T.I. appears to be heavily involved in politics and his release of his EP “Us or Else” and “Letter To The System” confirms this. The Atlanta rapper has penned a series of open letters to President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, and the country as a whole.
Rap-up tells us that the first of these, a heartfelt letter to the outgoing president, was published in The New York Times. In an interview with the paper, Tip explained President Obama’s lasting legacy, noting his influence on hope.
“Not only did you impact a nation, but you defined a culture and you shook up and woke up a generation,” he writes. “A generation that unfortunately fears more than ever being further wounded, overlooked, abused, neglected and having to fight for what we now understand is not such a basic right and that is the plight for equality and basic human dignity.”
Tip told New York Times that his message was to say that whatever you are, whatever color your skin is, you don’t have to be a white man to be president. He went on to discuss how Obama opened the door to show that efforts can be paid off in huge capacities as long as you continue to work and educate yourself. Agreeing with Tupac Shakur’s 1998 lyrics about the nation’s views on race and the presidency from Shakur’s Changes, “We ain’t ready to see a black president”, Tip believes President Obama changed that with his role in the white house and promises that we still can remain committed to causes that are bigger than ourselves.
The last hurrah arrives just a short time before Jan. 20, Obama’s final day in office and on Jan. 6 Obama threw his last party in the White House.