for our little friend, T.I–otherwise known as the King of the South. As of Saturday evening he was arrested when his bodyguard turned informant was caught purchasing firearms for the pint-sized entertainer on the day he was supposed to perform on the BET Hip-Hop Awards. He is now in custody of the authorities for trying to buy firearms–machine guns to be exact–and there was also a barage of firearms in his Atlanta home. On top of all of this, he is a convicted felon so he has no business being in possession of these weapons.
I was so sure that T.I. was a smart man. Smart enough not to make such a stupid mistake. I don’t understand why he has need for machine guns and ammunition. I don’t understand why it needed to be purchased on the day he was to appear on the BET Hip-Hop Awards show–or why he needed to purchase them at all, he is not going to war. I don’t understand why a convicted felon would still dare participate in unsavory activity.
I thought that his song “Big Things Poppin” was an anthem telling the world that he has put away the things of his youth. A proclamation that the things he used to do, he doesn’t do anymore. I am sad because he has such promise ahead of him. A career in film, a decent career as a rapper, a commitment to being a father and a boyfriend, and in a blink of an eye this could all be taken away from him.
I really hope this was all a big misunderstanding or better yet…A publicity stunt–that’s what everyone wants to believe anyways.