Yesterday Q-Tip took to Twitter to give Iggy Azalea a lesson on the history of hip-hop. The series of tweets came after Iggy callously dismissed Azealia Bank's valid comments on the white washing of the genre. Now T.I. has tweeted in response to Q-Tip and in defense of his artist Iggy. He argues that not all white people want to exploit hip-hop and that the truly talented white artists are merely inspired by the culture.
who U may not share many things in common with besides #HipHop. Understanding the plight assists U in knowing how to accept,respect...— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
& live in harmony even without a boatload of similarities.— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
Also what I think my big Bruh kinda left out is that OUR people (blacks in America,& HIPHOP) have had much less qualified White People— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
come along & manipulate our culture for their own pers gain. This lead to an almost incoherent overly defensive, paranoid sense of...— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
"All White People Wanna Steal Our Shit" mentality. Now as difficult as this is to believe.... We think all white people who do our shit...— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
gotta kiss our ass or we don't like em!!! "Dey shady!!!" (Lol No pun intended) But me knowing U,Eminem,and a handful of other...— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
(just so happen to be) white people who were inspired by our culture allowed ME TO SEE, that not all white people out to steal our culture..— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
There are some that merely wish to contribute to it. And I'd be less than ME if I didn't say that... If WE don't allow u guys the same...— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
...rights & respect we KNOW WE DESERVE in other areas of humanity... WE'RE ALL JUST A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES. AND THATS NOT HIP HOP!!!!— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
So in a nutshell, absorb da info...apply it where most useful,and above all KEEP SHINING,FOLLOW YOUR HEART,& STAY TRUE TO WHO U ARE!!!— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
I know u don't deserve all da negative shit that comes your way. But like I've told u before, it just kinda comes wit da territory...— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
when u gain so much positive attn SO FAST! It all balances out. I know u been broke,hungry& disgusted before,so I know u know just like I do— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
It COULD BE A LOT WORSE. If dis all U gotta put up wit/sacrifice to earn our very above average lifestyles....— T.I. (@Tip) December 22, 2014
Soon after T.I. started tweeting, Banks responded by calling him "indoctrinated and "conditioned."
I'm REALLY starting to realize how indoctrinated and conditioned T.I is. And I don't think I should tease him about it anymore.— CATTY NOIR (@AZEALIABANKS) December 22, 2014
He actually has no clue.....— CATTY NOIR (@AZEALIABANKS) December 22, 2014
Meanwhile Iggy herself has been completely silent, not tweeting since early Saturday morning. We'll have more as this discussion continues to play out.
Update: Twitter has been quick to criticize T.I.'s comments with #WhenTipTweets. Check out some of the best tweets below.
#WhenTipTweets you wonder how he can type and tap dance at the same time.— #BoycottAmerica (@Negro_Agitator) December 22, 2014
#whentiptweets I am reminded of how gravely important black studies courses are.— Ella Septima-Hamer (@Jbrous14) December 22, 2014
#WhenTipTweets u realize other Black artists will cape for white ppl appropriating Black Culture as long as they also get benefits from it.— JP Fairfield™ (@isitis) December 22, 2014