(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.
@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 n#### U TRIPPING!!!! I don’t know what you goin thru,or what you are attempting to avoid but this s### 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 s###!!!! 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 S###”…. 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