"Not to be sexist, but I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” Tip told DJ Whoo Kid on "The Whoolywood Shuffle." "Every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. Every other position. But, the president? It’s kinda like -- I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally."
And there's more.
"They make very permanent, cemented decisions, and then, later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen," he continued. "And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] ain't gonna be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy. The world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to get the Lochness Monster elected before you could [get a woman]."
"It's not right, but I'm just saying."
This is some pretty unoriginal and uninspiring stuff from Tip -- the whole women are too emotional to be in positions of power narrative -- which is unfortunate, because he's proven himself to be not only a sensational rapper, but also an extraordinarily talented orator when not on the mic. And while he's not typically overtly political in his music, songs like last year's "New National Anthem," where he picked at issues of racism and mass incarceration, can be some of his finest work.
That's what makes these statements all the more disappointing.
If he doesn't like Clinton's politics, that's one thing. But suggesting that she wouldn't be able to govern effectively because she's a woman, or that she'd emotionally nuke another country, is akin to the sort of discrimination that he's railing against in tracks like "New National Anthem." And that's not to mention, given the part about her negotiating with other leaders, his missing that women have, and currently do, run countries around the world.
He could look back to his own words, from the summer of 2014, when asked about the backlash against Iggy Azalea, for some guidance on the subject. He wasn't pleased with people railing against her because of her skin color.
"In this day and age, to be a race of people who are demanding equality and speaking out on injustices and wanting to be treated fairly, to stand up and do the exact same thing in opposite to someone unwarranted for no reason, it’s hypocritical," he said.
Or, he could watch on his "Entertainer's Etiquette," full of advice for other artists, which he gave to MTV News last year.
"Don't let somebody throw a camera in your face and drive you into saying something that you didn't need to be saying," he said. "Don't try to comment on something that you have no knowledge about. If they ask you about foreign policy, and if they ask you about the deficit of the country -- things that are out of your realm of understanding -- plead the Fifth."
But he didn't do that, and so early Tuesday afternoon, the rapper apologized, calling his statements "unequivocally insensitive and wrong."
Whether or not you do -- or we, collectively, should -- look to rappers and other celebrities for their takes on politics, it's often the case. T.I. knows this.
"A lot of times [news] comes, you know, from a verse spit by your favorite rapper," he told The Washington Post earlier this year. "So I think the hip-hop community, our first responsibility is to shed light."
When he was then asked if he has a responsibility, he didn't mince words.
"Absolutely," he said. "That’s what it’s about."
If he's going to own that responsibility like he seems willing to, he should be confident and well-reasoned in his positions before he publicly takes them.