Whether it be on social media or through his music, T.I. has become one of hip-hop’s most vocal artists, using his platform to highlight the social distress that comes with being a black man in America. Back in September, he released Us or Else, a scathing EP focused on police brutality and the systemic racism in place in various facets of American society. While praised for its boldness and thought-provoking videos, it apparently just wasn’t quite enough for Tip.
The King of the South has re-released the project as a full-length album, adding nine new songs and naming it Us or Else: Letter to the System. Just like its smaller predecessor, Letter to the System is a full frontal attack on American society, with Tip and his various collaborators crafting socially-conscious rhymes about the Black Lives Matter Movement, Martin Luther King Jr. and more. Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Killer Mike and others feature on the project, which packs a much harder punch at 15-tracks.
— T.I. (@Tip) December 16, 2016
On top of the project itself, we also get a new music video for “Switching Lanes” featuring Young Krizzle and Trev Case. Unfortunately, it’s all only available to those who have TIDAL, but hopefully soon the album will be released to other platforms. T.I.’s insight is something that should rise above exclusivity and be accessible to all.
Listen to Us or Else: Letter to the System below and let us know what you think!