In a statement, a rep for the hip-hop star said the video is an “unauthorized use” of the track.
Adding, “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.”
Here’s more via HollywoodLife.com:
The president posted a video on May 25 showing stock photos and screenshots of the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee set to the tune of T.I.‘s 2008 classic, “Whatever You Like” — with some pointed new lyrics. The song now goes, according to Trump: “Yea, I don’t want Joe Biden/ Don’t need Joe Biden/ As long as you got me, you don’t need Joe Biden”. It ends with a photo of Trump smiling.
Watch it via the Instagram video below.
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
T.I.’s legal team now plans to pursue legal action, as the artist has made it quite clear in the statement that he does not endorse the clip.
“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.”
T.I. has also been quite vocal in the past about not being a fan of President Donald Trump.
“When you say ‘Make America Great Again,’ which period are we talking about?” T.I. asked staunch Trump supporter Candace Owens during a Revolt summit event last year. “The period when women couldn’t vote, the period when we were hanging from trees, or the crack era? Which period in America are you trying to make America like again?”