Things just ain’t the same for gangstas…
Back in the day, if a rapper had an issue with another rapper, they used to talk it out man to man, or they’d squad up and have a stare-off at the club or the street corner.
But in 2016, rappers are confronting their peers on Instagram and Twitter. Even among so-called friends.
T.I., who swears he is very cool with Lil’ Wayne, called his “friend” out on social media after footage of Wayne dismissing and disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement hit the web. Tip claims he was shocked and confused by the interview after he alleges his son and daughter showed him the clip, asking him what Wayne meant by the comments.
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
Lil’ Wayne, understandably, was rather unimpressed with T.I.’s social media soliloquy.
So here’s the deal: While what Wayne said about the Black Lives Matter movement was absolutely idiotic and reprehensible, a “friend” does not address this kind of thing on social media first.
If T.I. was truly concerned, he could’ve called Wayne or at the very least texted him. A friend gives a friend the benefit of having a PRIVATE conversation before airing them out publicly.
T.I. made it clear that he was ready and willing to put his on the hot seat. And for what? Extra followers and retweets?
If you’re going to go with a social media first approach, then definitely don’t call these people your friends. Get the attention you so clearly seek and keep it movin’.
P.S. T.I. needs to get his kids a new phone that doesn’t have a cracked screen on it.