Lil Wayne stirred up controversy when he stated “Flat out, I don’t like New York,” drawing the ire of many New York emcees and certain radio personalities. Fellow Southern artist T.I. spoke on the matter recently.

“When I first came in the game, it was a feat for a Southern artist, let alone an Atlanta artist, to make his way up to Hot 97 and get himself mix show play, let alone…heavy rotation,” said T.I. in an interview with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez, which naturally led to a discussion of Lil Wayne’s words.

“You gotta understand where a man coming from,” said T.I. of Weezy. “I’m not saying I support anyone not liking New York. What I’m saying is, people who haven’t gone through that process of having their freedom taken from you…you have to take all this into consideration,” explained Tip, referring to Wayne’s time spent in New York prison over a gun charge.

“I don’t think he meant nothin’ by it. I don’t think he meant any disrespect,” concluded T.I.

Watch the interview below:

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