In a response video, the rapper reacts to Taggart kissing him on the cheek but later claims that he and the band “moved on.”
Drew Taggart, the lead singer for The Chainsmokers, claimed that T.I. punched him in the face after kissing him on the cheek.
In a video that was uploaded to TikTok yesterday (August 16), Taggart is heard saying, “T.I. just literally punched me in the face.” The video depicts the duo playing at a nightclub with T.I. and other people. “We’re in a vibe and I, like, gave him a kiss on the cheek. It was totally my fault,” said Taggart, with Alex Pall from the Chainsmokers’ background laughter audible.
“He was like, ‘Don’t do that.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ He pushed me off and I was like, ‘Alright, my bad,’” he said, with Pall adding that a member of T.I.’s crew approached him and said, “You need to get your boy.”
Taggart added that the rapper was quick to move on from what had happened. “He was like, ‘Alright cool, we’re good.’ It was the weirdest interaction ever,” the singer explained.
“First of all, T.I.’s fully in the right here. I was feeling the vibes way too hard and I kissed T.I. on the cheek. And he punched me in the face for it! It’s like, fully fine,” Taggart concluded.
There isn’t much more to the story you’ve already heard, according to T.I., who later uploaded his own video while expressing his admiration for The Chainsmokers.
“They make great music,” he said in the clip. “I think the important thing to take away is that afterwards, we had a drink, we took a shot, you know what I’m saying? And we moved on.”
T.I. invoked Lil Nas X in July of last year to defend DaBaby’s homophobic remarks from that summer’s Rolling Loud Festival in Miami.
Appearing at the festival, DaBaby told the crowd: “If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up.”
Posting a video in support of DaBaby, T.I. said: “For instance, the Lil Nas X sh*t. The performances and video, man I got a lot of respect for bruh because he had the courage to live his truth, but that shit ain’t for me… Just can’t look at it… And I don’t want my children seeing it, either,” he said.
Later in the video, he elaborated on that statement, saying: “If you have a Lil Nas X video, and him living his truth, you gone damn sure have people like DaBaby who are going to speak they truth. There ain’t nothing wrong with none of that. It ain’t got to be no hate, it’s all honesty.”