After Kanye West posted a series of Tweets in support of Donald Trump in April, T.I. wanted to have a conversation with the “Runaway” rapper about his views.
“I wanted to pick his brain, get his thoughts, so I could have a better understanding of where he was coming from and what he was attempting to say,” T.I. tells The Hollywood Reporter. Their lengthy conversation resulted in the collaboration “Ye Vs. the People.”
“We have a high level of respect for one another and I think the conversation was had with a high level of respect and admiration on both sides, and we just wanted to share our views,” T.I. explains. “I wanted him to do the same for me and we did that successfully over a five-hour period and at the end of it, we just decided it would be dope if we did a song that detailed the highlights of the conversation.”
West found himself the subject of backlash after he suggested slavery was a “choice” and declared his “love” for Donald Trump.
While the chat about their political views may have lasted five hours, the two artists only needed 45 minutes to turn their conversation into the new track, though T.I. admits he didn’t think it would ever be released to the public.
“I never thought he’d put it out because of the blatant honesty because I actually wanted to say things that I felt people walking the streets would say,” he says. “I wanted to give it a very organic feel.”
The “Live Your Life” rapper says West is “courageous” for putting the song out there when it might alienate more fans: “I think it was extremely courageous of him to just put it out the next day regardless of the adverse opinion that it may receive from his fans.”