Rapper T.I. Harris lashed out at actress Raven-Symoné for reposting an Instagram post that was critical of rappers who glorify drugs, killing, and misogyny in their music and music videos.
The drama started when Raven took to Instagram.com on Saturday and reposted a group photo of rappers including JAY-Z, T.I., Sean Combs, Yo Gotti and more at JAY-Z's Roc Nation party in New York City.
The image was originally posted by rapper Speech (of the group Arrested Development), with the text:
"A group of so called 'successful' black men(minus Khalid racially) who became rich and famous from perpetuating the worst black stereotypes to the ears and eyes of the entire planet like drug dealing, pimping, murdering other Black men and disrespecting Black women."
Raven only shared the post -- she didn't write the text. But that didn't matter to people who don't read.
T.I. clapped back -- at Raven rather than the original source -- by reposting a quote from from author Oscar Wilde that says “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
He then directed his anger toward Raven, stating: "Our sins ain’t no greater than yours ma’am. The air must be thin as hell up there on that high horse you sittin on. Somebody please let me know...WTF up wit shawty?"
T.I. is typical of rappers who attack more vulnerable targets (women and children) rather than to check the man (Speech) who originally posted the critical message.
This is reminiscent of Dr. Dre beating up on female journalist Dee Barnes for something rapper Ice Cube said.
Do better, T.I.
#KEEPPERSPECTIVE I listen to many of these brothers art and I respect certain things about them. But it is imperative that we don’t lose sight of the simple truth - these men were CONGRATULATED by a white supremacist culture for degrading black men and women, portraying us as disposable as a cockroach within their lyrics. They taught and glorified the drug, pimp, prostitution, stripper and gang game, and led many impressionable people down a path that they have paid heavily for, while these “successful dudes got paid! This is not a Diss, it’s a reminder, that all that glitters ain’t gold! True black power is not this, its despite this!