Grammy-winning rapper T.I. wants people to know Big Meech is much more than a jailed drug kingpin. Tip went to social media to share some words for the certified street icon.

The King of the South went to Instagram Monday (February 12) to salute Meech and jailed street hustler Larry Hoover.

And now words from 2 more of our legendary leaders. Whoever said our leaders had to be perfect with no stains or mistakes on their legacies to be valuable? Unfortunately we live in Amerikkka…The worst parts of it at that!!! Drugs and guns are just as Amerikkkan as Stars and Stripes!!!Whatever we make outta this sh*t show is worth recognizing. All throughout our American History books there are white people who’ve done far more unmentionable things to far more people in the name of greed & progression… they called it “The American Way”…. They make US celebrate them & hail them as national heroes & founding forefathers(FOH!!!) So I’ll be damned if I’m gon let a conviction of environmental circumstances keep me from celebrating OUR HEROES!!! Never mind where he may be at this moment in time,listen to his message & tell me its not exactly what needs to be said???✊🏽#USorELSE #FreeHoover

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However, Tip’s salute has sparked a bit of backlash from people upset over Meech’s street allure.

Ballerific Comment Creepin 🌾👀🌾#ti #commentcreepin (swipe)

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A few years ago, Big Meech talked about drug dealer myths and his Black Mafia Family organization.