Popular rapper T.I. was released from prison back in December 2009, but he was on the Wendy Williams Show Friday morning to talk about it. The rap mogul discussed a variety of topics with Wendy, including his recent unfortunate incarceration. While T.I. didn’t speak specifically of his life on the inside, Wendy did get the inside dirt on T.I. being released from prison, how his life has changed since then, and what got T.I. in his legal troubles to begin with.
T.I. Discusses Gun Charges and Jail Sentence
When T.I. was released from prison in December 2009, what was the first thing he ate? This was the first thing Wendy Williams asked the rap star during her T.I. interview on Friday. His response? “It may have been soul food….it may have been hot wings.” This line of questioning would prove to be but a polite segue into much darker subjects than food, however.
T.I. received his courtroom sentence of up to a year and one day in prison for a litany of felony gun charges back in March 2009. The T.I. gun charges case stemmed from a 2007 incident in a parking lot involving weapons, silencers and an undercover agent on the day T.I. should have been getting ready for the BET Awards. Instead, he was arrested and brought up on gun charges.
When Wendy Williams asked T.I. why he felt the need to try and acquire such heavy fire power in the first place, the rapper had the following to say:
“Well, you know, threats were made on my life. Attempts were made on my life.”, T.I. began. “Lives were claimed in my presence.”
T.I. was alluding to the death of his close friend in a Cincinnati shootout back in 2006. Philant Johnson was killed in a highway gun battle that reportedly included the firing of up to 50 shots. Several other members of T.I.’s crew were also hit in the Cincinnati shootout, but survived.
“It was fear in the form of paranoia, I think.” T.I. went on to explain how his environment growing up brought him back to the line of thinking that led him to make the choice to try and obtain illegal guns when faced with potential threats to his life and livelihood. Wendy Williams reminded the viewing audience that T.I. has six children and a fiance of eight years to protect, though neither Wendy nor T.I. attempted to excuse his behavior.
T.I. was released from prison after he served seven months of his one year sentence on gun charges. Since then, Wendy wanted to know, what has T.I. been doing differently to avoid walking down dark paths once more? “I’m applying thought to my actions a lot more now.”, T.I. explained. He went on to say he now actively avoids placing himself in shady situations, whenever possible.
T.I.’s New Album, “Uncaged”, and Movie, “Takers” – Summer 2010
T.I. has been busy after being released from prison following his sentence. T.I. will release a new album this summer titled, “Uncaged”, which ends a trilogy of sorts. T.I. explained that “T.I. VS T.I.P” came first, introducing him the world. The next album, “Paper Trails”, told the story. The upcoming “Uncaged”, T.I. explained, “is the conclusion.” Not the conclusion to T.I., but rather the darker road he was on before his gun charges and jail sentence.
T.I. will also be acting in and has written music for the “Takers” movie, which also features Chris Brown, Zoe Saldana, Matt Dillon and Hayden Christensen. The “Takers” movie is currently set to be released August 20, 2010, according to IMDB, though this is subject to change.