According to the rapper, West and Harvey — as well as other hip-hop stars, athletes and minorities who are scheduling one-on-ones with Trump — are being duped by the president-elect to promote his “hidden agenda” to gain the support of the African American community. “I’m gonna tell all you celebrities — black, white, minority, athletes, all of you — there’s a strategic plan that people are trying to make you a part of. So do not accept any invitation to have any meeting,” says Tip in the first of his three Instagram videos.
In the second clip, he suggests that Trump is using West and Harvey as pawns to lure in voters he couldn’t win over during November’s election. “They seen how adamantly against him being president the hip-hop community and young black people in America was, so what do they do? They get Kanye West. He’s their representative. They listen to his music. They buy his shoes. They go see him in concert. Well, surely, we’ll take a picture with him. He smiles and he says he’s cool with it. He’ll fall right in line,” he says.
He adds, “You got black women. You know, they were against it. Well, who speaks to the black women? Steve Harvey. Let’s get him in here. He’ll take a picture. He’ll smile. He’ll say it’s cool. He’ll fall right in line.”
In the third clip, T.I. sharpens his focus on West, Harvey, NFL legend Jim Brown, and Martin Luther King Jr. III. “Kanye. What the f–k you doing? Steve, man you know way better than that, man. Jim Brown? Really? Martin Luther King? It’s yo’ goddamn daddy birthday, bro.”
“The deck has always been stacked against us in this country. With every generation there has been strategic steps taken to oppress, imprison and control US. All we’ve ever wanted was equality and empathy as the historically disenfranchised citizens that we are, in a nation that we’ve contributed to just as much as anyone else who calls America their home,” he pens.
In the past, T.I. has been vocal about his opinions of Trump and his supporters. In an interview with TMZ last year, he asked Trump supporters to abstain from purchasing any of his music. “If he supports all of [Trump’s] actions, I honestly don’t want him to buy my music,” he said. “I’d rather he didn’t. That’s not the road that I travel down. Some things is more important than money to me.”
Last December, West had a meeting with Donald Trump following his hospitalization. West then tweeted that their discussion pertained to “multicultural issues.”
Take a look at T.I.’s Instagram clips below and read his full letter for President-elect Trump here.