Rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny were accused of sexual abuse and sex trafficking by many women last month after a mutual friend of the couple Sabrina Peterson detailed her abuse at the hands of T.I. on social media.
The couple are not taking the allegations lightly and currently no charges have been meted out against them for the allegations. Their reality series, T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle has been put on indefinite hold as well.
Now the rapper has opened up about the allegations and the current situation. While speaking on The Shade Room for a virtual interview, T.I. was asked about how he is able to handle his image in front of the media.
The rapper said that any Black man in a position of power are likely to be challenged and ridiculed.
“Focus on my truth and my purpose,” said T.I. “You know what I’m sayin’? Can’t nobody tell me about me. You dig what I’m sayin’? Your opinion of me will never overrule my opinion of myself. Your fantasy of me will never overrule my fact of myself. The facts that I know about me, about my life. That’s what I’m gon’—I’ll never—the tail shall never wag the dog, ya dig.”
“I think that, you know, one thing social media has shown us, and society at large, is one, that anytime a Black man is in a position of power and he uses his platform to speak on behalf of the community and to help people who need the most help…that’s gon’ be objected to, challenged, ridiculed,”
“I mean, from Malcolm X to John Africa to anybody. To Fred Hampton, it’s gon’ always be challenged as long as you tryin’ to be a voice for the voiceless. You just gotta believe enough in your purpose. Stand up, and go on through it. But other people’s fantasies and fiction of me will never overrule the facts I know of myself.”
We will have to see whether an investigation will be conducted regarding the serious allegations meted out against the couple.