Rapper/actor Tip Harris better known to all as T.I. has a special interest in this past election season and civil rights in a whole this past year. The rapper who is known for not holding his tongue has been vocal on police shootings, Donald Trump and the system in a whole. He went as far as to meet with the likes of Harry Belafonte and the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, to ask for advice. He even released two projects an EP, “Us or Else,” followed by a full album, “Us or Else: Letter to the System,” now Tip has taken it to a series of open letters.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, T.I. explain his President Obama’s lasting legacy, noting his influence on hope.
In his open letter to the President, Tip thanks Obama for all his accomplishments while reflecting on the work that the nation still has ahead.
“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.”
Read the full transcript here.