When It Comes To Partisan Politics, T.I. Stands On Neutral Ground

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Rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris) in studio at 92.3 NOW FM in NYC. Photo: Joe Cingrana, 92.3 NOW

Rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris) in studio at 92.3 NOW FM in NYC. Photo: Joe Cingrana, 92.3 NOW

Maria Bonello
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The 2012 presidential election has everyone from reality stars to political figures to rappers heated up about who should take top office for the next four years.

This certainly isn’t the first time hip-hop artists have gotten involved in the political race. We can all remember back in 2008, when Diddy endorsed the Rock the Vote campaign as a way to educate and engage young people in the political-sphere. Or Jay-Z’s recent $4 million fundraiser for President Obama at his 40/40 club in NYC.

Gone are the days of doing it with some dignity and class.

A recent Twitter battle between Chicago Rapper Lupe Fiasco and Actor/Comedian D.L Hughley has sparked some debate. Hughley was outraged because Lupe doesn’t believe in voting. Lupe fired back via Twitter:

He also tweeted that rappers shouldn’t “kiss a**” for Obama to win the election:

But what does T.I. think about other celebrities’ blind support of political figures?

“I don’t kiss nobody’s a**. I don’t care who you is,” said T.I.

According to the Atlanta native there is a difference between fully believing in something or someone – as everyone is entitled to expressing their own opinions –  and just plain kissing up because that is what is publicly accepted.

“If you really don’t feel like this or you really don’t know anything about what you’re saying and you’re just speaking out of your neck – as my grandmama used to say – I think that’s kissing a**, man. But if you really support this man and his policies and procedures then you have every right to support him, publicly or privately,” said T.I.

Photos: T.I. In Studio @ 92.3 NOW

Another actor who is getting involved in the 2012 election is Samuel L. Jackson with his campaign Wake the F*** Up, also in support of President Obama.

“Wow, classy. That ought to cover a lot of ground; make some headway. That’ll shake em up” said T.I., shocked by the campaign’s name.

-Maria Bonello, 92.3 NOW/NYC


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