Rapper T.I. has slammed critics of the Tupac Shakur-inspired outfit he wore to honor the late hip-hop icon at Friday’s (April 7) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The “Whatever You Like” hitmaker joined Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, YG, and Naughty by Nature’s Treach to pay tribute to 2Pac with a medley of his songs at the New York ceremony, with T.I. covering his 1993 track “Keep Ya Head Up.”
He wore a bandana, jeans, and a leather suspender vest over a white T-shirt for the performance, reminding fans of the same look Tupac sported on the cover of the New York Times Magazine back in January, 1996.
However, not everyone appreciated T.I.’s wardrobe choice, and many took to social media to lambast him.
The negative responses prompted the star to school the young critics about the reason for his get-up by sharing a side-by-side photo of his appearance from Friday night’s induction ceremony and one of Tupac’s New York Times shoot.
Shakur was killed following a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September, 1996, aged 25.
Now, T.I. said he has no plans to ever dress up like Tupac again.