In case you haven’t noticed, TV hosts usually win. He or she is the professional, they do interviews every day of their lives, and they’re going to make their point with or without their guest’s help.
But not when T.I. is in the house.
The Atlanta-bred rapper visited The Daily Show with Trevor Noah a couple nights ago. They talked first about T.I.’s reality show Family Hustle, before Noah moved on to a common criticism --
T.I.’s been a major player with Black Lives Matter over the past few years, supporting it in interviews, protests, and even on his records. Which is great, except it leaves a lay-up for critics: if you want to promote change, how can you in good conscious write lyrics about violence? The term ‘hypocrite’ could easily be applied.
But T.I. had the absolutely perfect response:
“People need to take into consideration that hip-hop traditionally has always been a reflection of the environment that artist had to endure before he made it to where he was. So if you want to change the content of the music, change the environment of the artist and he won’t have such negative things to say.”
Safe to say that put Noah on his heels.
T.I.’s also recently been vocal in support of 49ers back-up quarterback Colin Kaerpernick. He wrote on Instagram, “Listen, I respect the troops. I respect their efforts. However, I also acknowledge that black soldiers fought & died in WW2 to defend freedoms & liberties overseas that they couldn’t even receive for themselves when they made it back home as veterans. Me standing UP (or not standing) for mines shouldn’t be taken as an insult against yours……”
You can check out T.I. on the Daily Show here: