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Monday, November 22, 2010

Prison kicking T.I.'s 'ass'

T.I. covers Vibes Dec/Jan issue
  • T.I. covers Vibe's Dec/Jan issue

In an uncharacteristic, albeit expletive-laced, show of vulnerability, T.I. ranted from prison last week that he's "sick and mother f*cking tired of going to jail."

It was the third letter posted on his website since he began an 11-month sentence at the same Arkansas prison he exited less than a year earlier after being sentenced to 366 days for weapons charges. T.I.'s rap sheet and sentencing record reaches back to the late ’90s.

"I'd have been better off doing a 5-10 year bid one time than going in time and time again for days, weeks and months for the last 15 years of my life," he continues, adding that no longer are his fans, his deceased friend Philant, his family, or even his haters his primary motivation to do better.

"I got to do this shit for me!!! I'll be God damned if I've come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this! F*ck that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my mother f*ckin' shades cause I'm ready to cash my darkest hours in...ASAP!!!

Read the whole dagblasted thing.

On a lighter note, T.I. found time to chat up Vibe magazine before he latest sentence began. He covers the urban music mag's Dec./Jan. issue — just in time to promote his Dec. 7 release No Mercy

In the interview, when Vibe questions him about his latest incident of back-sliding, T.I. calls it petty in comparison to his past crimes and misdemeanors:

Let me just say this: [he sits up on the couch] If you look at a guy who came up, no pops in the house, moms on welfare, food stamps; started selling dope when he was 12, 13 years old, came up handling guns, being in shoot-outs; started going to jail when he was 15. In all of this chaos and this mischief and lawlessness, the person who was just in jail for machine guns and silencers turns his life around. And now you want to crucify him â *for what? Three pills. I mean, of course it’s wrong and unacceptable and inexcusable. No problem. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s rather petty. It’s rather petty to hold someone’s feet to the fire for something so small when they have overcame things that were so big. All that could have been going wrongâ *if I was riding with more guns, or if I had gotten into a shoot-out and killed somebody, then I could see that. But just think about it. I’ve gotten it down to this much.

Here's video from the cover shoot and some words from the man himself below the jump:


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