Rapper Lil’ Wayne has been catching a lot of flack for his insensitive comments about how he doesn’t connect to the Black Lives Matter movement, however, rapper T.I. is not letting his friend (or should we say former friend) get away with this one! In an IG post recently posted on his page, T.I.P. publicly sent Wayne a message of clear disapproval of the things he said in a recent Nightline interview:
“@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”
And while we were hoping that Wayne would eventually come around and see where he probably messed up in this situation, his assumed answer to T.I.’s post was very short and simple:
While we all know that the testosterone in this industry runs very high, we can definitely say that we agree with what T.I. is saying. After all, these men are a reflection of Black communities across the nation. How they choose to use that influence is completely up to them.
In contrast to Wayne’s behavior concerning the Black Lives Matter movement, T.I. has publicly showed his support for the movement through his new videos and songs like “Warzone” and “We Will Not.”
And although we feel that the comments made by T.I. were valid, we also hope that this mini feud is short-lived. Let’s not forget that their daughters have grown up together, and Toya, the baby mother of Lil’ Wayne, is also best friends with T.I.’s wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris. May reconciliation be in the near future! In the meantime, take a look at T.I.’s video for new song “War Zone”!