XXcLusive: T.I. To Address Alfamega Controversy, Says DJ Drama

In response to the recent outing of Grand Hustle rapper Alfamega as a DEA informant by The Smoking Gun, label head and “King of the South” T.I. plans to address the media “soon,” according to DJ Drama in an interview with XXLMag.com last night (May 7).

“I spoke to Tip about it and Tip is definitely preparing to speak to the media about the situation,” Drama told XXL. “And as boss man, I would definitely honor him to make a statement before I make a statement, but there’s definitely a consensus among [Grand Hustle].”

Though The Smoking Gun has been known to invade the private lives of rappers — also outing Rick Ross as a corrections officer last year —Drama remains understandable of the intrusions in the name of authenticity.

“When you put yourself as a public figure and you put yourself out there to represent one thing and it comes out that you represent the opposite, the public has the right to be aware of that,” said Drama. “We all know hip-hop is about being true to yourself and being true to your name. Ice Cube said it long time ago — it’s about being real with yourself whoever you may be.” - Devin Chanda

  • Pierzy

    T.I.: “‘Grand Hustle’ and ‘Pimp Squad Clique’ will now be known as “Grand Snitch” and “Pimp Snitch Clique,” respectively. Pimpin’ Pimpin’…”

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      This nigga gonna cop a plea for snitchin?? SMH look @ the phrase “Gangsta Rap” has turned to.

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    THIS SHIT LIKE HIGH SCHOOL…. EVERYBODY WORRIED BOUT WHAT ANOTHA NIGGA DOIN’…. LIKE HIM SNITCHIN TO GET 18 MONTHS TAKEN OFF A 12 YEARS SENTENCE REALLY HAS ME WATCHIN MY BACK…. I COULD GIVE TEN FUCKS… SO FUCKIN WHAT…

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “WE SHININ’” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- TRILLA))

  • tony fly

    MAYBE NIGGAS STOP DOING CRIME KNOWING THAT NIGGAS WILL SNITCH ON THEM!!!

    • http://www.datpiff.com/Dont_Panic_Entertainment_Max_Profit_The_Drugs_Ar.m44293.html Max Profit

      Real Talk! The Game is ugly out there!

  • http://sstp1885.com CL

    T.I. stay with sum drama like the DJ. When the smoke clears I’m sure me, u, and the rest of the public will understand. When u in the public eye you got fans, hatas, and na sayers that just what to spread dirt with out knowledge of whats going on. church

  • TheKidd

    It’s a real fucked up thing when niggas show no loyalty

  • The_Truth

    ***I applaud TI for being a stand-up dude for his family. . .but it isn’t a good-look for the ‘Grand Hustle muscle’ to be spoken for 2nd hand.

    If he wants a second chance at a career, speaks for yourself and some MAY respect you. Admit or deny what you may, but show you want your voice heard.

    Otherwise, that hard shit you spit will be a joke.

    • benjamin bixby III

      CO-SIGN 1,000,000%

    • Enlightened

      Second chance at a career? When did that nigga have a first chance?

  • Worley

    “Rap became a version of Malcolm and Martin”

    Nas “Last Real N*gga Alive”

    • benjamin bixby III

      WHAT DO YOU THINK HE MEANT BY THAT?

      • Worley

        It became comedy then it became buffoonery like “Malcolm & Eddie” and “Martin,” hence “Malcolm and Martin.” He definitely was not talking about Malcolm X and MLK Jr.

        • 619

          He wasn’t talkin’ about no fuckin’ T.V. show. He was talkin’ about the Pac/Big beef. Pac bein’ the agressor.

        • B.C.

          Lmfao….

  • tony

    Drama is my advice to you. Leave the snitch bitches. B.G. left and diss T.I. on a song. Snitch can get they self kill and who ever else around them. T.I won’t sell lots of records no more. Bitch T.I. won’ted Ice Cube on a song with him. Cube said I don’t make song with snitches. That’s real!

    • DevoG

      Why won’t he? White folks in the suburbs love snitches? Not to mention a clique of ‘em.

      That may come off harsh so let me rephrase that. White folks don’t care about snitching to the point where they won’t buy someone’s album because of it. Especially a rap record! It’s just entertainment to them! We’re the one’s who put so much stock in our entertainers that the shit they do seems to effect us personally. I’ve been telling cats for years that it’s damn near impossible to be a gangster and an entertainer. There a walking contradiction, even in a society that loves gangster movies, and music.

      SMH @ niggaz acting like Alfalpha snitched on them.

      Even though it is funny to imagine Mega as that cat in Belly, eating a banana, talking bout “Yeah Ima have drop a dime on them fools”. Lol – Every time I think about someone snitching I imagine them in that scene.

  • Truth To Power

    People are missing the whole deep social aspect of this thing, and that’s sad. A certain segment the hip hop listening public which happens to fuel what most rappers are “suggested” to put out, has developed this bloodlust with rappers that have lived some type of life of crime or violence. Especially the ones that rap about it. That’s why you probably won’t see the same dudes at a Styles P and Lupe show. This “Movement” has even caused some rappers to exaggerate and in some cases, fabricate, a lifestyle of crime to be heard and accepted. When said rapper is exposed as a liar, said public condems them as not being “real.” Maybe Rick Ross only flipped onions instead of Ki’s. So what he had a real 9 to 5 before the rap. Who are we to judge? Fifty didn’t “get shot nine times OR do a 3 to 9″ like “him” and we(yall) love him. He signed an order of protection against the people he calls pussies, and we(yall) love him. If The Smokin Gun hadn’t exposed the snitchery of Alfamega, we(yall) would’ve crowned him a “real nigga” cause he busts a few heads and scowls. Sheesh! The world is very different now”…..

    • http://xxl gside

      Man how the fuck you condone snitching , in the same breath you hate on a nigga about some shit that may or may not be true coming from the same group of nigga who tried to have him killed and got they spot snatch by 50 . Come on be real least this nigga real did get shot now if it 3 or 9 times who real cares and I ain’t never been shot but what motherfucker tell me it burn like a motherfucker , and if they were brave enough to run up on a somebody with some heat and live to tell the story they never do it again , my point is getting shot is getting shot if you get shot 1 or 20 times and live or die it’s the same thing. But tell ever body your the biggest drug deal in the world and come to find out you had a nine to five and not just some burger flipping job that would be really OK but in truth your a cop face it he was a cop then lie about it how lame is that and that why he lied so tough because he knows he’s in full violation he wish it was picture of him in a burger king uniform instead bet money on that.The other guy is just a rat plan and simple . My main point is if you got real war story and add on a little bit that life ever body dose that it’s rare you get the story how it happens you get from the person who was there point of view lying and telling a story how you see it is to different things and ratting is just ratting.

      • Truth To Power

        @gside:First of all, I definately didn’t/don’t condone snitchin in any form or fashion. I caught a BS case and got a 3 year offer with a 20 yr risk for some shit that my peoples(at the time) did that I got caught up in. Even though these faggots left me fa dead, snitching wasn’t an option because I respect the code. I also wasn’t dumb enough to risk catchin 20 if I blow trial so I told my Public Pretender(yeah, my paper was funny) that if he can “get it down” to 18mos., I’m on it. He did, I copped out and bidded. That’s just one of many examples of me followin the code. As far as 50, just like Ricky, a document surfaced that Curtis Jackson signed against members of Murder Inc. after his shooting and stabbing. It’s a fact. At the time 50 accused the cops of making him do it as some sort of procedure. His buzz was just so crazy by then that niggas ignored it. That 3 to 9 was actually an 8 month stint in Boot Camp, not prison. 50 never walked the yard. And that’s not hate. I have ALL 50′s cd’s and that’s the point. He doesn’t Have to do Every fuckin thing he raps about. I’m mature and smart enought to know that some is art, some is real. And in art, you have the right to exaggerate. If I was an Mc and made rhymes about bein from the streets and bein real would it be fake even though I’ve been a youth mentor for the last 5+ years and had a 9 to 5 (at least off and on) for the last 10 yrs? My record will show 3 prison stints but things are different now. What if I rhymed about catching bodies? My peeps caught many bodies, but I didn’t. So would I be fake if it was revealed that I only Shot someone?

        • http://xxl gside

          Hell naw you wouldn’t be fake not in the least bit you can tell somebody else story if y’all close and they want you to that what PAC use to do “Brenda had a baby” shit you can make a hot song about what you go thru whats going on around you what happen to you dad, brother, sister, moms, or cousin friends or who ever it’s a lot of story need to be told all the time the person that it happen to is not strong enough or alive or don’t want to tell Malcolm X story nobody calling Alex Haley fake. Just don’t come around trying to sell yourself as what you rap about and it ain’t true matter a fact if it is true don’t talk get you a rapper an front your face on him see what happen to “BMF” and don’t say your a G when you know your a rat go get a job and go to church. God bless you for being a stand up nigga hope you learn your lesson about fuck’in with them fakes that one story I know to well “catch a case for another nigga a he act like he never knew you” Big Mike no nuts no glory 1993 .Stay up.

        • Truth To Power

          No doubt my dude. I’ma do just that.

  • KEITH

    THERE IS SOME REAL BITCH SHIT IN RAP! A NIGGA LIKE C.O. RICKY ROSS CAN LIE ABOUT BEING DOWN WITH AN DRUG CARTEL AND BITCH NIGGAS BUY HIS CD! RAP IS LIKE HOLLYWOOD, THESE NIGGAS IS PLAYING ROLES OF GANGSTAS AND DRUG DEALERS! ONCE THESE FAKE ASS NIGGAS PUT THE MIC DOWN, THEY SHOULDN’T BRING THIER WORK HOME! KRSONE, NAS, EM, AND T.I. THE LAST REAL NIGGAS ALIVE IN HIPHOP!

    • MeNaCe

      Y iz Eminem so real 2 u? Or T.I.? We know KRS’s and Nas’s background.

  • whats CraCCin

    Stop SnitChing!!!!!

  • whats CraCCin

    if ti snitChed then smoking gun would of had that by now. and who the fucc did he snitCh on the poliCe he bought the gun from LMAO think people

  • Tre

    Y’all mothafuckas is dumb as fuck to keep calling TI a snitch. If this nigga snitched why the hell would he keep telling you to read about his case and how it is public record? FUCKING READ!!! There are a lot of niggas he could have told on and he never did. Find the paper work and read it. How did that not show up on the smoking gun first? Aint nobody tellin that good. Anybody who screams snitch and doesn’t learn the whole story should get the NEGRO PLEASE tratment on this website

    Now Alfamega did snitch, TI didn’t. GOT DAMMIT, READ SOME SHIT!!

    • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

      Co-sign that shit…I’m surprised people still calling him a snitch to this day, you would think all these cats read that damn report already LOL

  • KEITH

    YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT! AS YOU CAN ALL SEE, T.I. DIDN’T SNITCH OR SMOKINGGUN.COM WOULD MAKE IT PUBLIC YOU DUMB FUCKS WHO CALL T.I. A SNITCH! READ YOU DUMB FUCKS!! READ!!!!

  • 6Cubed

    Yall mothafukkaz crazy this nigga sold guns n drugs and yall suprised that he a snitch? GTFOH…the game is cutthroat for real. Yall fools watchin’ too many movies. Ain’t no honor amongst criminals. Quit watchin’ these bullshit azz movies watch 48 hrs (not the movie) watch how them fools be snitchin’ like a mofo.

  • MeNaCe

    In the early ’90s we got sick of mainstream east coast, dance-routine, back up dancers type of hip hop. Rap left N.Y. and it hasn’t been the same since it landed in California because a blueprint was displayed. N.W.A.(the FUCK THA POLICE crew) did what they wanted in front of whoever when they wanted to. Death Row Records showed that you can be hard as hell and talk plenty of shit about bitches and hos, and be on top of the MUSIC industry at a time when Gangsta Rap wasn’t respected at all(no airplay or videoplay). And Suge got RICH AS HELL!!! Fast forward from ’93 to ’97:no more Pac & Big. No Limit came with the EXACT same formula as Death Row but even grimier. See how rich Master P. got??? So the standard was set. A lot of these rappers grew up on that NWA and Death Row, were raised on it like similac. So it’s not surprising that these rappers nowadays want to appeal to the streets and be king of the streets or the hood.

  • HIP HOP NERD

    all i have to say is BUGGS THA ROCKA IS NEXT UP
    http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ROCKABOY

  • REAL TALK 08

    TIP still my nig..fuck yall haterz!

  • dollabill$

    you dumb fuck no t.i. aint snitch on the police he told on the niggas that killed his man!!! didnt u see the police didnt have anyone in custody until tip caught his fed case. he knew who they were! and was probably gonna have someone get with them. but got caught first!
    and then told the jakes who and where to find them!!!

  • Cecilia Smith

    I understand the argument of “artistic expression” but at the same time to be an artist you dont have to rap about shit you’ve never done before. Thats a misconception. There are plenty of artists who arent hella hood like Lupe, Drake, Yeezy, that speak about their actual everyday lives. There is an issue w/rap now b/c ppl. talking about shit theyve never done. Its a slap in the face to old school artists like Cube, etc. who actually DID the shit they rapped about. If you have to make shit up then obviously you lack real artistic talent

  • Detective Ace

    alfamega snitched…what yall gonna do….beat his ass…thats my nigga you looking at a 5 to 10 just for bumpin into my nigga…I will lock all yall niggas up

  • Detroit Draper

    B.G dissed Tip? I have’nt heard about that.

  • Ricardo Amaya

    Thats cause T.I. is a spokesperson for 1-800-TIP, a snitch hotline. It was a part of his deal that he took to lower the sentece,,,plus a sentence that carrys ten you only get a few months>>???come on man I’ve been doing time that sounds fishy…if you from the streets though you would never back up any form of snitching that includes a hotline so fuck TI, Rick Ross, Alfamega and any other fakes hiding that havent been uncovered we need to take hip hop back…any one supporting must be a cop or a nark, or some type of piece of shit …so stfu..!!

  • Ricardo Amaya

    and keep it street, dont let um take rap from us ….real hip hop…

  • STRIPBLUNTS

    YALL R SOME REALLY IGNORANT MOTHERFUCKERS!!! COSIGNING SNITCHES AND FAKE ASS NIGGAS!!! THIS GENERATION MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH BCUZ THEY HAVE RUINED EVERYTHING WE LOVE TO DATE. THEY SO WEAK MINDED THAT THEY WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING THEY SEE. AND AT THE SAME TIME R TOO WEAK TO STAND UP FOR WHATS WRONG & RIGHT. THATS WHY BLACK PEOPLE DONT HAVE ANYTHING, WE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE INSITUTIONALIZATION OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE BOMBARDMENT OF THE IGNORANCE WE ARE SUBJECTED TO BY THE MASSES ON A DAILY BASIS. AND STILL KNOWING ALL THAT AND HOW EVIL THE PRISON SYSTEM IS WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE SAYING OH WELL!!! THOSE PEOPLE SAYING THAT HAVE OBVIOUSLY NEVER BEEN TO PRISON!! ITS NOT A PLACE FOR ANYONE (MAN OR BEAST), SO SNITCHING IS WRONG PLANE AND SIMPLE. TALKING ALL THIS CREATOR AND GOD BULLSHIT!!! THERES ONLY ONE THING YOU NEED TO DO IN LIFE AND THATS DO UN TO OTHERS AS YOU HAVE THEM DO UN TO U!! WORDS TO LIVE BY!!! YALL NEED TO WAKE UP AND GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASSES!!! NIGGAS THAT SNITCH R SELFISH PLANE AND SIMPLE BCUZ THEY WANT U TO DO THERE TIME FOR THEM ON SOME COWARD SHIT. AND REAL TALK, NO BODY RESPECTS A COWARD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!!! T.I., ALFAMEGA, PUFFY, ETC., ETC. R LOWLIVES IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD BCUZ THEY PUT PEOPLE IN THE HELL HOLE AND THEN PRETEND LIKE THE SITUATION NEVER EVEN HAPPENED. I HAVE COUSINS IN N.Y., EVERYONE & THERE MOMMA KNOWS THAT PUFF PAID MAD LOOT TO BRIBE WITNESSES TO TESTIFY AGAINST SHYNE BUT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THAT!!! SMOKING GUN REPORTED MONTHS AGO THAT T.I., THROUGH SECRET TESTIMONY, SNITHCED ON BABY D, AN ARTIST AFFILITATED WITH DJ UNK, ATLANTA & A DRUG CARTEL OUT OF CINCINNATI. WHAT IRONY THERE IS TO FIND OUT THAT T.I. MANAGER WAS MURDERED IN CINCY. BABY D, WAS CAUGHT IN A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY FROM A SECRET INFORMANT WHO GAVE UP HIS OPERATION. AT THE SAME TIME THERE WAS NO SUSPECT IN T.I. MANAGERS KILLING UNTIL BABY D WENT DOWN AND IT WAS REPORTED THAT T.I. WOULD TESTIFY AT THE TRIAL, EVEN THOUGH HE HAD NOTHING REALLY TO TELL THE PROSECUTOR TO SECURE A CONVICTION. DO THE MATH. AND THEN TO MAKE EVEN WORSE ALL THESE SO CALLED REAL DUDES ONLY TALK ABOUT FEEDING THERE FAMILIES AND DUMB SHIT LIKE THAT, LIKE THATS NOT WHAT U WERE TRYING TO DO WHEN WAS TRAPPING. ALL IM SAYING IS GROW UP. ALL THESE PHONIES WANT THERE FANS TO BE COMPLETE RETARDS AND ACCEPT ANYTHING YOU FEED THEM WITH. ALL IM SAYING IS GROW UP, AND GET YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT OR WE R ALWAYS GOING TO BE IN THIS POSITION. BLACK PREZ OR NOT!!!!!!!

  • Epinz

    I won’t hate on t.I, but he dry sniched. If yall do “read” than u know that the murder of philant johnson, t.is fried was a cold case. There were no clues, no leads. That was for like a year in a half, maybe 2. Two week to a month after the plea agreement, the killer was found and if yall remember, t.I testified in court against that ngga. So it wouldn’t b under his charges or paperwork, it would b under philants murder case. I c why he did it which is why I aint mad. Also, the same lawyer who got alpha that plea ten years ago was also on t.I defense team as well. T.I got sniched on, there was nobody for him to snich on cuz he was buyin the gunz for himself from the feds. But he could def give info up on the death of his homeboy! If t.I didn’t catch that charge, he wouldn’t have testified. Yall shound”read” into that. Its all factual.

    • yoprince

      T.I.’s case is just super unique… but he’s not a snitch in my book.

      he didn’t want to testify or cooperate. in fact, it’s pretty clear the nigga was gearing up for a war.

      but after he got caught up, he did cooperate, which is why i really don’t get mad at people who call him a snitch b/c the nigga did do something that even he clearly wasn’t comfortable doing until it benefited him from a sentencing standpoint.

      but on the other hand, it’s not snitching to me b/c T.I. is a public persona who was paid to be at that club. he wasn’t committing crimes, he wasn’t involved. his boy didn’t get shot as a consequence of street behavior so to speak, so much as he was just shot as a civilian really. thus to me, Tip wasn’t snitching.

      but like i said, it’s just a super unique situation.

  • http://xxlmag.com lOKEEY

    Aint none of yall niggas on here talking that code of the streets bullshit do nothing. Like my man said there is no honor amongst theives and Snitches are the most protected Criminals in this country. Trust n believe Snitches usually were the frontrunners and grinders for Mafia like organizations or niggas squads. Learn to live with it. If you in the streets you know you and your team better get as much guap as you can and shut down shop Before them Feddie Boys THE FEDS or Snitches (UNKNOWN RIVALS) or the Stickup boys give You A LIFE SENTENCE or A PERMENANT DIRT NAP. End of Story. Most of these NIGGAS DONE SNITCHED OR GOT SNITCHED ON. Shit comes full Circle. INDICTMENT TIME NIGGGAASS.

  • Livin 4 A Reason

    LOL@TI didnt snitch…yeah ok. How Michael Vick doing more time then TI answer that one,both federal cases, both highly publicized, and dont say its cuz he got major bread neither. all these niggaz is characters, point blank period. Its entertainment, end of story. I dont care about what any of them saying or doing, its about the quality of music. If 2pac can go to a Magnet School and turn super thug then anything is possible. Yet, 2pac music is the truth. Shout Outs to niggaz saying something thats meaningful. Outkast where you at? Nas where you at? Fuck all these actors stop living beyond ya means ya dig.

  • Epinz

    @yoprince
    That’s why I can’t hate on that ngga. He did exactly what he had to do. He was gettin ready for war on some street shit but ended up havin to do it through the courts anyway. A victory and fail at the same time.(Oxymoron)

  • a

    Plz, the feds have worked something out with TI to the point where his case wouldn’t be completely public. Especially the snitchin part. Don’t sleep! It’s possible to work them deals. TI’s a SNITCH!

  • Tre

    There’s no way to cover that shit up. Federal agents are itching to put that label ona nigga. His homeboy getting killed and getting caught with guns are in 2 different states so they can’t coincide with eachother. You niggas aint reading at all.

  • corlione39

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  • Epinz

    @tre
    “Read”…as u said,”federal” meanin beyond state guidlines.so it dnt matter what state it was done in, its a “federal” matter.

  • Tre

    @Epinz

    Again, the feds wouldn’t hesitate to put that label on a nigga, famous or not. Believe me homes, I read everything on the nigga case. Mostly because I “was” one of them niggas who questioned how he managed to get only a year for all them guns(Ak-47′s with silencers? GOT DAMN!!) So when I really looked into everything for myself, because you can get all the info on the case, thats when I made judgement. Dude actually didn’t snitch. Now Alfamegas papers?….. Homie did that shit! lol

  • Epinz

    @tre
    Yea, I dnt c how they can spin this. There’s nuthin I thnk t.I can say to help ol boy out. I thnk alphas career is over b4 it ever really started…illseed tried to defend this ngga,lol,aint no way u can do that!

  • DC-SE-MURDACAP

    I know one damn thing…this nigga better not have a song on his album better yet not even a verse talking about snitchs. Like face and the ghetto twinz said back in the days homie “gon do ya time”

  • Tre

    Me either homes. Me either.

  • Herbi Hancock

    It’s funny how the same lawyer who helped Alfamega set his deal up also helped T.I. with his deal. Makes you think.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    the boondocks broke this down best, but its still sad because its to many ignorant wannabe hard people who mix up what snitching is. They got on the bandwagon of that stop snitching campaign. If you don’t know hip/hop an artform key word art form is entertainment by now you should kill yourself then snitch on yourself. if you don’t realize by now that people in the hood just don’t know any better, and if you would give up ur home in a nice neighborhood just to be cool, u should kill urself and then snitch on urself. its sad taht this topic generates so many comments. Snitchin is about honor as many things are in life. You can’t blame rappers for snitchin when honor in the under world is lost. Honor everywhere is lost.

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  • Maurice L Dees

    this is a black eye for hip hop.