Lil Wayne‘s recent interview on ABC’s Nightline has gained the NOLA native much backlash from fans and colleagues, after making comments, dismissing the Black Lives Matter organization, as well as what it stands for. In the Nightline interview, when asked about Black Lives Matter movement, and if he felt he was affected by racism, Wayne stated:
“I am a young black rich [expletive],” he continued. “If that don’t let you know that America understand black [expletive] matter these days, I don’t know what it is. That man white. He filmin’ me. I’m a ni**a. I don’t know what you mean. Don’t come at me with that dumb shit, ma’am. My life matter, especially to my [expletive].”
Torn at Wayne’s comments, T.I. has taken to social media to express his angst, reflecting on his long lasting friendship with Wayne and his disappointment in the YMCMB presidents opinion:
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
T.I. continued to voice his concern in the tone of a loving/caring relative, giving a reality check, while also willing to inform Wayne on the impact of his comments, and that of the Black Lives Matter movement. Check out T.I.’s full post above.