T.I. Makes Surprise Visit to West Philadelphia School

tip-main2.jpgT.I. made a surprise appearance at Harambee Charter School in West Philadelphia yesterday (June 11) according to Philly’s WPVI-TV. The Atlanta native used his celebrity status to preach a positive message to the kids about staying in school and not mimicking what they see in hip-hop videos. “When you leave out your home and go through your day, you see more people who don’t go to school than who do go to school,” T.I.P. said. “But that don’t make it right. Ain’t nothing lame, ain’t nothing punkish about being smart. Ain’t nothing punkish about being 25, 26, 28 and never had a run in with the law. That don’t make you a punk, man. That makes you a winner.” T.I., who claims he was a “misguided youth myself,” felt compelled to deliver a strong message that getting out of the ‘hood is something to strive for. “If only one of y’all walk away and say, I didn’t even look at it like that. I’m a start handling myself different,” T.I. told the crowd. “If I can get that from just one of y’all, then my job is done. I’m cool.”

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  • Caine

    Positive message from a good dude. Big up to TIP!

  • i’ll shit bag u

    damn they never had no rappers come 2 my fuckin schools when i was younger!! man fuck that nigga!!

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    Much respect to T.I. for that not most of these rapers will come out like that because they think its going to take away from they street cred. Thanks for telling the kids that it take a real dude to keep it real.

    And to all the dumb peps out there take some free advise KILL-YO-SELF

  • South Ambassador

    Real talk from the King of The South

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  • CJ

    real talk

  • krb

    yo that’s the bomb! talkin to the kids! letin them know whatz real and not! that’s the bomb!

  • krb

    that’s the bomb! big ups to tip!

  • i’ll shit bag u

    j-reese… get dat nigga dick out ya mouth…homo!!!

  • jameea

    Much respect to TI for giving a positive message .Hopefully someone was listening,he could have been doing something else.

  • ddubbzz

    ol soft ass light skinned nigga…fuck the kids

  • 818

    haha ddubbzz. that’s the six figure difference between us.

  • MartinV

    Good for you mayn

  • crown_holder23

    HEY DDUBBZZ dont know if u was joking or not but that was hella funny…fuck the kids hahahahaha…even though i know u aint mean it but the way u said it was funny CROWN_HOLDER23 LOVES THE KIDS ITS JUST FUNNY HE WOULD SAY THAT

  • drew diamondz

    tip loves the kids



  • tony starks

    fuck cares a rapper ent to a school said a few positive words so he can have a few more groupies and sell coiple more LP’s. dont mean shit when man aint preaching what he speaks. dis guy is fucking overatted cant quite understand the hype he aint do anything revolitionary aint saying nothing concious. fuck cares why’s there so many sheepS hyping T.I.?

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    To “ill shit bag u” get my dick out ya mouth ya fag and KILL-YO-SELF!! Dumb Fuck

  • jada

    Tony starks it’s ppl like u dat make ppl hate being gud n den u wonder y dere r so many bad ppl in d world.Everybody bigged him up u have 2 cum out wit sumthin negative u dumb ass person