T.I. Takes On The Justice System With “New National Anthem”
T.I. is the latest artist to address social injustices via song following the Mike Brown shooting. In his song, “New National Anthem,” which features Skylar Grey and was released Wednesday, the ATL rapper opens up about the current state of America, in terms of race and class issues and takes a critical look at the justice system.
“Let me ask you something. If the kids are the future, tell me why you can get more for being C.O., than you can for being a teacher. Tell me why it means more to the government to pay the people who got to watch over the prisoners, more than the people who got to keep the children from becoming prisoners. That make sense? Tell me why 9 ounces of crack will get you more time than a rape right now. Tell me why them crazy white boys can tote a gun but I can’t right now,” T.I. raps in the song.
T.I. joins the recent wave of artists including J. Cole, G-Unit, and Elle Varner who have come out with songs in the last two weeks and has been quite vocal about his feelings toward the protest situation in Ferguson.”We needed to play chess instead of checkers,” he recently stated in a post which stirred up a mixed reaction from the public. “We should have waited to see if justice was going to be served first. We shouldn’t have played our strongest hand first.”
Take a listen to the song below: