(AllHipHop News) Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter found himself as the subject of significant backlash when the Young Money boss gave a bewildering answer about Black Lives Matter.
During an interview with Nightline, Wayne responded to a question about BLM by declaring, “I am a young black rich motherf-cker. If that don’t let you know that America understands black motherf-ckers matter these days, I don’t know what it is.”
Weezy’s “Swagga Like Us” collaborator Clifford “T.I.” Harris spoke out about the Nightline comments back in November.
“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 n-gga U TRIPPING!!!!” Tip posted on Instagram. “I don’t know what you goin thru, or what you are attempting to avoid but this sh-t is absolutely unacceptable!!!! You’re disrespecting yourself, bringing shame on your family name and tarnishing your legacy.”
The Atlanta-based emcee further addressed the Wayne-BLM situation while visiting the Sway in the Morning radio show.
“That was the most difficult thing that I’ve had to do because I still consider that one of my partners from as along as I’ve been doing this sh-t professionally. I got a lot of love and respect for him,” stated Tip. “It was a knee-jerk reaction because I was confronted by my kid asking me about it.”
The Us or Else creator added, “I ain’t gonna let nobody sit around and bash bro. I feel like I have that relationship with him where I can say that… He’s still a legend. He’s still, in my eyes, one of the greatest to ever do what we do. In a way, I did it so other people wouldn’t be able to do it… I feel like everything I said, I said out of love.”
T.I. also stated his IG message was more for Wayne’s young followers than it was for the New Orleans native.
“You need to correct the kids. Bro is a grown, rich ass man. He’s gonna do what he do and feel how he feel. It ain’t really about correcting him. You’re speaking to him, but you’re really trying to get the message across to kids that follow him,” explained the Hustle Gang founder.
Besides working together on music, T.I. and Wayne have been connected with each other in other areas.
Both southern rap stars are artist-owners of the Tidal streaming service.
Their daughters – Zonnique Pullins and Reginae Carter – were once members of the R&B/Pop group The OMG Girlz.