50 Cent struck first, but don’t expect T.I. to strike back at all. For now, at least.
The Atlanta rapper is taking the high road. On a new G-Unit record previewed for media members in New York last week, Fif questioned how Tip received little jail time for the 2007 gun charges he was hit with.
“Nowadays this rap shit ain’t adding up/How niggas get caught with 10 machine guns, only get 12 months?”
T.I., however, already embroiled in a feud with Shawty Lo refused to take the bait.
When question about 50’s attack by SOHH, Tip declined to comment. The Grand Hustle CEO said it wasn’t like the G-Unit head to strike out in song without saying something in person first.
Tip was arrested in October of 2007 hours before the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. The rapper was charged with felony gun possession and faced up to 10 years in prison. In March of this year, though, a U.S. District Judge signed off on a plead deal that would see T.I. face a year in prison.
T.I. has a history of felony charges and many believed his latest run in with the law would have resulted in a hefty sentence. But when he struck a deal that netted him a relatively easier sentence many were surprised. Comments were made about the power of his legal team and also questions arose whether or not the rapper cooperated with authorities.
The rapper hasn’t spoken at length regarding the situation but has since admitted his mistake. “I was running with guns and not God,” he explained to MTV News.
The rapper was also ordered to perform 1,500 hours of community service in addition to his upcoming jail time. The community service is to consist of speaking to youth groups across the country. Ten days ago, Tip, along with The Wire actor Anwon Glover and former mayor Marion Barry, spoke at a Washington D.C. area Boys & Girls Club.—Nino “Dubs” Deluca