T.I.: “I FEEL DISAPPOINTED BY THE PUBLIC…”

It’s less than two weeks until T.I. will begin an 11 month prison sentence for violating his probation. The 30-year-old rapper, real name Clifford Joseph Harris, was ordered back to jail at a court hearing last Friday, following a recent drug arrest in LA. As the platinum selling artist was currently on probation, there were no second chances for the troubled star…

In one of his final media appearances, T.I. recently popped into Atlanta radio station V-103, where he candidly opened up about having a drug problem and reveals he feels let down the public.

Here are some extracts from the interview, reported by US celebrity site NecoleBitchie.com

“I have been in a position to see clearly how fast the public will throw you away. They would rather see you suffer then to see you shine. My actions have been unacceptable, inexcusable, but I don’t see them as unforgivable. But I have been approached by the public in such a way that my actions are unforgivable. One bad move, one bad decision has discredited all the good, which I don’t think is right. Especially when all the people that are judging and pointing the finger at me, are doing as bad, if not worse than me, without doing as much good as me. It’s a lot more in the world to frown up on than T.I. It’s a lot more to be upset at rather than me and my circumstances.”

On how he plans to change for the better:

“One thing I’m not going to do is get out here and talk and make a lot of promises. I’m gonna speak more through my music and my actions. I’m gonna let God lead me wherever that might be.”

On admitting to having substance abuse problems:

“At least now I know of these issues. The main thing about having a problem is knowing that you have one. Now that I know, I can go and get help resolving those issues. I don’t think a lot of people take into consideration my circumstances prior to me becoming T.I. Where I came from, and how I got here. All things considered, even all the things that have gone wrong with me, pale in comparison to all the things that could have gone wrong with me. I don’t think that is being considered as much as it should be. Everything I’ve learned is trial and error, getting locked up and then “Okay, I know not to do that anymore”. My rap sheet is all lessons that I have learned and the corrections that I have made in my life.”

How he plans to address his supporters before his sentence:

“I’m more concerned about my family. We are such a close family and whatever we go through, me make it as a family. We always have, and we always will. This is no different.”

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