There was so much disappointment, pain, shock, and anger from the internet and black culture, alike after witnessing Lil Wayne downplay the current state of Black America and the Black Lives Matter movement last week during an interview for Nightline.
True Lil Wayne fans have been around long enough to experience culturally conscious songs from Wayne such as a popular favorite, Georgia Bush. Therefore, Wayne’s Black Lives Matter comments leave fans rather confused and highly alarmed.
After catching wind of Lil Wayne’s comments from his bewildered yet very curious young son and daughter, T.I. took to Instagram to publicly address Lil Wayne’s stance on the issue and let the world know how unacceptable those comments were just in case any were influenced to believe otherwise.
In his Instagram post T.I. stated:
@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
Furthermore, T.I.’s Instagram post did not necessarily sit well with everyone — Lil Wayne’s daughter, Reginae, specifically. This isn’t Reginae’s first time having to come to her father’s defense and it probably won’t be her last. In the comments of T.I.’s post she wrote:
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T.I. has yet to respond to Reginae nor has Lil Wayne took the time to respond to T.I. What do you all think about T.I.’s public statement to Lil Wayne? Was it appropriate or could it have been handled differently?