News: T.I. Follows President Obama & Jay-Z's Blueprint, Rides W/ Same-Sex Marriage Rights
Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:12AM
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. is the latest artist to stand by President Barack Obama in light of his recent public acknowledgement of same-sex marriage and explained his personal stance on the topic.
Happily married to longtime girlfriend/singer Tiny Cottle, Tip said he does not see the harm in same-sex marriage especially when it does not impact his personal life.
"Just to speak honestly and being frank, I don't care," the "Live Your Life" MC said about the non-stop debate on same-sex marriage when he appeared on Wednesday's "RapFix Live." "I think that if a matter doesn't affect your daily life, you shouldn't take a hard stand on it. If it's not something that directly affects you, if it doesn't affect you, what difference does it make to you what other people are doing with their lives?" (MTV)
A few days ago, rap star Jay-Z publicly vouched his support on the controversial marriage issue.
Rapper Jay-Z on Monday threw his support behind President Barack Obama's stance on legalizing same-sex marriage. The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, said not allowing gay marriage was "holding the country back," in an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow. "What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. [It] is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple," Jay-Z, a longtime supporter of Obama, added. (My Fox DC)
Despite the perceived positive effect of President Obama's publicized stance, reports claim there could be negative results later on down the road.
A New York Times/CBS News poll released Monday night shows the possible political perils of President Obama's recent announcement that he supports same-sex marriage. Most of those polled say the president's position will not impact how they vote. But among those who say it will influence their choice, 26 percent said they are less likely to vote for Obama as a result, while 16 percent say they are more likely to. And in what is expected to be a tight race, "even a small shift in swing states could be costly." (ABC News)
In the meantime, "King of the South" T.I. is currently putting together a new LP.
Trouble is brewing for T.I. The Grand Hustle chief has announced a release date for his eighth album Trouble Man. During his visit to Angie Martinez' radio show on Tuesday, Tip revealed that the follow-up to 2010's No Mercy will drop on September 4. "Look forward to those summertime anthems that we've grown to love about T.I.," he previously told Fuse of the project, which has spawned the singles "Love This Life" and "Like That." (Rap-Up)
Check out a recent T.I. interview below: