News: T.I. Breaks Silence From Behind Bars, "The Longer I Sit, The Smarter I Get"
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010 4:40PM
Incarcerated rapper T.I. has released an open letter to fans in light of today's release of his new album, No Mercy.
Within the letter, T.I. promised to better his ways and shed light on the process he underwent to make the album.
"So here it is...NO MERCY, the most honest and intimate installment of my life story as promised. Hope y'all enjoy it and it lives up to the very high standards I've set for myself or anyone who's to be considered one of the best. I must admit it takes a lot to go through as much as I have and still keep the love in your heart and in your art. But at the end of the day, if that's what it takes to produce the music that keeps the world of hip-hop evolving on it's axis....Then even the lowest of the lows of my life was all worth it. Thanks again for your prayers, your time and attention. And remember....It doesn't matter how long it'll be before the next time you see me. What matters is that I'll be a better man before that time comes. The longer I sit, the smarter I get." (Trap Muzik)
The "King of the South" also expressed how much of an impact his fan base makes.
"I'd like to give a very special thank you to all the fans who've been writing me and lifting my spirits everyday. I read all of them. Although I would never be able to write you all back...I'd like to list as many of you individually as i can and thank the others collectively. It's a relief to know that there still are people who see a man with a life and not just another headline in the news. Most of you sound very concerned and optimistic at the same time about my situation. Let me assure you all that I am deffenitely keeping my head up. I don't consider myself done by far. Also many of you are convinced as I am that God has a plan for me that he's preparing me for. How do you tell God Almighty that all you wanna do is LIVE LIFE ??? What if all you wanna do is be a father to your kids, a husband to your wife, and son to your mother while providing insightful motivation through music and lending a helping hand when posible to those who need it most. Well guys...That's the topic of discussion between me and the MOST HIGH at the moment. I'll keep you posted on how it turns out. Who knows maybe you can look foward to hearing the dialogue between us set to music on the next album...which I'll be announcing the official title to sooner than later. But until then, thanks again for all your understanding, love and support. Y'all take it light and be eazy." (Trap Muzik)
T.I.'s new album features guest appearances from Drake, Eminem, Scarface and Kanye West.
1 Welcome To The World (feat. Kanye West & Kid Cudi) 2 How Life Changed (feat. Mitchelle'l & Scarface) 3 Get Back Up (feat. Chris Brown) 4 I Can't Help It (feat. Rocko) 5 That's All She Wrote (feat. Eminem) 6 No Mercy (feat. The-Dream) 7 Big Picture 8 Strip (feat. Young Dro & Trey Songz) 9 Salute 10 Amazing (feat. Pharrell) 11 Everything On Me 12 Poppin Bottles (feat. Drake) 13 Lay Me Down 14 Castle Walls (feat. Christina Aguilera) (No Mercy)
Despite currently being behind bars, T.I. released a statement on the album last month.
"This album represents some of my best work inspired by my most recent best and worst life experiences," stated an introspective Tip. "They say adversity brings forth inspiration so y'all can imagine how inspired I've been during the recording process for this album. I've been taking stock of myself and digesting eveyone's comments and criticisms. Now it's my turn to express myself and take you into my mind. The real won't hate and the truth won't wait! If God is with me who can be against me." (Rap-Up)
Check out T.I.'s No Mercy trailer down below: