Exclusive: Deion Sanders Tackles T.I.'s Bad Guy Rap, "Something Has To Wake Us Up"
Friday, Jul 8, 2011 4:50PM
Former Atlanta Falcons football star Deion Sanders recently hit up SOHH and offered what advice he has for fallen rap star T.I. in light of his frequent run-ins with the law.
From Sanders' perspective, Tip should focus more on his life's purpose and reevaluate the choices he makes.
"I would definitely keep God first," Sanders told SOHH when asked what advice he would give Tip. "Sometimes we have to redirect ourselves and just put God first. Every now and then, we can't contain [earthly] desires and therefore we get lost. And then we have to be redirected by trial and tribulation. But you don't want it to get to that point. Unfortunately, it does with so many of us. Not just with athletes and entertainers like T.I., but with everyday life as well. Something has to wake us up and alarm us that life is real and you're here for a purpose. Not just to consume time." (SOHH)
Despite his fame and successful football career, Deion Sanders battled suicidal thoughts in the 1990's.
At the top of his career, Deion was in mental agony. His thoughts turned to suicide. Although he already had a will, he wrote out another one in longhand. He looked for ways to end his life. Once he stood on the edge of a highway with cars whizzing by at 50 - 60 mph, thinking he could jump in front of one of them. He stopped - it would be too messy and too cruel to whoever hit him. ("How Success Almost Ruined My Life")
Around mid-June, Tip released an open letter thanking fans and celebrities for their support.
"What up world? Been a minute. I'd like to thank you all for the thousands of letters, cards, books, pictures and words of encouragement. I'm truly grateful. I'm sure you already know I'm nearing the end of this chapter of my life, and looking forward to taking all of the things I've learned with me while leaving all the rest of the "BS" behind. I've been tuned in somewhat to what's been happening out there. I can't even begin to tell y'all how much being on the outside looking in, having to witness all that's going on (and not going on) in the game affects me. Not being able to do what I love especially. It's like a whole other sentence within itself. But I really do appreciate all the love, respect, shout outs and salutations during this very difficult period in my life. Everybody from da homies Weezy, Killa Mike, R. Rozay my lil bruh B.o.B, Terrence J (106 & Park) and my "durty" Nelly." (Trap Muzik)
While sentenced to 11 months in jail for a probation violation last fall, Tip is currently slated to return home in September.
T.I. is coming home. The incarcerated rapper, born Clifford Harris, Jr., will be released from Arkansas' Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Low on September 29, 2011 after completing his 11-month sentence for violating his parole. (Hip Hop DX)
Check out T.I.'s "We Don't Get Down Like Y'All" below: