Earlier this afternoon (July 26), Tip commented on a clip of DaBaby’s performance last night, which The Shade Room shared on his Instagram page.
“If Lil Nas X can kick his shit in peace… dababy should do it,” he said, including a shrugging man emoji. TI closed the comment with the hashtag #equality.
Tip was quickly criticized via social media for his stance on DaBaby’s homophobic rhetoric, which was said in the same performance where Baby was seen dodging a shoe thrown at him on stage.
One person said: “You all confuse freedom of speech with respect. Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean you should. Have respect for people and speak in a positive, not negative way. Clear and simple. “
Another wrote: “It is literally not the same, one is in their self without apologizing and not hurting anyone in the process and the other is hate. This comparison that you keep trying to make between the two artists is not the drag you think it is. “
TI took to Instagram Live a few hours later to expose his IG comment.
“There’s nothing in the world that is going to make me hate anyone just because they’re doing something different in the bedroom than me,” Tip started. ” This is not my business. This is not my business. Zero. I don’t care what you do. “
The rapper’s reality TV star went on to say, “I have a lot of respect for muthafuckas like Lil Nas X and muthafuckas like Frank Ocean. The muthafuckas who come out and live their truth. Honest with themselves. Are you digging? A lot of you are muthafuckas out there hiding your truth. “
In a separate part of the livestream, TI talks about homophobia, denouncing it as categorized as such.
“You can’t make anyone homophobic,” he says. “Just because I’m proud of who I am doesn’t mean I hate what you are, period.” There is no way to confuse or distort it. There is no hate. There’s no hate in that, bruh. “
He then compares Lil Nas X’s previous videos and award-giving performances to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s flagship video for their joint track “WAP”.
“Like the Lil Nas X shit, the performances and the videos,” he explains. “Dude, I have a lot of respect for bruh because like I said he had the courage to live his truth, but this shit is not for me.” It’s just not for me. I don’t have to search and I don’t want my kids to see it either because their minds haven’t developed to a place where they can wrap their minds around these types of experiences and these types of. visual presentations. in their perception. Are you digging? “
Tip adds, “And I feel the same about the ‘WAP’ video. I actually enjoy the ‘WAP’ video a little better, but still feel the same. It’s the same thing. “Have the ‘WAP’ video, you will definitely have the video of Lil Nas X. And if you have the video of Lil Nas X and he lives his truth, you will definitely have people like DaBaby going to talk about they are real and there is nothing wrong with any of these. “
As for DaBaby’s controversial remarks, the rhymer said on the main stage of Rolling Loud last night: “If you don’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, one of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases. that will kill you in two to three weeks, turn your cell phone light up. Ladies, if your pussy smells of water, put a cell phone light up. Guys, if you don’t suck dick in the parking lot, put your cell phone lights up in the air. “
Lil Nas X has sparked a lot of conversation from his music videos. In April, the openly gay rapper received disapproving remarks from many, including members of the hip-hop community such as Joyner Lucas and Sada Baby, regarding his “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video, which contains homoerotic undertones and emissions. Nas X takes a trick on Satan.
Nas X’s performance at the 2021 BET Awards was also a hot topic as he wrapped up his show by exchanging a kiss with one of his male dancers.
In Lil Nas X’s latest visual, “Industry Baby” starring Jack Harlow, he takes a similar approach in the risky video, showing naked men in the prison-themed clip. Nas X responded to comments over the weekend, which accused him of not fighting for gay rights, but instead claimed he was “selling to promote the sexual irresponsibility that causes young men to die of AIDS. “.
Nas X said, “You all keep quiet when niggas devote their whole catalog of music to rap on having sex with several women.” But when I do something sexual from a distance I’m “sexually irresponsible” and I kill more male helpers, you all hate homosexuals and don’t hide it. “
While there have been endless conversations around homophobia and homosexuality in hip-hop, tons of people online think TI is defending DaBaby and comparing Baby’s comments to music videos and performances by Lil Nas X is irrelevant and that the two topics have no correlation.
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