By Hayden Wright
T.I. was in the thick of New York City protests against the election of Donald Trump, supporting a rally on Wednesday night (Nov. 9) that closed part of 5th Avenue and drew a reported 100,000 people. The rapper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to explain why he decided to join the demonstration, and stressed that he harbors no illusions about the work that needs to be done.
“Nobody in their right mind can ever assume that just gathering and going somewhere and showing your incredible disdain for a decision that the nation has made that that will actually do anything immediately,” he said.
Nevertheless, T.I. (who says he now wants to be called TIP) says he was trying to set an example of political engagement for his children.
“I voted and I’ve done everything that I could prior to now, but after the decision of the election happened, I just want to be able to look my kids in the eyes and make sure that they know that I did everything that the Constitution allowed me to do to show my objection to this decision,” he said.
The high political tensions in America connect to the rapper’s forthcoming studio album Us or Else, which he describes as a “protest album” for civil rights and racial equality.
“It’s protesting against police brutality,” T.I. said. “It’s in memory of all the young men and women who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement unnecessarily out there in the communities with no accountability whatsoever. I just really want to see the nation head in a better direction.”