T.I. on Lil Wayne's Black Lives Matter Comments: 'This Sh*t Is Absolutely Unacceptable'
T.I. addresses Lil Wayne's Black Lives Matter comments with a lengthy Instagram post.
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T.I., like many of us, has no idea what’s going on with Lil Wayne.
Earlier this week, Tunechi received a wave of backlash after sharing his thoughts on Black Lives Matter. His controversial comments were made during an interview on ABC’s Nightline, in which the 34-year-old rapper was asked to comment on the nationwide movement.
“[BLM] just sounds weird […] I’m a young, black, rich motherf*ker; if that don’t let you know that America understand black motherf*kers matter these days, I don’t know what it is. Don’t come at me with that dumb sh*t,” he explained. “My life matter, especially to my bitches.”
His comments about being disconnected to the movement were met with outrage, and have now prompted T.I., Wayne’s longtime friend and collaborator, to call him out through a lengthy Instagram post.
“I'm at a complete loss of words here,” T.I. wrote. “Wayne I've known you over a decade […] 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 ni**a U TRIPPING!!!! I don't know what you goin thru, or what you are attempting to avoid, but this shit is absolutely unacceptable!!!!”
The Atlanta rapper went on to accuse Wayne of disrespecting himself and tarnishing his legacy. He also tells Wayne he is setting a bad example for his family by attempting to use materialism and financial success as a way to dismiss the issues facing the black community.
“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!!!,” he wrote. “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!!!”
Shortly after the Nightline broadcast, which he reportedly tried to block, Lil Wayne made an effort to defend himself.
"When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated," the rapper told TMZ. "From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses […] Apologies to anyone who was offended.”
But apparently, his excuse and apology weren’t good enough for many of his fans, including T.I. You can read his full Instagram message above.