T.I. makes Lil Nas X comparison as he defends DaBaby’s homophobic comments at Rolling Loud Festival

T.I. said the rapper was "speaking his truth" with the controversial comments

T.I. has used Lil Nas X to make a bizarre defence of DaBaby, who has come under fire for a homophobic rant he delivered during a performance at Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival.

Appearing at the festival last weekend, DaBaby told the crowd: “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up.

“Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone light up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up.”

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After many criticised the rapper’s statements as homophobic, he doubled down in his Instagram stories in a lengthy series of 19 videos.

“What I do at a live show is for the audience at the live show. It’ll never translate correctly to somebody looking at a little five, six-second clip from their goddamn crib on their phone. It just don’t work like that,” the rapper said.

He added of the show: “Me and all my fans at the show, the gay ones and the straight ones, we turned the fuck up.

“I’m talking about my boy that was at the front of stage left where I jumped, ask him. He got clips all on his shit, the whole night was recording. We were turning up the whole night. My boy had the crop top on front row. He out there in that jungle, in that water. He out there cutting up. He knows the words to the song. I’m rapping them bitches with ’em.”

T.I. subsequently supported DaBaby in a video posted on social media, which equated the rapper’s comments during his set with Lil Nas X‘s openness about his sexuality in his music.

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“For instance, the Lil Nas X shit. The performances and video, man I got a lot of respect for bruh because he had the courage to live his truth, but that shit ain’t for me… Just can’t look at it… And I don’t want my children seeing it, either,” he said.

He expanded on that comment later on in the video, saying, “If you have a Lil Nas X video, and him living his truth, you gone damn sure have people like DaBaby who are going to speak they truth. There ain’t nothing wrong with none of that. It ain’t got to be no hate, it’s all honesty.”

Responding to his comments, one fan wrote: “TI said if lil nas x can be gay in peace da baby should be able to be homophobic in peace. It’s really something wrong with that man.”

T.I is yet to respond to the criticism.

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