T.I. took to social media this past weekend to respond to Lil Wayne over his recent controversial Black Lives Matter comments on ABC’s Nightline. T.I. — who is good friends with Wayne, wrote, “I’m at a complete loss of words here. Wayne I’ve known you over a decade. Our daughters grew up together practically. 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 U TRIPPING!!!!”
He continued, “I don’t know what you goin thru,or what you are attempting to avoid but this sh*t 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 sh*t!!!! Our people are being oppressed!!!”
TO WAYNE: ‘YOU’RE BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!’
T.I. went on to say, “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 Sh*t’…. I know U,YOURE BETTER THAN THIS!!!!!”
The rapper/actor added that he’s been proud to call himself a “fan & friend” of Wayne’s but if their friendship must end “in order to stand up for those who can’t do it for themselves . . . so be it.” He also advised Wayne to say no comment if he isn’t prepared to answer certain questions during interviews.
He ended his post with, ” . . .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.”
Wayne responded, tweeting, “fk ya.” The rapper apologized for his comments last week, saying that was frustrated about the interviewer’s line of questioning about his daughter Reginae and he didn’t put any thought into his answers after that.