News: T.I. Questions Haters, "If I Never Went To Prison, Would You Even Care Enough To Comment On Me?"
Friday, Nov 5, 2010 5:20PM
Incarcerated rapper T.I. has spoken out against his critics days after beginning an 11-month sentence for probation violation.
Speaking via statement, T.I. inquired whether or not his fans would still appreciate him if his mistakes were never made publicized.
"Thank you to all that took the time to check out my new video "Get Back Up" with my homie Chris Brown. And a bigger thanks to those of you who decided to comment (good & bad). To all of you who say, "he should practice what he preaches" and "how could he do something so stupid...AGAIN?", you're absolutely right and I couldn't agree with you more. But you know what? As history has shown us before, I find my greatest inspiration during my darkest hours. So all fans of music, T.I. or not, should be able to agree that NO MERCY will surely be my best work yet. After all isn't that what it's all about? If I never went to prison, never did drugs, never f'ed up again, did everything right and never made great music....would you even care enough to comment on T.I.? Doubt it, so bear that in mind while you jump to your conclusions guys. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said "Notice not the comments of your enemies but the silence of your friends." So although I'm still in touch...watching, reading and listening, I'm not concerned with what negative people say more than I am with what positive people don't. Guess that's enough for now... Love you all still, whether you still love me or not. REAL TALK!!! And I would like to give a special I LOVE U to @star_omg and @tinymajormama. - Tip" (Statement)
T.I.'s jail sentence began earlier this week.
T.I. has officially begun his 11-month stint in an Arkansas prison -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ the rapper checked in "sometime this afternoon." A spokesperson for the prison tells us T.I. will go through the normal process -- which means he'll be processed, pose for a prison photo, and will be given a bunk assignment. As for the shower issue -- we're told T.I.'s prison has a community shower situation. We're told T.I. will have access to a television room for general viewing. T.I. will be issued a standard prison uniform -- khaki trousers, khaki button down shirt and black shoes. Inmates at the prison can make phone calls -- but they're limited to 300 minutes per month. (TMZ)
Last weekend, T.I. bid farewell to his fans on Twitter.
"Hey yall #teamTI will be holding me down on this front with updates until I return. Thx for your continued support. In a minute....#NoMercy," Tip tweeted Saturday (October 30). (T.I.'s Twitter)
Despite his legal woes, T.I.'s No Mercy album is still slated for release next month.
T.I. may be back behind bars, but like Lil Wayne, he's not letting that stop him from releasing a new album. The rapper announced Wednesday (Nov. 3) that "No Mercy," his much-anticipated first studio release since 2008's "Paper Trail," will hit stores on Dec. 7. "No Mercy's" lead single, "Get Back Up" featuring Chris Brown, is currently at No. 55 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 25 on Rap Songs. The music video premiered Wednesday evening on BET's "106th and Park." (Billboard)
Check out a recent T.I. interview down below: