T.I.'s in a tiff with TMZ again. This time, the King of the South takes a stance to defend the entire culture of hip hop against a blatant reach to connect the genre to one of the Boston bombing suspects, in specific and violence in general.
Last week, among a series of media gaffes that occurred as news outlets attempted to understand the possible motivation for the Boston bombings, TMZ posted an article headlined, "Dead Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Heavy Into Hip Hop." Within the article, the only evidence presented was that Tsarnaev has an email address associated with the site Real-HipHop.com.
The TMZ staff writer then offered: "Hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women. Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn't take his shirt off much because he doesn't want women to get bad ideas, adding, 'I'm very religious.' This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre."
Along with the oddly linked diatribe, the site posted a screenshot from Real-HipHop that includes T.I.'s picture.
Now, according to TMZ, T.I. is "pissed," "upset that the hip hop genre is now connected to the bombers" (TMZ's words).
He told the site, "Hip hop narrates the activity and conditions of our culture; it doesn't create them … hip hop ain't never been about hurting innocent people … [the Boston bombing] was a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the families involved" (T.I.'s words).
T.I. previously called out the site during Lil Wayne's very public health scare when a post was published stating that Lil Wayne was being prepared to be read his last rites. The two are embarking on the America's Most Wanted tour this July.
Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police last Friday (April 19).
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