Longtime friends T.I. and Lil Wayne are finding themselves at odds over Weezy’s recent “Nightline” comments dismissing the Black Lives Matter movement.
Claiming his children were showing him the controversial Tunechi segment for the first time, Tip went on a lengthy Instagram caption tirade against his frequent collaborator.
“I KNOW you wired a bit different than most other responsible adults, but still ni**a U TRIPPING,” T.I. wrote. “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.”
From there, Tip went on to claim that financial wealth means nothing in the face of injustice. “Our people are being oppressed,” he wrote. “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!!!
“u MUST STOP this buffoonery & coonin’ you out here doin,” he continued, before comparing Wayne’s behavior to that of an “Uncle Tom.”
“I’ve been proud to call myself a fan & a friend of Lil Wayne,” he added. “But if that must end in order to stand up for those who can’t do it for themselves…So be it.”
For his part, Weezy had previously apologized for his comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. He said he was frustrated with the interviewer’s line of questioning about his daughter and gave “no thought” to the Q&A after that.
On Saturday, he also seemed to respond to T.I.’s post. It was a simple four letter statement: “fk ya.”
Wayne’s comments on “Nightline” seemed to dismiss the BLM movement. “I am a young black rich [expletive],” he said. “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].”
However, in the past, Wayne has also been in favor of the movement, shouting “Nothing else matters ’cause Black Lives Matter” at a concert.
T.I. recently released his politically-charged EP Us or Else, in which he also celebrates Black Lives Matter, while denouncing racism and injustice.