Soon after, a lot of his fans abandoned him, a few artists did as well but T.I. went the opposite route and paid him a visit.
During that meeting, Tip told Kanye he was being thoughtless by aligning himself with Trump, and the Chicago rapper attempted to explain himself. Eventually, their conversation turned into the song “Ye vs. the People,” which only took 45 minutes to create.
T.I. talked about the song, as well as his visit with Kanye, while promoting the film the “The Ant-Man and the Wasp,” where he plays the character Dave.
“We have a high level of respect for one another, and I think the conversation was had with a high level of respect and admiration on both sides, and we just wanted to share our views,” said T.I.
“I wanted to pick his brain, get his thoughts so I could have a better understanding of where he was coming from and what he was attempting to say. I wanted him to do the same for me, and we did that successfully over a five-hour period, and at the end of it, we just decided it would be dope if we did a song that detailed the highlights of the conversation,” he added.
Back in May, Kanye released footage of that conversation, where he explained that although he doesn’t agree with everything Trump does, he admires how a non-politician won the election. Afterward, he and T.I. discussed the “Ye vs. the People” song and delivered their verses.
Then, just one day after that meeting, Kanye released the cut, which T.I. said was very brave of him.
“I never thought he’d put it out because of the blatant honesty,” he explained. “Because I actually wanted to say things that I felt people walking the streets would say. I wanted to give it a very organic feel … I think it was extremely courageous of him to just put it out the next day regardless of the adverse opinion that it may receive from his fans.”
You can listen to T.I. talk about Ye below at the 8:36 mark.