Rapper 'Officially Done' With Kanye After Trump Meeting

TI slams 'repulsive, disgraceful' Oval Office meeting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2018 2:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Rapper TI has collaborated with Kanye West more than once—but he says he's "officially done" with "Ye" after West's bizarre Oval Office meeting with President Trump Thursday. In an Instagram post, the Atlanta-based rapper said he had been "more than patient" with West's "antics," but the "bootlicking" on display in the Trump meeting was a step too far, USA Today reports. It was the "most repulsive, disgraceful, embarrassing act of desperation & auctioning off of one's soul to gain power I've ever seen," he wrote. He said he had turned down West's invitation to join him for the White House meeting —but if he had gone, he would have slapped West for behaving so "spinelessly."

"At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you... now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you," wrote TI, who debated West about his support for Trump on the track "Ye vs. The People." The Oval Office meeting, in which West likened his Make America Great Again hat to a Superman cape, was also condemned by artists including 50 Cent and Diddy, CNN reports. But director Ava DuVernay took a different approach. "Don't let the circus distract you. We have to focus," she tweeted, sharing news stories on issues including voter suppression, hurricane damage in Florida, and the adoption by American families of migrant children separated from their parents at the border.

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