T.I. Addresses War On Drugs, Mass Incarceration in Latest Installment of Vevo's 'Why I Vote'

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T.I. attends the BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on Sept. 17, 2016 in Atlanta.

The latest video in Vevo's "Why I Vote" campaign, which aims to encourage youth to vote, arrived today (Oct. 4) and features hip hop artist T.I. The new video follows last week's series debut with Vic Mensa, who spoke on the subject of police brutality in his home city of Chicago, and all across America. T.I. tackles a different topic here, highlighting the war on drugs and mass incarceration. 

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In the clip, T.I., an Atlanta native, says he became all too familiar with people being "gone for a very long time," as he stood by watching friends and family members serve lengthy sentences for selling drugs. He says he was most affected by the incarceration of his uncle, "the only person who took some real time to mold me as a man."

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He continues to discuss the crack epidemic in impoverished black communities and says, in regards to mixing baking soda and water with cocaine to increase its potency, "We ain't no damn chemists. We didn't come up with that." In the video's final moments, the artist takes a step back and speaks to how the war on drugs has not only affected his life but the lives of so many -- primarily young men of color -- and has resulted in broken families and communities.

The "Why I Vote" video series will continue in the coming weeks with episodes from Kesha, American Authors and more. In the meantime, watch T.I.'s full video below.


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