By Marissa G. Muller
On “New National Anthem,” featuring Skylar Grey, T.I. however takes a zoomed-out look at the recent police brutality and continued racism in America.
“I know radio prolly ain’t gonna play this,” he says, kicking off the track, “But chopper going off in the hood man like Afghanistan or the Gaza strip somewhere man / Yeah, we hear it so much we probably numb to it by now/ After all, it’s the American way right?”
T.I. addresses other injustices in America as well like problematic drug sentences and unequal pay, asking questions that deserve answers. “Let me ask you something/ If the kids are the future, tell me why you can get more for being C.O., than you can for being a teacher,” he raps. “Tell me why it means more to the government to pay the people who got to watch over the prisoners/ more than the people who got to keep the children from becoming prisoners/ That make sense?/ Tell me why nine ounces of crack will get you more time than a rape right now/ Tell me why them crazy white boys can tote a gun but I can’t right now.”
T.I.’s guest-heavy upcoming album Paperwork is reportedly out sometime between Sept. 23 and Oct. 22.