Donald Trump’s campaign team re-edited T.I.’s 2008 hit track “Whatever You Like” for an anti-Biden ad on Tuesday, and now the rapper has expressed his perception of it.
According to a statement released by a representative for T.I. the video is an “unauthorized use” of the track. “The video distorts lyrics from his #1 charting song by misrepresenting the lyrics through text language and distortion of his recorded voice,” the statement reads. “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 supposed video originally was posted on Donald Trump’s Snapchat story, flashing concocted lyrics on the screen to ridicule Joe Biden. “I want yo’ body, need yo’ body,” the track originally goes, while the attack ad reads, “I don’t want Joe Biden.” The goofy clip, happens to be one of other bizarre meme-like edits Trump has shared across social media.
This man Trump DID NOT just use TI’s “Whatever You Like” as an ad against Joe Biden 😭😭😭😭😭
What timeline is this? pic.twitter.com/shLyxL8gJW
— T̵O̷M̴I̷E̶ (@TheOnlyTomie) May 26, 2020
The statement specifically states that T.I. on no account endorses the advert, and as a result his team will be pursuing legal action. “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,” the statement continues. “It is sad, but expected, that this President would stoop so low to use his property without authority to manipulate the community. 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.”