AceShowbiz - T.I. has spoken out after President Donald Trump used his song "Whatever You Like" to attack his political enemy, Joe Biden. Through a statement issued by his representative, the rapper made it known that he never gave POTUS consent to use his art for his campaign.
"Trump and his team (out of desperation for his campaign) have circulated a campaign video post throughout social media that includes the unauthorized use of T.I.'s song 'Whatever You Like', along with edited images of him and Joe Biden. The video distorts lyrics from his #1 charting song by misrepresenting the lyrics through text language and distortion of his recorded voice," the representative for the rapper revealed.
"It goes without saying, that T.I. would not in any way ever support the divisive policies and destructive propaganda of Trump. The people of our country deserve far better than this," the rep continued saying. "Be clear, he does not authorize it or consent to the use of his song to falsely suggest any endorsement of President Trump or to attack Joe Biden. It is sad, but expected, that this President would stoop so low to use his property without authority to manipulate the community."
Concluding the statement, the rep shared that "T.I.'s legal team and media partners are already moving Expeditiously to block this unauthorized use and set the record straight in no uncertain terms."
The song was featured on Trump's official Snapchat account as his team posted slideshow of images of Biden with T.I.'s song playing in the background. However, instead of its original lyrics, "I want yo' body, need yo' body/ Long as you got me you won't need nobody," Trump's clip has T.I. saying, "I don't want Joe Biden, need Joe Biden/ As long as you got me you won't need Joe Biden."
The move was criticized by social media users as one remarked, "Wheww the desperation." Some others predicted it's only a matter of time before Tip slammed Trump for the unauthorized use of his song. "T.I. Bout to turn his vernacular up ...dictionary in hand!" one wrote. Another commented, "I need @troubleman31 to come through with a strongly worded cease and desists! Expeditiously."