There are a range of opinions of Kanye West’s controversial visit to the White House, but few were as calculated and impassioned as T.I.’s. The Atlanta rapper, who just dropped his tenth album, had been one of Mr. West’s few figures of support in the wake of his MAGA turn.
The two collaborated on “Ye Vs. The People” this April — and apparently, T.I. is one of the people. Kanye’s chummy meeting with President Trump, which was in part to celebrate a music modernization initiative, was too much for T.I., who unloaded on Kanye on Instagram. He noted that he was “trying to be patient” with his friend and frequent collaborator’s pro-Trump rhetoric “and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye & his antics,” but watching Kanye hug Trump was some “next level, futuristic Sambo, Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass sh*t” that he couldn’t stand.
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Now I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye’& his antics… Partially due to the lessons learned from the outcome of other similar situations dealing wit my brother Wayne (which I admittedly mishandled a bit in hindsight) But now this shit is next level,futuristic Sambo,Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit Ye!!!! From what I can gather… This is the most repulsive,disgraceful, Embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power I’ve ever seen. Now I recall you asking me to come with you to have this meeting and I declined (naturally)… but bro… if ain’time I would’ve been in there wit you and you behaved that spinelessly in my presence,I feel that I’d be compelled to slap de’Fuq outta you bro For the People!!! You ass kissing and boot licking on a whole new level &I refuse to associate myself with something so vile,weak,& inconsiderate to the effect this has on the greater good of ALL OUR PEOPLE!!!! I’m a true believer in “It ain’t what you do,it’s how you do it.” And this shit is regurgitating🤮! At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you… now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you. To all the people who follow Ye musically,socially, or even personally….who are confused, heartbroken, infuriated…. Let me make this clear… THIS SHIT AINT COOL!!! THIS IS A MOVE YE MADE FOR YE!!! THIS IS A PLAY TO PUT HIM IN A POSITION HE’D LIKE TO SEE HIMSELF IN…WE ARE NOT ON HIS MIND AS HE MAKES THESE COMMENTS AND DECISIONS. Don’t follow this puppet. Because as long as I’ve lived I’ve learned that it benefits a man nothing at all to gain the world,if to do so he must lose his soul. We just saw Mr.West’s Soul on auction. If you listen closely you can hear the tears of our ancestors hit the floor. All I can say is… I’ve reached my limits. This is my stop,I’m officially DONE!!!! 🖕🏽Trump & His Lil Cookie Boy. #USorELSE✊🏽
He divulged that Kanye invited him to come along to the White House, but T.I. said no to what he believes turned into one of the most “embarrassing acts of desperation & auctioning off of one’s soul to gain power” he’s seen. Kanye has been extolling Trump and saying his MAGA hat makes him feel like a superhero for months, but apparently today’s visual of them together – a stark contrast from his stoic, post-mental breakdown appearance at the Trump Tower in January 2017 – was too jarring for many like T.I. Who knows if the lines of communication will remain open between Troubleman and Kanye West, but Kanye can’t say he doesn’t know exactly how T.I. feels about him.