A rapper’s suicide has reignited a national debate about the meaning of hip-hop and the meaning and importance of race in America.
On Tuesday, the singer and rapper T.
Is. family said they had decided to cancel a scheduled performance of “I Love My Nigga,” the song that will air during the BET Hip Hop Awards on Sunday, April 1.
T.I. was found dead in his Las Vegas hotel room with multiple gunshot wounds.
The announcement came just days after the rapper was found by police dead in an apartment on the Las Vegas Strip.
On Wednesday, T.
He was pronounced dead at a hospital after police said he had been suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In a statement released on Wednesday, his mother, Mariah Carey, said the rapper had decided he did not want to continue his career.
He had been “overheating, dehydrating and in need of medical attention,” she said.
Tributes poured in for the rapper, who rose to fame with his hit song “Trap Queen,” a track that has gone on to be a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Tribal leaders and other prominent rappers have weighed in on the rapper’s untimely death.
“T.i. was my idol, my best friend, my idol’s brother.
I am saddened to hear about his passing.
We will miss him and will always be grateful for his contributions to the world,” said Nation of Islam rapper Lecrae.
In an Instagram post, Lecrases family said the singer “was my mentor and my idol.”
T. I. was known for his outspoken politics, including his support for Black Lives Matter and his opposition to the Vietnam War.
He had been vocal about his views on race in the U.S. and his political leanings during a 2012 visit to the U, where he said he learned about the Black Lives Matters movement from his mother.
“I learned about Black Lives and the Black Panther Party from my mother.
She was in the South, and she taught me that you don’t have to be part of a race to be human.
I was raised to be an activist.
She taught me how to fight,” T. I told the Los Angeles Times in 2012.
Tik Tokai, who was a close friend of T.T.’s, released a statement on his Facebook page, writing that the rapper died at “the hands of a jealous and violent woman who tried to destroy the lives of all she considered inferior.”
The rapper had a “huge impact on many in the music industry and our communities,” Tokai wrote.
“I will forever miss T. T., but my deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”
Tik added that he had “heard of many tragic deaths and was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend T.i.”