Grand Hustle’s Killer Mike has updated fans on the status of incarcerated CEO/rapper T.I. and why the “King of the South’s” recent apology nearly made him shed tears.
According to Mike, he reached out via e-mail and was caught off-guard by Tip’s response.
“It almost brought a tear to my eye, because when Tip hit back, the only thing he could say was that he was sorry that he’s not out to help promote [the PL3DGE album] and push it and [that] he loves the fact that I’m finally gettin’ the look I deserve and how’s [Grand Hustle artist Young] Dro,” Mike revealed in an interview. “It’s just like, you’re in prison and you care more about how our tour is doin’ and our songs than us feeling bad about you being in prison…I know the public perceives him one way, but you just don’t meet human beings who are able to surpass where they are physically in their space and care more about the happenings of other people. And him feeling bad that his incarceration is adversely affecting us, he’s an amazing man for that.” (MTV)
Last November, Grand Hustle’s Young Dro spoke on T.I.’s time behind bars for probation violation.
“I talked to T.I. a few days before he went in. We were just riding around, kickin’ it in the Maybach, just going over our plans for the future. But it wasn’t on no sad shit. He still in high spirits. ” Dro tells VIBE. “We were talking over shrimp and oyster like bosses…I called him again the night before he went in to just reassure him and let him know I’m P$C for life. He knows I’m a winner, and I’m going to make sure everything is in order until he comes back home…T.I. is my homeboy for life. Everything I do is for Grand Hustle. He knows he made mistakes and he’s manning up to all of it.” (VIBE)
Earlier this year, Tip’s wife Tiny discussed wanting to take her husband’s charge.
“I feel like, if you don’t know the details on it, you can’t say I could take the fall,” Tiny says, her sugary drawl laced with frustration. “If I could have, I would have said, ‘Well, yeah, that’s me.’ But it wasn’t able to be done. And for one, there were other people–other friends in the car–that could have taken the fall, but it couldn’t happen.” Tiny stresses that the couple have (finally!) learned their lesson. “It’s time-out for any nonsense,” she says flatly. “We know what to do now. Not that we didn’t then–but things happen.” Tiny stresses that the couple have (finally!) learned their lesson. “It’s time-out for any nonsense,” she says flatly. “We know what to do now. Not that we didn’t then–but things happened, you know. Now it’s for sure. He’s never gonna go back to jail. We can’t have that.” (XXL Mag)
At the start of his 11-month sentence last November, T.I. released a statement to fans speaking on his past trials in jail.
“This experience is truly a pain I have never felt before and that’s saying a lot for a n*gga who’s been down locked up as many times as I have,” Tip wrote. “I see this as a real a** whoopin’. The kind you don’t just go back outside to play afterwards. You take ya a** to bed and don’t come out of your room until it’s time to go to school…I don’t know what effect this will have on my life moving forward but I’m certainly sick and motherf*cking tired of going to jail, juve, trison, the pen, correctional facilities or whatever else you want to call it…I’d have been better off doing a 5-10 year bid one time than going in time and time again for days, weeks and months for the last 15 years of my life.” (Trap Muzik)
T.I. and Tiny were initially arrested last summer in Los Angeles on drug possession charges resulting in the rapper serving an 11-month sentence for a probation violation beginning November 2010.
Check out some recent pre-jail T.I. footage down below: