Incarcerated rapper T.I. says he’s “sick and tired” of being in and out of prison, and describes his latest stint inside as a turning point for him.
The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., was thrown in the slammer earlier this month to serve a 12-month sentence for violating his parole on illegal weapons charges.
In a message posted on his website, T.I. muses: “This experience is truly a pain I have never felt before and that’s saying a lot for a n***a who’s been down locked up as many times as I have.
“I see this as a real ass whoopin’. The kind you don’t just go back outside to play afterwards. You take ya ass to bed and don’t come out of your room until it’s time to go to school.”
He added: “I don’t know what effect this will have on my life moving forward but I’m certainly sick and mother f***ing tired of going to jail, juve, prison, the pen, correctional facilities or whatever else you want to call it,” he said. “I’d have been better off doing a 5-10 year bid one time than going in time and time again for days, weeks and months for the last 15 years of my life.”
But despite his jail turmoil, he says, “I’m still standing, barely, but nevertheless still standing.”
He continued: “At one time I thought my motivation for continuing was for my fans, my partna Philant, my pops, my grandmama, even for the haters or the people I let down. But nah… I got to do this sh** for me!!!” he said.
“I’ll be God damned if I’ve come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this! F*** that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my mother****in’ shades cause I’m ready to cash my darkest hours in…ASAP!!!”
The MC also promised that his children won’t follow in his footsteps.
“[None] of mine will ever have to feel the cold tight grip of a handcuff or grace the presence of a jail cell if I can help it,” he wrote. “Over my dead body! So if you can’t respect that you ain’t rocking with my movement, then f*** you dog!”
Cheer up, dude. Only 11 more months of rocking in the dark to go…