As expected, 21 Savage’s recent message to OG rappers has been met with both criticism and praise.
One OG who wasn’t offended by 21’s callout, which was shared on social media on Tuesday (November 21), was T.I. The 37-year-old Atlanta vet declared that Savage was speaking “real truth,” and went on to detail the ways in which Savage’s message resonated.
T.I. reposted Savage’s note to Instagram, and added the following caption:
“@21savage lil bro speaking real truth tho. The fact of the matter is… There’s been good,bad, great,mediocre artists,&otherwise in EVERY generation …. Even ours(2000s) , The Founding era (80s) & the golden era of the 90s. They’re not the only generation to make “user music” either. Can anyone remember a Lil album called “The Chronic”? Or hit Recs like “Sippin on some Sizzurp”…. Regardless of the subject matter…This is THEY TIME.”
He continued, “Couldn’t nobody tell us how to run ours,or make us sound how they thought we should… Live ya life & do ya stuff young’n. Just bare with us,&try to understand …. y’all niggaz kinda different & take some getting used to. As the elders gotta understand they’re SUCCESS JUSTIFIES the CHANGE. The Numbers DONT LIE!!! Can’t hate on that.”
21 Savage’s post, where he pushed back on any OG rappers who have called out the new generation’s “drug user music,” got more than 25,000 retweets in its first 24 hours online.