Rapper T.I. Addresses George Floyd Protesters in Atlanta


T.I. spoke in Atlanta on Saturday at a protest held in response to the death of George Floyd.

Tip was among other rap stars at the event, including Lil Baby and Young Dro.

Video captured by Shar Bates shows the three rap stars linking and greeting each other at the #HBCUs4BlackLives protest organized by Dr. Jauan T. Durbin and Mary-Pat C. Hector.

Audio of T.I.’s speech featured an impassioned plea to protest-goers to stay committed to fighting injustice.

“Don’t let anybody else commandeer your mission,” T.I. said to the crowd during a speech. “Don’t let nobody else who don’t have justice and peace on their heart, who don’t have change in their heart, get out here and undermine your movement.”

“America has an incredible debt to pay,” the rapper continued. “And for those of us who ain’t a part of repaying that debt, all we got to do is get the hell out the way.”

The rapper’s comments came after two week of protests around the country that followed George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd died after an officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

On Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced aiding and abetting murder charges against former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao in the death of George Floyd, while increasing the charge against Officer Derek Chauvin from third to second-degree murder.

During his speech, T.I. encouraged fellow protesters to come together to instill change, and commended organizers for putting the event together.

“Everybody got to do our part for us to get into a greater tomorrow,” the rapper said. “And I’m just so proud of the young generation, I’m so proud of the young people that’s up here with me, because I saw them put this together in no time.”

T.I. remained hopeful, telling the crowd he “can’t see it getting no worse.”

“We’re gonna start right here, right now, and we’re gonna continue to keep it in our hearts, in our minds, in our efforts, in our energy, and in our actions moving forward,” he continued.

He also emphasized the urgency of all people to be involved.

“I don’t care what color you are, as long as you’re on the side of righteousness,” he told the crowd.

“I don’t care how old you are, as long as you’re old enough to know the right thing to do. I don’t care how much money you got, as long as you’re willing to sacrifice some of yours to dedicate it to the movement.”

He also thanked the people from his city. “Atlanta is Atlanta because of us,” the rapper said.

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