Rappers Drake and Rick Ross have come to the defense of T.I. in light of the “King of the South’s” recent legal troubles after being arrested on drug possession earlier this month.
Although he feels sympathy for Tip, Drizzy said the rapper is still responsible for his own actions.
“It hurt me the other day that somehow he found himself again in that kind of predicament. Especially with [the success of the movie] they just had out [‘Takers’]. It’s a personal thing. I’m not really here to say things about another man. Tip is a very smart man. I just think that, a part of me wishes he realized the power in the movement he has and what a legend he is and not get in trouble anymore. I just wish that wouldn’t happen. The man that he is, the trouble he gets into doesn’t reflect the person he is. He’s just a great individual. Yeah, it’s an unfortunate situation.” (MTV)
The “Boss” said it was important for people to still support Tip.
“As long as the real G’s and the leaders set the example of ‘This is what you do when your brother gets into trouble,’ ” Ross said in an interview. “Regardless of what it is, you don’t turn your back on him; you ride with him. … You gotta stick to the script. When situations come, you stay firm. If that’s your homie, that’s your homie.” (MTV)
Reports from earlier today suggest T.I. tested positive for drug usage upon being arrested.
Superstar rapper T.I. is back in the feds’ crosshairs with new allegations he had more than Ecstasy when he was busted earlier this month. The Grammy winner, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., had codeine and marijuana and tested positive for opiates, according to a petition signed by his probation officer. “We are very disappointed in Mr. Harris’ recent conduct. We will make our sentencing recommendation at the (probation) revocation hearing,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Friday. (New York Daily News)
Yesterday, T.I. was summoned by a federal judge to appear in Atlanta and defend his reported probation violations.
U.S. District Judge Charles Pannel Jr. signed the summons for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris. The same judge sentenced Harris for firearms violations. The order lists three possible violations of his bond: possession of ecstasy on Sept. 1, testing positive for opiates on Sept. 2 and associating on Sept. 1 with Cortez Thomas, a convicted felon. (My Fox Atlanta)
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