“Although I am not thrilled about my next year and a day, I am pleased that I am beginning the process of putting this all behind me.” --T.I. on his current jail stint
It was just March when things were looking up for Atlanta rapper T.I. He had just finished a bid of a year and a day following his arrest in October 2007 for attempting to illegally purchase firearms.
His debut production film, "Takers," grabbed the top spot in a tooth-and-nail dogfight for number one with "The Last Exorcism." And he wed longtime girlfriend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle on July 31.
Then in the beginning of September, it all went down hill. T.I. and Tiny were arrested in Los Angeles on for alleged possession of a controlled substance.
According to an arrest report on the incident from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, during the course of a traffic stop involving Tip and Tiny on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood at , "deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle."
A narcotics investigation followed and both Tiny and T.I. were "found to be in possession of a controlled substance." And just like that, a federal judge revoked rapper T.I.'s probation Friday and ordered him back to prison for 11 months, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.
During the hearing, T.I. begged U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. not to send him back to prison, saying he needed to get help for drug addiction. He told the judge he "screwed up" and pleaded for mercy.
"I want drugs out of my life. If I can get the treatment and counseling I need ... I can beat this," T.I. told the judge, according to U.S. attorney spokesman Patrick Crosby. "I need help. For me, my mother, my kids, I need the court to give me mercy."
As a condition of T.I.'s release earlier this year, he was ordered not to commit another federal, state or local crime while on supervised release, or to illegally possess a controlled substance. He was also told to take at least three drug tests after his release and to participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program.
T.I.'s brilliant career has seen its fair share of interruptions, primarily due to legal troubles that have forced the rapper to take time away from the stage in order to sit behind bars.
In December 2001, there was an arrest for gun possession, a November 2002 instance where he was carrying a 10mm pistol and a 2004 bust during which authorities found a silencer-enhanced weapon, loads of ammunition and photos of T.I. handling guns just as his career was taking off on the heels of his breakout number, "Rubber Band Man.".
Luckily, this time appears to be different. Recently, T.I. penned another letter from jail maintaining he's "sick and motherf*cking tired of going to jail" and that his return to the pen this time is a " real *ss whoopin'."
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. I see this as a real ass 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 mother f*cking tired of going to jail, juve, prison, 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. Even though it's been a long road, I'm still standing, barely but nevertheless still standing. At one time I thought my motivation for continuing was for my fans, my partna Philant, my pops, my grandmama, even for the haters or the people I let down. But nah... I got to do this sh*t for me!!! I'll be God d*mned if I've come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this! F*ck that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my mother f*ckin' shades cause I'm ready to cash my darkest hours in...ASAP!!! A lot of folks had fathers or father figures in the house to raise them into manhood. I'm not trying to make any excuses for my situation but my father was a hustler that lived in New York. My uncle was a local big time dope boy turned 10 year federal inmate. My mother and grandparents did the best they could but I found my manhood in the trap and in prison systems. But I found it. And nan one of mine will ever have to feel the cold tight grip of a handcuff or grace the presence of a jail cell if I can help it. Over my dead body! So if you can't respect that you ain't rocking with my movement then F*ck you dog! I know a bunch of mother f*ckers who are.....
T.I. is right --he's come too far to "go down like this!" Hopefully, this will be his last time heading to the slammer.