T.I. Loses General Motors Endorsement Deal

With 1000 hours of community service to complete by next March, losing a lucrative endorsement deal may be the least of T.I.’s worries, but it’s a prime example of the shaky relationship between big business and artists with high profile legal problems. During a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tip revealed that Big Three automaker General Motors has ended its relationship with the rapper as a result of his federal weapons case. “Nah GM had to back up off of me,” the Grand Hustle CEO told reporter Sonia Murray when she asked about the deal. “There are films that I missed out on. Not speaking of, of course, shows. Tours. Tons of business. I’ve probably lost about $10 to $12 million dollars.” Despite the huge financial toll his legal problems have taken on his career, Tip remains surprisingly upbeat, explaining that he’s just happy to have the opportunity to earn money elsewhere. During a 2007 interview with MTV prior to his arrest, T.I. explained that he had no problem with corporations cutting ties with artists due to controversy. “If I hire you today based on what I knew about you prior to me hiring you and I learned something tomorrow about you that I feel like doesn’t represent this company in the light that I see fit, then I reserve the right to not have you represent me,” he told MTV’s Sucker Free Blog. “As long as I’m not being malicious and it’s not race, creed, gender or nothing like that, I think that anybody who holds the checkbook reserves that right.”

  • What’s crackin’

    Tip lucky that he didn’t get drop from alantic altogether. Thats what happened when Curtis got shot Columbia drop his ass off the label. If you are found guilty of federal charges you shouldn’t be able to keep your job.

    • I Know Rap

      exactly how stupid are you? 50 got dropped cause he didnt move units like he did with interscope. So theres no reason to keep an artist with a moderate buzz on a major after legal problems. Plus, T.I. is a cash cow for atlantic. and you’re the kind of fuck that blocks other people from money. “shouldn’t be able to keep your job.” how else are you going to eat if you cant earn? dont post stupid comments.

    • xlwhite

      @whats crackin’ – what do you think people will do for money without a job if they cant get one b/c of a federal charge…
      @i know rap- 50 got shot, almost died, and dropped from columbia BEFORE his cd came out=he didnt have a chance to move units(haha you dont know rap)

  • HELLAVER

    MY NIGGA WILL NOT FOLD! FUC THAT THOUSAND HOURS AN A YEAR! BUT THAT IS FUCD UP HE LOST ALL THAT SCRILLA CUZ I KNO HE PAYIN ALL THEM CROOKED MOTHAFUCS OFF SO IT WOULDA HELPED…

  • deezhul

    keep ya head up ti

  • leroymoneyman

    No one likes a snitch – not even GM.

    What is it about southern men snitching, I heard Big Meech (Demetrius Flenory) was telling on everybody in jail, and responsible for the convictions of about 10 hustlers.

    T.I. (the I stands for Informant) and Big Meech (the Snitch of the South) should do a collaboration together.

    • Nick

      “No one likes a snitch – not even GM.”

      LMFAOOOOOOOOO
      Just thinking that same shit.

    • REAL

      Please quit talkin on what you don’t know. Southern men snitching? Even folks thats born and bred in New York will tell you they got some of the most notorious Kingpin snitches in history… And if you’re not from up North pls believe the West got’em too. Besides get the right definition of snitchin b4 you talk about it… And Big Meech is not a southern hustler he is from the Midwest and so is his brother, aka SOUTHWEST T …

  • ALICE

    i don’t think he is cool.Ironically ,he recently joined a famous dating site,named “LOVINGRICH COM”,seeking girlfriends.of course ,there are full of celebrities,millionaires,and beauties on that site.I joined too, and i think i will be lucky/

  • steez

    everyone who gets off with a light sentence doesn’t snitch, why is that always assumed? it was the feds who have a 99% conviction rate he plead guilty doesnt mean he told on anyone

  • FPL

    Well Said Tip.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mlyfe M-LYFE

    Im glad he had a professional outlook on the whole thing and wasn’t a hoe about it. Honestly, thats why that nigga is the KING. That money he lost he will get more in the the long run and shit maybe not even a long run but a short jog(lol). Keep yah head up Tip

  • menaceman305

    Tha Boy A Stand Up Guy,

    a real nigga can do nothin but respect tha situation and take it for what its worth. He accepts the responsibility and gave them credit from a corporate stand point they didn’t let him go behind any bias or racial reasons, and he owned up to it.

    Still a TI fan, definetly respect the man as a man himself.

    He will rise again, real niggaz will never stay down.

    “and if i gotta do some time i’ll be right back” – TI “Stomp”

    Dade County Stand Up!!! We In Here!!!

  • Richard

    Ohio’s finest check me out and add me thanks.

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  • Rednose pit bull

    you guys are all nut gripping fucking idiots!! ti losesing money because he maded really stupid choices,now get off his nuts and stop feeling bad for him,hes lucky hes not doing 10 yrs,who gives a fuck if he loses money…none of us would have got only a yr for what he did,and esspecially with his record…hes an idiot who got lucky because he snitched

  • HU

    Why is it wrong to inform the police of criminal activity in your neighborhood so that things can be cleaned up for everyone? Why is “hustling” and illegal activity the cool thing to do? SOMEONE EXPLAIN.

    • xlwhite

      nobody does shit BECAUSE its illegal,they do it in SPITE of it. only dumb lil kids think its cool, but a lot of laws dont reflect the will/feelings of most people. there is a record high(and increasing) number of people incercerated(more than 1 out of every 100 americans are in jail) example:more than 20 mil people smoke marijuana, good, hard working people. the people dont need to change, laws do. one

  • Ghost Deini

    OH MY GOD! WHAT’S THIS MEAN FOR HIP-HOP!?!?!

  • xlwhite

    Who could he have ‘snitched on’, he ‘bought’ the guns off a undercover agent?
    and i did the math on 1000 hours, if he worked community service 40 hours a week, he’d be doin it for 6 months and 1 week, daaamn. keep ya head up, TI.

  • The Kid

    T.I. got off because most of the evidence was obtained illegally and it was suppressed. He also has the money to pay the best lawyers. If you drop $10 million on any case you’re probably gonna win. Money can buy anything in America.

  • http://xxlmag.com Shadythagreat

    SNITCH!!!! I’AM KEEP ON SAYING THIS SHIT ON EVERY FUCKING SITE ABOUT THIS RAT. EVEN THE CORPORATE SIDE KNOWS WHO HE REALLY IS WHICH IS A SNITCH!!

  • DAT_NIG_KAVI

    KEEP YO HEAD UP TIP. FUCK U HATERS

  • http://www.yahoo.com Deshawn Bailey

    Will everyone leave T.I alone he admitted that he made a mistake he’s human just like we are we all make mistakes keep ya head up T.I.P

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Dude should count himself lucky, but TI still got plenty of fans, he should be aight.

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  • Method Man

    Maybe he can get some of that $ back by getting a sponsorship deal with the NRA.

    Fucking idiot.

  • Phantom

    “Snitch, Snitch, Snitch…” It’s all I hear from these hatin’ fools. What makes him a snitch? Honestly, if a successful brotha gets some top-of-the-line lawyers, smooth talks the judge, and man up to the crime hes committed,
    it makes said brotha a decent person, NOT A DAMN SNITCH AS SOME OF YOU FOOLS BELIEVE.

    Stop hatin’ on Tip, at least he’s trying to rectify his actions and be productive with his life……

  • the pimp

    A LOT OF IGNORANT BLACKS. I CALL YOU ALL IGNORANT BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER…

  • dtp4life

    T.I.P deserve it, but the bad thing is that this jail thing isnt gonna do anything exept boost his career and publicity. Plus if it werent for the beef’s wit lil flip, and ludacris he wouldnt have made it this far. Finally, there is a rumored track called”king of bankhead” its supposed to be a shawty lo diss

  • KILLA KING

    THATS SOME REAL NIGGA SHIT TO TAKE RESPONSIBLETY FO YO OWN ACTIONS ALL JOKES ASIDES TIP STILL KING IN MY BOOK

  • http://www.myspace.com/mrgreedy Mr.Greedy

    I wonder who they will give the next deal to?

  • LOSTGYRL

    ONLY A KNUCKLE HEAD WOULD THINK BEING A CRIMINAL IS A COOL WAY TO MAKE A LIVING.. YOU DO THE CRIME EXPECT TO DO THE TIME!!! I RESPECT T.I FOR ACCEPTING HIM FAULTS… IN LIFE WE MAKE BAD CHOICES, AND WE CAN EITHER LIVE WITH THEM OR DEAL WITH THEM!!! BEING A HUSTLER IS SOMEONE WHO TAKES LIFE SITUATIONS AND MAKES THE BEST OF THEM!! STANDING ON THE CORNER SELLING CRACK OR DOPE TO YOUR NEIGHBOR IS A SELFISH ACT!! I WOULD NEVER BRING THAT KIND OF HARDSHIP TO MY COMMUNITY!!!!!!

    GROWN MEN DO GROWN MEN THINGS.. LIKE TAKE CARE OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS, CHILDREN,AND SO FORTH!!!

    ALOT OF YOU GUYS ON THIS SITE NEED TO GET A GRIP AND GROW THE FUCK UP!!!!

    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/LOSTGYRL

  • SEXYLADY444

    i feel T.I. STOOD TALL REGARDLESS OF HIS PROBLEMS, SO IF THEY WANT TO BOOT YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE A REAL NIG-A THEN LET THEM BECAUSE ONE MONKEY DONT STOP NO SHOW LET THE HATERZ HATE YA DIGG HOLLER……..

  • Frisby

    There’s so many damn clowns on this website…He got a light sentence cuz hes rich, not cuz he snitched….money is power and you cant snitch when you buy shit off an undercover

  • klazziq

    shadythagreat….. u stupid homie

  • mrddp3

    Only time will tell……

  • K Kills

    Good to see GM doesn’t employ snitch bitch niggas. He still has his night job (workin for da feds)