T.I. could also use a bailout

When I read, earlier this year, that T.I., an umpteen-time felon, somehow managed to get off in his gun case with just a few months in jail, and community service, which of course is gonna double as publicity for his new album, I figured he must have told on somebody.

But now I’m not sure what to think. The other day, T.I. got dragged into court again, this time by one of his babies’ mothers, looking to help alleviate the strain of this current recession by charging his ass for some more child support, and he somehow managed to get lucky yet again.

Supposedly, T.I. had been breaking off the mother of his two oldest children, Orangelo and Lemonjelo, with $2,000 a month, on some under the table type shit, plus buying them all kinds of toys and what have you. But the babies’ mother – probably some awful hoodrat from back before he was a rapper (you see what he’s with now) – was upset that he kept all of the toys and shit at his house, and that she couldn’t afford to provide them with the same level of material comfort when they were with her.

I guess she didn’t want the kids to get the idea, because they had all of these amazing toys at T.I.’s house, but all they had at her house was a bag of rocks and glass, that she was worthless sack of shit that couldn’t even afford to buy her kids any toys. As if Ninja Turtles cost that much money. So she lawyered up and set about having the amount of her payments increased. Which shouldn’t have been all that difficult, given the success T.I. has had in his career.

But get this: T.I. somehow managed to get away with only having the amount of his child support increased by $1,000, to $3,000. That’s only $1,500 per future criminal. There must be guys who haven’t even been in movies that are getting raped worse than that each month. Shit, if T.I. stops buying these little bastards toys, which I would, on GP, he might even end up making money on this deal.

Which makes me wonder: Does T.I. really just have the most incredible lawyers evar, even more so than the guy Fiddy Cent uses? Or could it be that there’s more to it? Like, the judge had a look at T.I.’s financial situation and determined that there’s just not a whole lot he’s gonna be able to do for those poor bastards.

Of course, I’m gonna assume it’s the latter.

On seemingly every track on T.I.’s new album, Paper Trail, he addresses the issues he’s been going through for the past year or so, and the various things that have been said about him in the media. He even mentions blogging a few times – which makes me wonder if he spent his time on house arrest checking his RSS feeds in Bloglines and Googling his own name. Probably, right?

It struck me as odd, the other day, when I reviewed Paper Trail for my own site, that at one point, he bitched about people suggesting that he was going broke. Really? Because I don’t seem to recall mentioning in any of my posts about him that he was running out of money. How would I even know? I mean, I could see if he was complaining about people saying that Tiny looks like a space alien. *rimshot*

No but really, you wonder if that line about people saying he went broke isn’t actually a bit of projection on his part, if I’m using that term correctly. (If I’m not, well, you catch my drift.) Maybe he really is concerned about his financial situation, and it somehow worked its way into one of his raps, on some paging Dr. Freud type shit. (Don’t let me find out he’s got a line in one of his songs about space aliens.)

It would make sense. In addition to the two he just got charged for, he’s got enough other kids to start his own mini boot camp for juvenile delinquents. And that’s not even counting the ones Tiny failed to carry to term. (My bad.) I don’t know if he’s Catholic, or if the public schools down there in Georgia don’t have a strong sex ed program or what. And you have to think, if the nasty jumpoff from his pre-rap days managed to stick him for $3,000 a month, he must be paying at least that much, if not more, for the rest of his kids.

And let’s not forget, he spent the last year or so in court and on house arrest, and he’s about to spend even more time in the pokey. So not only must he have paid out the ass to his lawyer, but it’s not like he was able to go out and do any shows. Which, I think we all know, is where the real money is. I mean, yeah, his albums have sold pretty well. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t making very much money at all just on album sales. From what I understand, most artists don’t, even if they’re successful.

Am I saying the guy’s definitely broke, like I am? No. He was on Entourage the other day, which has got to be good for at least a few grand. And you have to figure he’s got at least a few grand a month lying around, if a judge thinks he can afford to pay that much in child support. But I wouldn’t be surprised if T.I.’s financial situation really is just as fucked the fuck up as the scenario I’ve laid out here, if not even more so.

  • Pierzy

    He may have paid a ton for lawyers but being on house arrest keeps you away from leaving the crib and spending cash. I know plenty of dudes that would be sitting on plenty of money if they weren’t out every weekend trying to front…

  • http://moisdeadserious.com Marvelous Mo

    He def denies snitching to reduce what he should have gotten for holding all of those guns. But its about time the baby mamas get checked in the court system.

    I’m sure T.I. is storing a few stacks under his mattress or in a “tennis shoe” shoe box. he seems like the type that would do that. He’ll be aight.

  • foshiggadale

    sitting around worrying about another man’s stacks is the ghey. What you forgot to mention was that he’s starred in and produced Hollywood films, i.e. where the real money is. Shit, just off residuals from ATL & American Gangster, he’d be living fine. Not to mention that his record label actually manages to release relevant albums (Best Thang Smokin’, Gangsta Grillz: The Album, In Da Streets Volume 4, 25 To Life).

  • master cheef

    in the gun case, t.i.’s lawyers made it clear they would drag the case out forever and ever. the feds struck a deal just to go ahead and get the shit over with.

    when you got lawyers like he got, no little hoodrat is gonna stick you for your paycheck. these are the same lawyers the ti’s(the other kind of ti’s) use.

    tip has most def spent a bundle on these attorneys, but i’m sure he’s still got some set aside. if not, he’ll make it back

  • TheCo!!inB

    if she had any common sense she’d suck a few more peen’s, write a book and do right by her kids…..that’s what a good mom would do.
    as for TI, I think you might be right Bols *pause*….whenever niggas start talkin about shit NO ONE else bought up you gotta give em that “oh word” side eye…..my guess is he spent it all on topical ointment for that herpe action around his mouth.

  • og bobby j

    word..tiny is ass trash and feable…

    • EReal

      You LIE! You just hate her cause shes a dark butt!!

      *snickers*

      Naw man, she’s garbage, poppin e pills while preggo. She’s a stem cell factory for sure the way she pumps out still born fetuses.

  • Neven

    T i is getting off with only playing 3000 a month cause he has all that shit at home for his kids. if he is like me he has the receipts for the first pamper he bought the kid. with that being said the courts looked at him as being a good father and supporting his kids so why should he be punished for being a good father. it’s the deadbeats that should be punished.

    • BIGNAT

      yup she was just trying to get extra cash to buy herself some shit. since he has been paying and giving up extras what she thought the court was going do to him. they give that ho another g so she can stop bitching. if she a nice baby mama she can spend a g on both the kids and keep a g for herself.

  • http://www.asdf.com Hey

    SAW 5 – “You won’t believe how it ends”??? So this is what we’ve come to, modern movies?

  • http://www.prettypancakes.com www.prettypancakes.com

    orrrrrrr combine the two

    TI paid off the judges to let him off the hook and is now broke as shyte. Prolly pulled a young buck though and got owned by the tax man too though.

  • Detroit P

    Lol..are those the kids real names?…Orange jello and lemon jello

  • the real jay

    you didn’t say he was going bankrupt dummy. sohh.com put up that rumor while he was on house arrest. paper trail is a classic.

    • EReal

      You should kill yourself for calling an album classic before it even drops. For calling a T.I. album classic period, and your overall douchebaggery.

  • j squared

    this dude has to be going broke to bring it up. you forgot to mention that whole pimp squad clik he supports cause they don’t sell any records. those kids will eat up any money you have.

  • El Tico Loco

    See you kinda went off on dude like he got it like that and those are the only kids he got, I’m sure a lot more was factored into the bottom line like his many other kids (because his income got to be even accross all his pending child support cases) Whether this BM (baby mama or bowel movement)has a job or not has to be one of those factors(doubt she has a job or even wants to work). Not saying to not take of your own but damn son it takes two to make unless she is a HOUSEWIFE WIFE being the operative word in respect to TI, She needs to bring something to the table too; what, you pushed them out? She is not the first or last female to put their ashy feet they couldn’t reach for nine months on some stirrups at Grady so MOM up!

  • El Tico Loco

    caught a typo

    See you kinda went off on dude like he got it like that and those are the only kids he got, I’m sure a lot more was factored into the bottom line like his many other kids (because his income got to be even accross all his pending child support cases) Whether this BM (baby mama or bowel movement)has a job or not has to be one of those factors(doubt she has a job or even wants to work). Not saying to not take care of your own but damn son it takes two to make unless she is a HOUSEWIFE WIFE being the operative word in respect to TI, She needs to bring something to the table too; what, you pushed them out? She is not the first or last female to put their ashy feet they couldn’t reach for nine months on some stirrups at Grady so MOM up!

  • styles11

    man seriously were the heck did t.i get tiny from i just googled all the chicks who claimed to have had sex with him and i can count all the tight hoes the rest look like lil’ wayne sucking birdmans dick
    but i dont think he broke he just has some really good lawyers and hid his arab money in some swiss bank accounts to make himself appear broke if that stupid slut cant afford to keep the kids she should just hand them over to the dude period why the extra money that just shows she a OG gold digger

  • The Cracka-Ass-Cracka

    Lets look at T.I. King And Ti vs. TIP sold very well ATL which he was a star for must have done pretty good in the boxoffice American Gangsta defintley did well he was in that, You get a check just for finishing a album his album is done he can do shows and make apperences for money I dont think he is faceing any financial you fuckin idiot you continue to make horrible posts

  • tate

    Dude has more business than music.

  • Yaw

    “And that’s not even counting the ones Tiny failed to carry to term”.

    That was a harsh line, but other than that this post was jokes, especially the “Only $1,500 per future criminal” line.

    Still though I would n’t be surprised if T.I was actually ‘broke’. AS you said, he’d been on house arrest for quite a bit and even now he has a curfew which I’m sure impedes on his ability to tour quite a bit.

  • DV8

    Oh Boy look what 50′s BM done started. Broke BM’s everywhere want a raise.

  • geico lizard

    he is almost broke because his record label bailed him out for like 3 million so he has to pay them back for that plus he has to support those psc guys. his ex wanted 10grand a month so she is still mad at him. i dont think he is paying tiny alot of money for kids because she is actually with him and some women want the man more than the money so he can go cheat as much as he wants as long as he comes home to tiny she wont hit him over the head with child support payments.

  • these posts are racist

    Jay – I really don’t think people understand how serious this is…

  • TTTToby

    B.C. You must be one of those smart dumb niggas. This B.C. Nigga is droppin salt on T.I.P. because he has 10000000 times the amount of money of this S.D.N. How can you be a music critic Nigga if you don’t know what the fuck music is in the first place? You obviously do this blog for free in hopes of getting your’ dick sucked..(by a female) I bet momma Crawford is real proud of her Smart Dumb Nigga. Get a real job you bitch before someone takes your blogging for real.

  • TTTToby

    Byron Crawford.. I must apologize for my earlier rant. T.I. always has jail time for his up and coming album! I’m Serious, Urban Fucking Legend! and now Paper Trail…? Seems like dudes got a good connection with not only the “T.I.’s of the industry but the ones in the Gov’t too, I mean how many felonies does this dude have? Like seven not even mentioning the recent gun charges, how the fuck does he get one year of prison, is this the new Frank Lucas? How can a brother get one year after having seven mother fucking felonies? Dude eats cheese or straight up is the devil himself.. I’m starting to think his soul is sold to the devil just like Lil Weezy

  • http://xxlmag.com pecangirl

    Ya’ll some dumb hatin ass muthafuckas talking about he broke! U just want a nigga to be broke that’s whats wrong wit black niggas know always fucking HATIN! This man has the #2 song in the country called a HELL OF LIFE. Did u forget he did a movie wit DENZEL WASHINGTON called AMERICAN GANGSTERS, & he has another movie coming out wit CHRIS BROWN.Tiny has her on money from the group XSCAPE and other things like the BET show.Get yo money up stop hatin on the next man I can’t stand that shit!!

    FREE BRYNN SERMON/ T.I.P.King of the ATL

  • http://xxlmag pecangirl

    FREE BRYNN SERMON

    FREE TIP

    STOP HATIN BASTARDS U SOUND JEALOUS!!!!!!!

    Reply 2 me & I will get in yo ass!!!!!!!!!