buffoonery … you out here doin. You looking like somebody who has something to gain or lose by pretending like it’s not as bad as Black Lives Matter making it seem & you’re not aware of an issue that needs to be addressed.”
The rapper says he’s 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 themselves…So be it.”
He closes by asking Wayne to “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.”
This is an insult to all Black people and Lil Wayne needs to render an unqualified apology to all Black people and his fans. It is a total disgrace on his personality to rubbish the Black Lives Matter group and to turn his back on the very Black people who have supported his music career. On the other hand, T.I has exhibited maturity and gallantry to stand up for oppressed and marginalized Black people in America. His attitude is actually worth emulating. Wayne needs to learn from that.