Rapper T.I. had a foot-in-mouth moment when an interview he did with DJ Whoo Kid made the rounds yesterday. In the clip he claimed that he couldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton to become President of the United States because she’s a woman. While the mere notion is problematic, T.I. committed to his chauvinistic logic by saying:
“Not to be sexist, but I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”
First and foremost, Tip is a felon and couldn’t vote if he wanted to. Consequentially, T.I. was tried, convicted and damn near sentenced to death in the court of public opinion over his comments. The most infuriating detail in this whole matter is T.I. is the pot calling the kettle beige. Tip has positioned himself to be a loving level-headed husband, businessman, and father with his hit reality show “The Family Hustle,” but the “King of the South” has a history of making rash decisions of his own. In fact he quickly apologized on Twitter hoping that we’d all act “kind of like it didn’t happen.”
Let’s look back at some of the most irrational decisions T.I.’s made in his decade and a half long rap career.
Buying Machine Guns (2007)
The catalyst for the Atlanta rhymer amassing enough machine guns to outfit a small third-world army was tragic. T.I. and crew got into a fight with some people running their mouths. Tiny’s husband won the brawl, but took an important loss when his friend and bodyguard, Philant, was shot and killed in retaliation. The incident had Tip so shook he stockpiled an arsenal like he was ready to start World War III from his garage. The ATF caught him trying to cop more weapons and locked his ass underneath the jail. After all of that, T.I.’s lawyers somehow managed to get the Grand Hustle leader only a year and change behind bars and the sentence was differed a year so he could release an album before he went in. Nobody’s calling him a snitch, but something doesn’t add up.
Getting Caught With Drugs In The Car Seven Months After Prison Release (2010)
T.I. finally got a taste of the free world when he was released from prison. However, it seemed like Tip really just wanted a taste of the narcotics. Seven moths after his release, Tip was busted riding in his Maybach with what was suspected to be weed and ecstasy. Tiny was also thought to be riding around and getting high and both were arrested and released on $10,000 bail. Once again, the couple dismissed any wrongdoing leveled against them. However, somebody had to be on something to think making an illegal U-turn on L.A.’s famed Sunset Boulevard was the smart choice. Then again, sitting in L.A. traffic will drive you to substance abuse.
Allegedly Getting A Hand Job From Tiny During Prison Visitation (2011)
Prison is a rough and lonely place. T.I. allegedly received some southern comfort in the form of a hand job from his wife, Tiny, during one of her visits. Once reports hit, T.I. and Tiny both denied she was going Joe Jackson on his Johnson. Tiny claimed T.I. was reprimanded because the rules for visitation state visitors and inmates must keep their hands on the table at all times and her hands weren’t visible to the COs at the time. Fans reacted like a parent who’s amused by all the effort you put into a specific lie that they still see right through-we all nodded and said, “Riiiiiiiight!” The warden put T.I. on punishment for his teenage-like behavior.
Threatening Haters On Instagram (2012)
One thing to know about T.I. is that he will step to you if you get out of line with his family. He’s like a Dr. Seuss character; He will pop on you here and there. T.I. will pop up on you anywhere–including a Fatburger or the comments section on Instagram. Tip defended his daughter, Zonnique’s honor when a young man asked her when he would be able to get inside her sugar walls. T.I. was having none of it and told the forward fan that a bounty could easily be put on his life if he ever spoke to Zonnique that way again.
Since we know T.I. has had access to small weapons of mass destruction, the threat wasn’t taken lightly. That young man better have the ATF waiting on standby because Clifford Harris doesn’t play.
Signing Iggy Azalea and Defending Her Crap (2013)
First things first, Iggy Azalea raps like Mushmouth on Speed. However, the Australian culture vulture gained a following and T.I. capitalized on the opportunity to make her a star in America. “Fancy” was a smash so people allowed Azalea to cook for a minute. That is until they heard the rap lyric where she called herself a “runaway slave master” and then had the audacity to get upset when Black Twitter snatched her lace front over it. Iggy said she was getting bullied and Black Twitter was having none of it and offered her a stadium full of seats. Azalea’s been plagued with problems. Her tour got canceled due to low ticket sales. Hell, T.I. even broke up with her publicly, but backpedaled so fast our heads spun when Iggy claimed she and her mentor were still as thick as thieves. Nice try, T.I., but we don’t believe you. You need more people. And who told you “No Mediocre” was a good idea? Fire them immediately.
Twitter Beefing With Azealia Banks (2014)
Azealia Banks actually has skills on the mic, but people can’t reconcile her skills with her stank attitude. T.I. felt as Iggy Azalea’s mentor and friend, it was his job to defend her whenever her authenticity card was pulled. Banks regularly goes after Iggy like Django killing slave owners on a quest to find Bromhilda. Tip stepped in when Iggy Azalea was chosen as one of XXL Magazine’s Freshmen in 2012. Banks was pissed because of the aforementioned cultural appropriation and blasted Iggy and XXL on Twitter. T.I. said in reference of Banks, “If you spend half your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got time in your day to worry about anybody else.” Never one to back down from a challenge, Azealia Banks hopped back on Twitter and lit his ass up like he was the practice dummy in 3 Ninjas and Grandpa just told her to light up the eyes. Banks blasted T.I. for being corny, involving himself in beef between two women, and profiting from the blatant homogenization of our culture.
He and The Game Get Into Intense Standoff With Police At The Club (2014)
This is what happens when you shoot first and ask questions later. The Game and T.I. were hanging out at L.A.’s Supper Club when one of their mutual friends wasn’t allowed inside. Things between security and the rappers’ entourages escalated when a punch was thrown at security and a scuffle ensued. As the fight is going on, someone ran in the club and told T.I. and The Game the police were beating up their associates. The pair of rappers come running outside ready to fight as if “Knuck If You Buck” has been playing on a loop inside their heads. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed before anything could go down with the police because T.I. was still on papers at the time. A judge was looking for any reason to thrown this felon back in a cell.
Fight With Floyd Mayweather
We already told you T.I. will fight anyone over his family, even a trained boxer like Floyd Mayweather. Things apparently got heated when T.I. asked Mayweather to stop hanging out with his wife Tiny. Mayweather allegedly responded by saying, “Control your b***h.” Tip swung on the boxing champ and wound up allegedly getting his eyes dotted. The altercation took a turn for the hilarious when Harris posted a video online refuting claims Mayweather gave him black eyes. T.I. famously asked, “Where dey at doe?” and the internet went nuts with memes and song remixes. The line got so popular newscasters were annoying co-workers by dancing to the song. As stupid as the fight was, we’ll forgive him for this one because the aftermath was so entertaining.