Incarcerated rapper T.I. has broken silence on his publicized Los Angeles drug possession arrest which landed him behind bars serving an 11-month sentence.
Reflecting on the arrest in a pre-jail interview, T.I. recalled initially not being concerned upon getting stopped by police.
“When the cop pulled me over, I wasn’t thinking nothing. At that point, I didn’t even know what was in my pocket,” T.I. explained. “So I’m thinking, Here’s my license, come on with the ticket. And he immediately opened the door like, like, ‘Get out!’ [I thought,] This is different. You haven’t even ran my license, the tag, nothing. You just pulled me out the car and put my hands behind my back immediately. So right then, I was like, ‘This is some bullsh*t.’ And then he started patting me down, and he went in my pocket and found the pills. And I was like, ‘Ahhh sh*t!'” (VIBE)
T.I. also said he did not possess marijuana when arrested.
“I don’t smoke weed. I don’t allow anybody to smoke weed in my car. Just as sure as you don’t smell weed in here right now, I don’t see how he could have. I’m not going to point the finger and call [the officer] a liar. It doesn’t benefit my situation much to stand on a soapbox and say, ‘He’s a liar, he’s a liar.’ But there were no ashes in the ashtray. There is no weed in my system.” (VIBE)
Last month, the rapper released a letter through his TrapMuzik.com website speaking on his jail experience.
“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 ass 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. began his sentence behind bars in early November.
T.I. will not be allowed to leave the Northern District of Georgia without consent from the probation office after release. 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)
Check out a pre-jail T.I. interview down below: