By Annie Reuter
T.I. had some harsh words for Lil Wayne following the rapper’s appearance on Nightline, in which he admitted that he doesn’t feel connected to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a lengthy message on Instagram, T.I. included a portion of Lil Wayne’s Nightline segment and said his children first brought the clip to his attention.
“This is my son and daughter showing me this for the first time & asking me what you mean? I’m at a complete loss of words here,” T.I. said. “You’re disrespecting yourself, bringing shame on your family name & tarnishing your legacy.”
In the interview, Wayne dismissed the Black Lives Matter movement which formed in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin.
“I don’t feel connected to a damn thing that ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. I’m a young black rich motherf—er. If that don’t let you know that America understand black f—in’ lives matter these days, I don’t know what it is,” Lil Wayne said when asked how he felt about Black Lives Matter.
The comment sparked T.I.’s lengthy reply:
“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–!!!! 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.”
T.I. closed his letter by offering Lil Wayne some advice:
“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,” he concedes. “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.”