Grand Hustle rapper Young Dro has revealed his final conversations with T.I. just days before he began an 11-month jail sentence for a probation violation and how he plans to keep the label afloat.
Promising his loyalty, Dro said T.I. counts on him to keep Grand Hustle in order while locked away.
“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 month, T.I.’s post-jail probation guidelines hit the Internet.
T.I. will not be allowed to leave the Northern District of Georgia without consent from the probation office. In order to travel at all he would need to prove that it is related to his career and it could only be in the U.S., not outside of the country. If he is granted permission to leave Atlanta he will be prohibited from being gone for over seven days a month. In addition he won’t be allowed to drive a vehicle, own any dangerous weapons including a firearm and he must participate in a drug and alcohol testing and treatment program. (XXL Mag)
New York rapper Tony Yayo recently analyzed T.I.’s legal woes.
“Man, that’s f*cked up,” Yayo said about T.I.’s 11-month sentence in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. “Let me tell you something about fed probation. Fed probation, it’s kinda easy but it’s kinda bad. When I was on fed probation, I had six dirty urines and they gave me the drug program. They gave me the drug program. So they kinda lenient in certain ways, but in other ways, they’re not. I think really because he got arrested, it’s making the violation f*cked up. It’s making it an official violation. See, I was smoking weed — I never got arrested getting it and my P.O. was just like, ‘Yo, if you get more and more, if your levels don’t go down, we’re gonna violate you.’ Him, he got arrested in the Maybach. It’s just the police contact, it’s a f*cked up situation.” (Shade 45)
After turning himself in last week, T.I. released a letter to fans speaking on the punishment for violating his probation in October when arrested with drugs.
“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 conclusionsguys. 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)
Check out a recent T.I. interview down below: