• Arun Gopal

    Beat rides. Tip does work.

    • DawgGawd

      my tip does work also

  • herpa_derp

    Dope ass song

  • who cares

    T.I. murders the verses, but I'm not feeling the hook or this beat at all.

  • someguy

    i wouldnt be mad at this being all over the radio.

  • 405to580


  • Boris

    Great words spoken.

  • http://itsmyurls.com/moneymike Michael Cobbs

    Nice job on creating this wonderful song T.I. & S. Grey

  • james

    Nigga needs to read a book cause he sounds stupid.

    • Galvatron

      Not really.

      • Just the tip

        Love the name lol

    • Montana Savage

      Nah he's very intelligent its just over your head.

      • james

        No, he's not. This entire piece is a blame game instead of assuming any responsibility. He displays a poor understanding of world history and of american history. This is revealed in both his writing and his song. He doesn't understand his social responsibility as an American citizen and instead adopts a "what can you do for me?" attitude.

        Some of his commentary is accurate, especially in the song but the entire write up is a joke.

        • marty mcfly

          What blame game shit did he say thats not the truth? Isnt what he said about america historical fact? As far as social responsibility? Isnt that the whole purpose of the song and the statement? I didnt get any "what can you do for me" type attitude from this.

          • james

            Here's the blame game piece,

            "America has created a monster. The result of ignoring &
            mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently
            oppressed race/generation of people. Look at us. We’re the monster that
            now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked and ignored. We were brought to
            this place, unaware of our own cultures, religion & traditions
            therefore, we created our own. Now look at us.

            For years we’ve been crying out for the nation to address the
            substandard education systems & disparaging treatment of our
            citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an
            increasing lack of opportunities for generations. There have been homes
            broken, lives shattered and futures lost on your watch….unanswered. Look
            at us. How long can u expect a nation/race/generation of people to be
            blatantly disrespected? Spoken to and treated with arrogant tones of
            insignificance. Our fathers, uncles, brothers and role models were
            killed and imprisoned more often than educated. Now look at us. Our
            friends and relatives murdered and cast aside without thought, as though
            your human life is more valuable than ours. How long can that go on
            without consequence? Now Look at us.

            How long can u continue to pass the buck & make excuses of why u
            can’t do today what should have been done yeste-year? Although I DO NOT
            support the negative responses & actions of my people in light of
            this tragedy….I WILL NOT condone your lack of effort to show any urgency
            to improve the treatment of our people, nor the living conditions in
            our communities. Your refusal to address these life altering issues
            makes events such as these seem inevitable. Although I too am at fault
            to a degree and I admit that I may not have all da answers… I do have a
            fun fact for you. Insanity is…Going about things the same way, expecting
            a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different
            action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!"

          • marty mcfly

            Isnt that just the reality of the situation though? It sounds like he's asking black people to check they own actions more so then blaming the system but if one chose to blame the system is there not overwhelming evidence and facts that shows multiple contributing factors put in place by the american system which leads to things such as crime?

          • james

            I don't want to hyperbole but do you have reading comprehension problems? Where in the written piece does he address the actions of his own community? (Note: I don't even agree with separating it into a us/them scenario as he does. This is all of our problem.) The entire piece is written as a YOU created US and OUR problems is because of YOUR actions.

            Reveal the overwhelming evidence. If you're going to make that argument, tell me the details of it. It's not enough to say that the world is fucked up but you have to show how it is and then reveal what to do that's better. Everyone is a fucking critic.

            Yes, there are contributing factors as to why an individual commits crime but the responsibility never solely falls on some mysterious unnamed figure called "America." No fucking lawyer in america is whispering into the ear of an 8 year old to sell drugs to create jobs for him to defend. No fucking CO is pleading with a man to go murder his wife. Do you understand the asininity of your suggestion?

          • marty mcfly

            Where does he address the problems in the written piece about the actions of own community? Well the written piece was directed at that powers that be that actually control what goes on in these areas but I would say where he says "I do not support the negative responses and actions of my people in light of this tragedy"... That speaks directly to the people in the community... And then he goes on to release a song that speaks in details about the actions of people in his own community... In the context that T.i was speaking where he says YOU created us and then uses a monster as a metaphor to make a larger point? Is that not the truth? Has america turned a blind eye to many areas around this country and purposely focused in on black people as far as making sure blacks get the short end of the stick? Is that not just based on facts? Historical and otherwise? Now I understand you wanted T.i to say more but I dont think he was trying to write a book or make this song an hour long but as far as your last question? Is it not just a fact that america (the power structure) already knew the consequences of certain political branches of government with a white supremacy connection and agenda would later lead to crime in black communities? Was that not already known and did they not purposely do things to make sure that economically black people would remain under white society for generations? Was that not done purposely and is that not backed up by historical facts?

          • james

            Yes, there is partial "truth" his perspective but the majority is fallacy.

            First off, who is "America"? Define these groups of people for me.

            Who went into the hood and told them to sell crack? Some imaginary man?

            Who went in the hood and told that kid to pick up a gat?

            Who went in the hood and told them to not take care of their homes?

            Who went in the hood and told them to walk in the streets?

            Who went in the hood and said to rob a store?

            Who went in the hood and said roll that blunt?

            Who went in the hood and said to buy expensive shoes?

            Who went in the hood and said fuck that bitch raw?

            Additionally, you have limited experience in teaching. Most people don't know what the fuck they're talking about when they talk about the education system and instead go for wide generalizations about the school systems based on "data." They don't know the day to day activates that occur in the system nor do they know how or why it falls apart. I generally agree with T.I about pay equality for teachers but I don't dismiss the value of a C.O.

            I agree there are historical consequences but that is true for all groups of people. Their great great great grandparents may have been in slavery.

          • marty mcfly

            Who is america? The united states and everybody in it top to bottom.

            Who went in the hood and told "them" to sell crack? Thats a good question especially when you look at who built the hoods and who were the first cocaine dealers... Black people didnt invent cocaine and crack and there are no coca leaf farms in the hood...

            Who went in the hood and told them to pick up a gun? Well thats interesting too because black people didnt start out with guns in america. All the gun shit came from an outside source and the gun culture was already present after blacks were freed from slavery and having a gun was a necessary tool to have back then... Today when these guns a taken off the street, the majority of them are traced back to a gun dealer who is not black.

            Now you keep starting your questions off with who went in the hood? Ok now I want you to look at the history of the hoods in america. Who built them? Was there a disenfranchising, unjust and unfair and negative intent behind most of the hoods built in america a few generations ago? The stuff that goes on in the hood now, was that not discussed when the hoods were built in the first place?...

            You talk about the school systems in america? Based on america being one of thee most wealthy nations on the planet would you say the educational system is adequate enough for the times we live in?

            You list all these things that go on in the hood but let me tell you about the suburbs? Do not all these things go on in the suburbs and in some places in the suburbs they go on more then in the hood? Now what is the response to issues of drugs, violence, robbery in the suburbs vs the hood? In the hood people are most likely poor so you may find some kids selling grams but in the suburbs you may find the kids selling pounds and kilos... In the hood you may find a kid who has a gun, in the suburbs you may find a kid with multiple guns and an assault rifle but why is the hood looked at as the problem and the kids in the suburbs looked at as juveniles that just need help?...

          • james

            Again, if you're going to attempt to REALISTICALLY create social change and solve issue you have to be specific. By labeling everyone as America does nothing to provide clarity to where we fail as humans. Additionally, I don't believe T.I's rhetoric supports this as he consistently separates the problem into an us/them dichotomy.

            No, black people did not start with the guns. I did not ask for who created them historically. Everything is an outside source. What the hell are you trying to say? That black people are passive and everyone is active and therefore black people can't make choices because they have no action? Am I supposed to believe that? Additionally, this historical argument as you've written does not explain the modern situation.

            The history of the innercity neighborhoods are complex and I won't discredit proposed solutions of the past that failed because at least they attempted to try something even if what they tried was wrong.

            Is it adequate enough for the times we live in? No, nor do I think it will ever be adequate enough as I don't believe there's a stopping point for growth. But that is besides the point. Don't generalize this entire nation's school problems because a percentage of the nation is failing at passing in public schools. What works for your community may not work for the next. What is wrong with Cleveland's school system may not be what's wrong with New Orleans.

            Now you're creating a straw man argument that only creates more confusion about the problems of today. I have not said the hood was the only problem nor do I believe that.

          • marty mcfly

            I didn't get what you got. I thought the written piece addressed the Ferguson situation to expresses the opinions of what many of the people feel and the song (only having two verses cause songs usually dont go past 5 mins) touched on multiple things that deal with both the people and the culture of america overall and its system. How does my historical reference not apply to today? More then 50 schools have been closed in the last few years in Chicago and crime among the youth in those areas went up? Isnt there a connection there? There are more then half a million black men locked up now for low level non violent drug cases and when they are released they will be branded as felons and not be able to get work... Yes the situations im speaking on are from an historical context but they take place today as well. You say im creating a straw man? Ok lets say me and my friends control the power structure and the economics of the neighborhood you were born in and still live in. If me and my friends put more and more money in our own pockets and took more and more away from the community that we represent as the power structure? How long do you think it would take before crime happened in your neighborhood? Now are you to blame? Yeah but doesn't some of the root causes stem from the actions of the power structure that controls the economics, law enforcement, education system and job creation... in your area?



        • marty mcfly

          I'll just put it like this. If america was a human body and the limbs on that body were the different races and parts of society and black people were americas right arm (or left). It would make no sense for america to repeatedly break its own arm over and over and then complain about the pain and why its not healing correctly. America has a history of purposely self inflicting problems to its own people and then complaining about the effects afterwards. Probably not the best analogy but just saying.

          • james

            Who the fuck is America? That's the beginning of the fallacy. That's the beginning of the blame game. They're not accepting responsibility because it's AMERICA'S fault! But, they are America! They've always been America and will always be America.

            There are real issues to be addressed and while T.I hints at them he doesn't address them in any true meaningful matter and he's not educated enough about the complexities to communicate them. And, that's part of the problem that people think it's okay to say shit is bad and blame everyone but aren't willing to put in the leg work to do research and educate themselves and others about the reality of the system.

          • marty mcfly

            Who is america? The people in the unites states (in the context of how I was speaking, I mean the branches of government from the political system to the justice system to the power structure of our system). Example, if people say why are these kids walking around in the streets of chicago like they have nothing to do in the day time? And someone says well multiple schools were closed in certain areas of Chicago.... You could say ok thats playing the blame game but doesn't the point still show a lack of value for that community? Is it just blame game or is alot of it just factual based information?

          • james

            The difference between playing a blame game and providing factual based information is everything. The first tends to be tied to emotional resonance of how you feel while the latter comes from an assessment of factors in reality.

            I don't think you and I disagree as much it may seem. I'm really not opposed to T.I's sentiments as much as I am opposed to generalizations, continued ignorance despite the opportunity for education, poor rhetoric, and quick condemnations.

          • marty mcfly

            Ok but what im saying is based in fact and alot of people would agree that not all black peoples issues in their own communities just stem from thats what black people wanted to do as if black people just like to struggle. Alot of it does indeed have to do with root causes and forces from outside those communities that lead back to the power structure of america playing favorites between what communities they wanna help and what communities they wanna hurt. Its not all blame game or an emotional response.

    • TheSweetScience

      "I ain't never gave it to nobody that didn't deserve it" =bullshit excuse

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  • Hood Oracle

    could of done without skylar grey...but I commend ti for this

  • https://twitter.com/Sleepzz716 Nicholas Keith

    He might as well make this an official single since it has top40 radio potential. No Mediocre was a dud anyway

  • Pizza Steve

    Real shit. Love when T.I. gets in his zone like this

  • xastey

    Shit.. and we have another shooting on camera in St. Louis. This country is FUCKED

  • Guest

    love the track.. wish he laid a third verse instead of talking for two minutes tho

  • TruthMachine

    Skylar Grey has yet to sound good on one hip hop song.

    Hope she's giving you good head, Em.



  • Just the tip

    Damn. Best Tip song I've heard in a while.