‘Hip-Hop Ain’t Never Been About Hurting Innocent People:’ T.I. Mad Over Boston Bomber-Rap Connection

April 20, 2013  |  

If you were curious why “TMZ Reports” was trending on Twitter yesterday with the most hilarious rap lyrics ever, it was because the “you heard it here first” gossip site published a story with the headline “Dead Bombing Suspect Heavy Into Rap.” Almost immediately, the site was side-eyed for reporting that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old suspect believed to be responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing who was killed yesterday, had an email associated with the website, Real-hiphop.com, insinuating rap’s “violent” lyrics could have influenced his act of homegrown terrorism.

As much as people dismissed that overzealous — and inappropriate — attempt to identify a cause for Tamerlan and his brother Dzhokhar’s actions, nobody was not having that explanation more than T.I. See on top of being a rapper, the King of the South’s image was used in a promo screen grab related to the soon-to-be developed website, connecting him not so indirectly with this heinous occurrence.  And that’s why he sought to clear his name, and rap’s, telling TMZ not only does he not know anything about this real hip hop site, he knows for sure rap has nothing to do with what these brothers did.

“Hip hop narrates the activity and conditions of our culture, it doesn’t create them,” he said. “Hip hop ain’t never been about hurting innocent people.”

As far as Boston goes, he said the event last week “was a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the families involved.”

Set ’em straight T.I.P.

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  • Yah

    Yeah, cuz Black women and men don’t count as “innocent people”. Insert eye-roll here. Really?? So much of rap has been ALL about hurting innocent people! T.I. needs to G.T.F.O.H.!

  • IllyPhilly

    America’s favorite scapegoat.

  • sabrina

    Is it so hard to believe that precious fairskinned folks can do heinous and horrible acts all on their own accord?!?!?! I’m awaiting the day the media acknowledges this.

    • IllyPhilly

      Me and you both girl, ’cause they were tryna throw EVERY rapper under the bus for that. I heard NPR Jay-Z several times about that White kid’s tweets, and texts, and ish.

    • IllyPhilly

      Me and you both girl, ’cause they were tryna throw EVERY rapper under the bus for that. I heard NPR Jay-Z several times about that White kid’s tweets, and texts, and ish.

  • Toya B

    If they’re going to blame RAP music for peoples actions, then they should also blame BOOKS, MOVIES & TV SHOWS…Why is always the rappers being blamed? I watch a lot of TV & there are always people being murdered, raped, tortured, burnt, ran over, etc. Let’s be real here, These people CHOOSE to do the things they do…. MOST of these movies and songs are just someones IMAGINATION or came from a real life event that HAPPENED IN THE PAST, it’s not promoting violence. I’ve been listening to music, playing video games and watching movies all my life and you don’t see me going around killing or hurting people..POINT THE FINGER AT THE PERSON WHO COMMITTED THE ACT…smh!

  • Mina

    These people will associate and blame anybody or anything as long as it’s not associated with white American culture. I halfway don’t believe those boys did anything and they needed to blame someone so they just pinned on them. Come on…. like who throws bombs out the window in a police chase. Please please please show me the bomb they threw out the window in a police chase. I can understand shooting at the police because you are in fear of your life and liberty and you just became the enemy of the state, but bombs? Who just has bombs laying around in their dorm or house on deck ready to throw at police that just popped up at your house and nobody else saw them. Something aint right about this whole story. We believe too much stuff that the media puts out.

    • Chey

      Nice try. People are crazy these days. Don’t be ackin brand new.

      • LadieNight

        Girl Bye!!

    • mac

      is your tin foil hat fitted or snapback?

  • Akiko

    There probably is no connection between Hip Hop and what the terrorist brothers did, but Hip Hop is not at all innocent in the messages it promotes.

  • Kenedy

    Well….technically, a lot of the lyrics in hip hop, nowdays, involve hurting people in some way or form. But that doesn’t mean that the music should be blamed for other people’s actions, that’s a far stretch & isn’t going to get them anywhere. If these kids listened to country music, the news wouldn’t mention that. Heck, CNN felt the need to point out that most Chechnyans are muslim…OK…thanks for the mention, but you know if they were protestant, they wouldn’t feel the need to mention that.