T.I. Writes Message Titled "An Open Letter to US" On Inauguration Day
T.I. has released the third and last of three letters. T.I.’s previous two letters were addressed to Barack Obama while the other was addressed to Donald Trump. The latest letter is addressed to “US” or “the Black community, the hip hop community or whoever is against the oppressive communities that have historically tried to bring us down.” The letter was published by Ebony along with an interview. T.I. has been highly political and outspoken as of late, particularly following the murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and countless others.
T.I.’s letter opens with him writing, “As I write this letter, I can’t help but express my frustration and concern for US. I also can’t help but question my contribution to the status of where we are. I understand that I too have been guilty of doing the very things that put us here. Even still, right now the state of our community is more alarming than ever. And while I know this letter may be misunderstood by many, unduly dissected and misconstrued by most others, I still need to write and speak about these things that deeply concern me.”
The letter, which is titled “An Open Letter to US,” warns against materialism, hopes for higher investment in black businesses, and urges “US” to fight oppression. About a month back T.I. dropped the surprise and politically charged album Us Or Else: Letter To The System. The project, which was a follow-up to T.I.’s EP Us Or Else, boasts features from Quavo, Meek Mill, B.o.B, Big K.R.I.T., The-Dream, Killer Mike, Charlie Wilson, and others. If you haven’t already, scroll down to listen to Us Or Else: Letter To The System via TIDAL.