T.I. told The New York Times, which published his first letter with a recorded reading, that his intent with the letters is “to communicate and share my thoughts and try to be a voice for the people who may be thinking of something to say but, for some reason, may not be able to say it or not have the platform to say it. Using my platform to be a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.”
In the letter to Obama, T.I. reflects on Obama’s presidency, saying he is “filled with gratitude, outrage, grief, anger, humility and appreciation, both for the things you helped bring to light and the many things we still have yet to realize.”
He credits the president for fighting to keep our country from “the very thing we have now become,” while the U.S. continuously “failed” him because we were not ready for the change he wanted to bring.
“But rest assured that we heard you. Rest assured that we felt you and rest assured that your legacy will live on long after your presidency,” writes T.I. “Not only did you impact a nation, but you defined a culture and you shook up and woke up a generation.”
Read the full letter here.