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“Home Of The Brave And Free, Free Just To Murder Me”: TI Drops “New National Anthem” In Honor Of Michael Brown
Earlier this week we told you that T.I. took to Instagram to speak on the unrest in Ferguson. In the first post he spoke about the role “ignoring & mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people” has played in all the protests and fury spreading through Ferguson. But in a second post, he had some stern words for violent protesters and looters taking advantage of this sad situation:
“What I see us doing is just as futile as swinging wildly into the wind,waiting on the air to get tired. One question to MY PEOPLE: What are we changing…Really? Look at us. Destroying our own community, but continuing to spend money in theirs. Refusing education… re-volving in the same cycle of ignorance instead of e-volving out of it. I must admit that I TOO am disgusted wit America’s treatment. I TOO demand change. But Goddddaaaaamn man…. Look at us!!!!!”
But just that quick, in the same vein of Lauryn Hill and J. Cole, T.I. has turned around and put out a song about not only the killing of Michael Brown, but Trayvon Martin and the injustices that black people are dealing with in general. The track is called “New American Anthem,” and I will say that it’s pretty good. As he said on Instagram, “know dis may ruffle some feathers…. But my people need to hear this…. BAD!!!!” At the end of the song, T.I. has some questions that need an answer:
“Let me ask you something. If the kids are the future, tell me why you can get more for being C.O., than you can for being a teacher. Tell me why it means more to the government to pay the people who got to watch over the prisoners, more than the people who got to keep the children from becoming prisoners. That make sense? Tell me why 9 ounces of crack will get you more time than a rape right now. Tell me why them crazy white boys can tote a gun but I can’t right now. Yea I had felonies, I done did dirt in the streets, but I ain’t ever gave it to anybody that didn’t deserve it. You know what I mean? I ain’t ever ran in no public place with no pistol shooting no innocent people. I ain’t never ran in no school, killing no kids. Man this is the result of you refusing to deal with the issues at hand. We are a product of the environment you placed us in…we aint do it…we just lived through it.”
Check out the song for yourself below and let us know what you think:
From The Grio
In an August 7 interview with Chris Witherspoon for MSNBC.com, T.I. addressed the ongoing feuding between female hip hop emcees including Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim.
Minaj allegedly threw “shade” at Iggy Azalea at this year’s BET Awards during her acceptance speech for Best Female Hip Hop Artist.
And last week, Minaj caught the attention of Lil’ Kim after appearing on Beyoncé’s “Flawless” remix and delivering the line, “the queen of rap, slayin’ with Queen Bey,” prompting Lil’ Kim to release a diss record targeting Minaj titled “Identity Theft.”
T.I. said feuding in hip hop is inevitable, especially when women are involved.
“They’re women, okay. All due respect to women … but that’s what women do,” T.I. said. “You can catch women waiting on the bathroom and they are like, ‘what are you doing? I was right here first. What are you doing?’”
“I just think that it’s a competitive sport already in hip hop, and anytime that you have women who have to compete for acknowledgement in the same area … [feuding] is inevitable. But they’re women … let them handle that.”
Read more on T.I.’s thoughts on Yonce’s artistry at TheGrio.com
T.I. recently stopped by “The View,” where he discussed his ninth album, “Paperwork,” rumors that his marriage is in trouble and when he intends to bow out of the rap game. Check out some highlights from his interview below.
On his new album, “Paperwork:”
“It’s different for me just as far as the sound from T.I. that people have grown to know and love. It’s been merged with the new level, ahead of the curve sound of Pharrell Williams. He’s executive producing it. So Ijust think it allows me to approach audiences from a different angle.”
On video vixens knowing not to get too close:
“If you notice, there’s just certain parts of the torso that you got to keep [away from]. Yeah. You know, you give a little shoulder and then bring it on back. Just keep it respectful.”
On rumors that his marriage is in trouble:
“What that mean? As long as they say there is trouble in paradise because trouble is inevitable, but it’s okay as long as paradise is still there.”
On learning to cook:
“You know, I sat around and got hungry one day.”
On when he’ll leave rap to be a full-time actor:
“I have a certain number of albums in my head that I think I may have to still offer the industry and then I’ll pull back and apply my efforts and energy to other areas of entertainment.”
It seems like he and Tiny are going to be okay, which is great news.
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Tiny recently stopped by The Breakfast Club, where she spoke candidly about a plethora of different topics including her marriage to T.I., that infamous Mayweather photo and Xscape’s throwback beef with Biggie Smalls. Check out a few highlights from her interview below.
On meeting T.I.:
“His first record was out, but it didn’t do so good. He was just a little young man. He’s a little bit younger than me. It kind of took me a a minute before we started dating because he was so young, but he was cool. He was sweet and very nurturing. He made sure he was real protective. I liked all that.”
On if industry man can be faithful:
“I mean, I would hope so. I hope for it to be possible.”
On being a ride or die:
“I was just kind of sitting back in the cut letting him do his thing and I was falling back. I felt like that was a part of, you know, riding with him because that’s kind of what he needed at the time. Then, you know, all of the jail sentences, you know just being there. I’m down to make him feel like the king.”
On her relationship being under the microscope:
“It is what it is. We living a real life here and however y’all wanna see it or take it…what you see is what you get. I mean, some of the rumors and sh– ain’t true, so I don’t really get all in my emotions.”
On if she hung out with Floyd to make her husband jealous:
“I was not. I mean, who didn’t want to go to the fight? I was in the picture with a whole bunch of people, so.”
“It’s just a picture, you take plenty of pictures all day, everyday.”
On women claiming that they’ve been with T.I.:
“I don’t really go into all that. A lot if the stuff they say, I know ain’t true. It don’t really bother me. I don’t bring it up unless I feel like it got some kind of substance to it, but not nothing from Instagram or anything.”
On T.I.’s mom telling them to work things out on social media:
“She’s new to social media and doesn’t really know how it works yet. She’s just thinking, ‘Oh, this is where they talk. The young people talk on social media.’ So she did it and I think she didn’t know that everybody is watching you.”
On Biggie dissing Xscape back in the day and calling them ugly in a song:
“We did feel a kind of way. We were working on our 2nd album and Jermaine was like, ‘Biggie here. He wanna come to y’all show.’ We were like, ‘Hell nah! No!’ Then he came and Jermaine was like, ‘He wants to talk to y’all. He wants to meet y’all.’ We were like, ‘No!’ But the night that he passed, we were at the party and he asked to talk to me and Kandi. Kandi was like, ‘I’m not going over there. I don’t wanna talk to him.’ So I was just like I’m going to go over there and see what he’s talking about.”
“He just apologized and said that he should’ve never said it and how he was ugly too and how you guys look good now. And that was that. I just told him we weren’t feeling him at all. But I was glad we got to talk before he passed. It was on March 9th, the same night.”
Watch Tiny’s full interview on the next page.
Tiny and T.I.’s marital woes have taken center stage over the past few months, but it appears that the reality TV couple is committed to working through whatever problems they may be facing in their relationship. It just so happens that today the reality stars are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary. In honor of the special day, Tiny took to Instagram with an affectionate message for her rapper hubby.
“4 yrs ago @troubleman31 made me The Mrs. Harris, this was the best day ever!! My own Fairy Tale Wedding….El Debarge singing “All this Love” for our first dance and @iamjamiefoxx sung me dwn the aisle. It doesn’t get much better than that!! Happy Anniversary to the man I LOVE, my husband!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”
Her message was also accompanied by photos from their ceremony.
Tiny recently spoke about the issues that she and her husband are experiencing and the two songs that they recently released about one another.
“I’ve had people say, why not just talk to your husband about all this instead of talking to him through a song,” the singer-turned-reality-star told Vibe’s Aliya S. King. “Please believe, I’m doing that too! You’re not in our house. You’re not in our conversations. You’re not in our bed at night. This song is not all there is to this relationship.”
“Will our music affect our real-life relationship? I really don’t know,” she continued. “I mean if it does, I hope it’s in a good way. Hopefully, it works out in our favor in the end. All I know is that I’m working on it. We’re working on it.”
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If you have Janelle Monae’s latest album Electric Lady, then you already know the title track goes incredibly hard. It’s the perfect anthem for a woman doing her thing, having fun and loving life. So we’re so excited that Janelle Monae has finally released the video for the song I adore.
The concept for the “Electric Lady” video is that Monae is leaving her house, complete with a shot of her real mom cooking in the kitchen, to go kick it with her sorority sisters at a house party. And just like any other house party, dancing, stepping, flirting and even a bit of stunting ensues.
The video gave me such a joyous, nostalgic vibe that I found I couldn’t stop smiling. You’ll also notice that the video features a few guest appearances from people you’ll be happy to see pop up. Sadly though, Solange, who provides vocals on the track was not present. Sad face.
Anyway, it’s still awesome. And if you happened to attend an HBCU, you’ll especially relate to this video. Take a look at the visuals for “Electric Lady” below and let us know what you think about the song and video in the comment section.
The Lord above knows that T.I. and Tiny are getting on my last nerves with their very public and very messy relationship drama. Why these two can’t seek private counseling instead of putting all of their business on front street is beyond me. But anyway, in the latest Harris family saga, T.I. has released a new track entitled “Stay.”
It’s not quite Robin Thicke 2.0. but he certainly makes it known that he loves Tiny and would like to work on their relationship. And I’ll be damned if the song doesn’t sound good…even though T.I. doesn’t sound all too remorseful with lines like:
“I ain’t trippin cuz you caught me out there but your reaction to it pushed me further out there.”
Really, Clifford? You mad your wife flipped the eff out when she realized you weren’t being faithful to her? So much drama in the LBC.
In addition to reminiscing about their early dating life together, their wedding and the love he still seems to have, T.I. also managed to throw a shot at Tiny’s friend and ride-or-die, Shekinah, calling her an “education-hatin broad.” Not going to even lie, I chuckled.
Interestingly enough, Tiny and T.I. may have been working on their songs at around the same time. The video for Tiny’s “What The F@#k You Gon Do” was released the same day T.I.’s “Stay” was uploaded to YouTube.
Hmmm…Wondering if this is his response, or if the song was already in the works.
Anyway, check out a few more of the lyrics and take a listen below.
“Remember when you got a tattoo, put my name on it.
Put you in a wedding dress with a train on it.
I went spent a whole mill just to go chill in Miami
I’ll be damned if she don’t know my love real.
How dare you compare me to dude? Girl, chill.
Might be so close up on it you don’t see what it is.
Shawty, I’ll die, kill for you if you keep it real.
Go to jail. Even if I gotta kneel, I will.”
I ain’t trippin cuz you caught me out there.
But your reaction to it pushed me further out there.
I can’t see you with no me.
But you left me, and I’m just me.
So I’m gon be what they gon be.
And I know he want you, but they want me.
Girl, together or apart. I bet you’ll be forever in my heart.
I swear. If anything we end it here I know it’s hard.
I’ll never love that way again, I swear to God.
I be breakin down. You be playin hard.
She chose to bid low. Watch how you play your cards.
And now you runnin round town with education-hatin broad.
Goin at me, got me hot. But hol up. How is they involved?
And you can’t say that I ain’t changed
your whole life since we met that day.
And when we get it right, God bless that day.
But until then, I just pray.”
And as if we needed any further confirmation, when asked if these songs have been written just to keep things interesting or if they reflect the truth, Tiny told Dish Nation:
They’re both very personal. They’re very straight from our heart. I can say that these songs…they’re our life story…Yeah.
We can tell, honey.
Thinking that perhaps T.I.’s little outburst at Azealia Banks yesterday in which he called her a “musty mouth thot” was just something said in the heat of passion, TMZ caught up with the “No Mediocre” rapper in the streets of LA to ask him what all the drama was about.
Not feeling much more calm than he was earlier in the day, T.I.P kindly reminded the camera man that his stance on life is”No disrespect. From no one. At no time. No exceptions. Period.” And then he proceeded to announce that he’s a”real ni**a” and left us with this gem: “I’ll chew your throat off your neck if I need to because I have an oath to honor and respect and to maintain that respect and the integrity of my family.”
I would say somethings about the lack of respect the rapper’s been showing his wife as of late but I rather not be on the receiving end of his threats so I’ll just leave you with this video below and you can see what this man is talking about firsthand and judge accordingly. Thoughts?
“If U Speak Ill Of My Family Again….. I WILL END YOU!!!!!!”: TI Slams Azealia Banks Over Tiny Comments
We told you today that Azealia Banks made some disrespectful comments about Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Tiny responded. But she’s not the only one.
Although Banks deleted the Tweet, T.I. still saw it and took to Instagram to respond, which was one fine, but then he took things to the next level with a threat:
But Banks isn’t backing away slowly. The rapper went on her own tirade on Twitter:
“The ni**a shouting bad b***hes this bad b***hes that, is almost always at home with some busted bumpkin.”
“rap is not real. These ni**as are all fronters.”
“But your wife has meth face.”
“And your wife can’t read.”
“I saw you backstage at Kanye and you had nothing to say.”
“I stood next to you ON PURPOSE. To see if you would say something.”
“I’m taller than you in my heels.”
“Come see me ni**a.”
“And come by yourself.”
“this grown a** man with kids went and cropped his favorite part of the atlantis video and really threatened to put hands on me LOL”
“niggas really do be hella pu**y. u went to jail a million times for guns and drugs and are gonna turn around and threaten some girl.”
“yea i shouldn’t of said it, BUT SO WHAT, IT WAS FUNNY, really had to take it to threats?”
“This is not a good look for you black man, it really isn’t.”
“you’ve already been to jail for drugs and guns, your wife can’t read… can you be more of a statistic?”
“You see what i mean when i say hip-hop is a minstrel show?”
“I BET HE WON’T DO S**T. But sit and simmer, and watch the rest of the atlantis video.”
She also claimed that she was going to sue T.I. for his threats, even saying “Ni**as love jail,” but again, she deleted those tweets.
I’m still trying to figure out why Banks brought Tiny into her issues with T.I. And while I can appreciate him trying to defend his wife, the whole “people fall down stairs” thing was the wrong thing to say on a public platform. Just saying. But all in all, both of these individuals have to do a lot better.
Harlem-born and bred MC Azealia Banks is reportedly taking shots at someone again, but this time, it’s both T.I. and Tiny.
If you didn’t know their background, Banks had some words for T.I. in 2012 when she made some comments about T.I.’s protege, Iggy Azalea, that he wasn’t too fond of. He said this in an interview about Banks:
“If you spend half of your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got no time in your day to worry about nobody else.”
Of course, Banks didn’t take too kindly to that, responding to him in a long message where she basically told him to stop getting involved in women’s issues and called him corny (and used quite a few expletives and what not). That would be one of the first times they had a back and forth (him on a more public platform like radio, Banks on Twitter), but it wouldn’t be the last.
As I said, that was in 2012. Fast forward to now. According to AllHipHop and Bossip, Banks took to Twitter yesterday to take a jab at T.I., his wife, Tiny, and his new song “No Mediocre,” which is about wanting the best looking woman on his arm. It features Iggy Azalea.
T.I. has not responded to such statements, but Tiny did post this on her Instagram late last night:
As I’ve said in the past, Banks has bars and if you give her music a chance you might like it. But anything else that doesn’t have to do with the music is always foolishness that takes away from her talents. It’s a shame really…Oh, and good comeback Tiny!