During the annual event on Tuesday, the rapper performed “We Will Not” from his latest his EP “Us or Else,” which addresses issues surrounding social justice and police brutality. T.I. paid homage to the Black Panther Party by wearing all black and a beret; he was also surrounded by protesters, who were confronted by two police offers to help highlight police brutality in America.
The Grammy Award winner concluded his performance by saying: “United we stand. Look around and see the power around you, we gotta stand together. It’s us or else do or die. The time is now. They can’t kill us all.”
Over the weekend, the rapper performed at Harry Belafonte’s social justice festival, “Many Rivers To Cross” festival. During the event, he told the New York Times that he felt compelled to use his platform to address police killings of black Americans because “It just seemed all too consistent, all too repeated, all too ignored.”
In addition to T.I.’s powerful performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Big K.R.I.T. and Lecrae also delivered two spoken-word performances highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement and addressing police brutality.
Check out T.I.’s performance above, and Big K.R.I.T. and Lecrae’s spoken word performances below.