As an MC, T.I. has had one of the most successful mainstream career trajectories. His sophomore album, 2001’s Trap Musik, set the tone for the rest of the decade, and by 2010 he had the double-platinum Paper Trail under his belt. The Grammy winner’s most successful singles have been largely the party anthems and romantic cuts, but the Atlanta, Georgia rapper has never shied away from making street recordsreflecting his environment.
Though “political” may not be one of the foremost adjectives used when describing his style, one would be remiss to ignore his recent song and its video, “We Will Not.” Visually, it’s a collection of photographs depicting images of protest (including one of Sean Price’s late wife, Bernadette, and Duck Down artists at a recent rally) and historic civil rights figures emanating from the television while T.I. languishes on the couch under the weight of today’s political climate. Lyrically, it’s one of his heaviest offerings to date featuring lines like “we sick of the garbage you kickin’ and teachin’/And lynchin’ us, lockin’ us up for no reason/And killin’ us, no consequences, convictions, you serious?”
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