[F]ew people could blame T.I. for his anger and protective instincts. That’s his daughter — “mines,” he said.
He’s also the same guy who once rapped, “Ay T.I.P. been bangin’ thick dames since he was 15/the click came ran trains if her shit clean.”
This woman, real or imagined for musical purposes, is someone’s daughter. Maybe girlfriend. Possibly mother. Someone else’s “mines.”
-Blackink12 explores casual misogyny and male responsibility through the lens of TI’s response to a guy who harassed his daughter online.
Here’s what I love about the post: TI’s hypocrisy (mc with frequently misogynistic lyrics catches feelings when his daughter becomes a target of those who came up in the culture he helped perpetuate) is just the starting point.
It’ll be interesting to see if T.I.’s experience leads him (or other similarly situated artists like Nas) to develop some empathy for the women who aren’t his daughters.
Blackink’s story reminds me of a story that a friend told me about being the lone female in one of the group sex scenarios that T.I. bragged about in What’s Your Name (and that Big Punisher rapped about all throughout Capital Punishment). I can’t share the story, but let’s say this: although she technically consented, it was a pretty ugly situation.
When it came to exaggerated sexual exploits in hip-hop, I always preferred the bacchanalian narratives (loose men and loose women having fun) over the harder aged ones that belittled women or were focused on the sex industry, but if I’m being honest, I never took much offense. Bitches Ain’t Shit wasn’t on repeat, but I didn’t exactly skip over the track when it came up in the rotation.
But after hearing the story, it was hard to ignore how ugly it all was beneath the playful euphemisms. When you hear about ‘running trains’, you don’t automatically think of the scared woman in a room with a group of unruly guys. Maybe we should.
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See also: No Forced Kisses for Your Kids
Goddamn, I love Will Smith.(via whydoihaveablog)
Some fatherly wisdom from Will Smith.