T.I. caught wind of what his friend Lil Wayne has been saying about Black Lives Matter, and the Atlanta-born MC is demanding it comes to an end.
Last week, Wayne maintained his earlier remarks on BLM, distancing himself from the movement.
“It ain’t got nothing to do with me,” Wayne stated after gloating about his success. “I ain’t connected to it.”
In response to Wayne’s remarks, T.I. wrote a lengthy Instagram post on Nov. 5 after he saw the interview.
“I KNOW you wired a bit different than most other responsible adults,” T.I. said in part. “But still n—- U TRIPPING!!!! You’re disrespecting yourself, bringing shame on your family name and tarnishing your legacy.
“Our people are being oppressed!!!” he continued. “We are being hunted, captured and slaughtered out here daily!!! You have to get outta that bubble that you’ve been living in and get out here and educate yourself on what’s going on around US!!!”
But that was not the worst of his critique. T.I. demanded Wayne “MUST STOP this buffoonery and 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 and you’re not aware of an issue that needs to be addressed. That’s what would be considered ‘Uncle Tom S—.’ ”
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@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
The post soon generated nearly 20,000 comments. And fans made their thoughts known on Twitter.
Chakra Kahan disagreed with T.I. posting his thoughts online rather than reaching out to Wayne directly.
It's actually pretty wack to me that TI posted all that shit on Instagram instead of calling Lil Wayne up.
— Chameleon Salamander (@ChaniThaHippie) November 7, 2016
But Twitter user Kandi thought the public statement warranted a public response.
Still, most of the defense for Wayne centered on how wrong T.I. – also known as Tip – was for airing his grievances over social media.
@KedzIsKing dismissed T.I. for acting “fake deep” on Instagram.
User Aaron Rogers thought Tip was just out for publicity.
TI just flexin for publicity, I guarantee you that he got Wayne's number
— aaron (@rogerrrsss) November 7, 2016
However, Franks Glitter felt puzzled by the continued support of Lil Wayne. She called out the lack of anger over Wayne’s comments to begin with.
Jake Ryan backed T.I. for calling out his friend and pointed out the many killings of Black men by police. The issue is something Tip has been vocal about lately. In October, Atlanta Black Star reported Tip educated boxer Floyd Mayweather for putting down Black Lives Matter.
And Tracey Dukes commended Tip for acting like a genuine friend.
REAL friends… check you the way TI checked Wayne… & maybe as a real friend Wayne had to see it Publicly from a Friend to even grasp it!
— Tracey Dukes (@TraceyDukes) November 6, 2016
It seems Wayne noticed his former collaborator’s Instagram message. He posted a short tweet Nov. 5 in response.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) November 6, 2016