[video] Troy Ave’s Attorney John Stella Speaks on Charges, and Bail Appeal

Despite some reports Troy has not yet been granted bail yet.

Today Troy Ave was in court with his attorneys Scott Leemon and John Stella they presented a bail appeal to the district attorney in which they have to review financial documents given to them, John Stella says ‘these things take time’ and expect to bail the Brooklyn rapper as soon as next week. We asked Stella if the individuals that got into scuffle with Troy will be brought to court and most likely they won’t…especially without any witnesses

UPDATE: T.I. JAIL TIME ON HOLD, JUDGE GIVES RAPPER TWO MONTHS OF FREEDOM

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Grammy-winning rapper T.I. has been granted nearly two months of freedom before being required to turn himself in for a 366 day jail sentence.

 

The “King of the South” appeared in court today Friday (March 27) for sentencing.

A judge sentenced him to one year and a day behind bars on federal weapons charges today. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, apologized at the hearing. “Today I would like to say thank you to some, and apologize to all,” the rapper told U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. at sentencing. “Everything I learned was through trial and errorr. I’ve learned lessons in my life to put in my music so people won’t make the same mistakes as I.” (Associated Press)

Following his sentencing, Tip will be given additional time before he must turn himself in.

He will have between 30 and 60 days to report to prison. Harris already has completed about 1,000 hours of community service and has warned youths about the pitfalls of guns, drugs, violence. He will need to complete 470 additional hours. Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young spoke on Harris’ behalf. “He’s been able to do the work I’ve been trying to accomplish for so long in stopping violence in this country,” Young told the judge. (KDWN News) Continue reading

[video] T.I.’s Post Sentencing Press Conference & Performance w/B.o.B. @ The Loft

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Clifford holds a press conference to announce he’s been sentenced to a bullet and a day.  He speaks skillfully on the transformation this ordeal has put him through, and acknowledges the new found “assignment” that mentoring and becoming a force of change has instilled in him.  I can’t wait to see how much of this wisdom will make it’s way to wax, the children deserve to be exposed to an alternative.  

This is easily one of the hardest working dudes in the game.  After getting slugged with a bullet and a day, T.I. doesn’t miss a beat and joins B.o.B. onstage to offer a muffled freestyle (it sounded slick!).  Someone please tell B.o.B. you don’t cuff the mic while spitting.  I heard it from Chuck D himself, the number one problem plaguing up and coming performers is that they haven’t learned in order to be heard clearly, don’t cone the damn MICROPHONE!!

T.I.’s “Road to Redemption” Begins..Sentenced to a Year and a Day

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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — World-famous rap star T.I. was sentenced in Atlanta federal court Friday to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $100,300 fine on weapons charges related to purchasing machine guns and silencers.ti

In that time, he mentored at-risk students at 58 schools, 12 Boys & Girls Clubs, nine churches and many other nonprofit organizations, according to court documents.

Meanwhile, T.I., 28, has released his sixth CD, “Paper Trail,” which has sold close to 2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The multiplatinum rapper also has starred in the MTV reality show, “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go,” which chronicles his efforts to shave years off his sentence by completing his community service. The show features him talking to students and community groups “about how to avoid the trouble he now finds himself in,” according to the network’s Web site.

“It’s been rewarding in the sense that it takes my mind off my own personal circumstances when I focus the attention on helping others,” he said about his time spent doing community service. “And that way, I’ve definitely been able to appreciate the ability to turn my negative part of my life into a positive.”

Harris recently talked to CNN about learning from his mistakes.

“You shouldn’t take the things that I’ve gone through and the negative parts of my life and admire me for that,” Harris said. “If anything, admire me for how I’ve accepted responsibility for the part I’ve played in placing myself in these situations and what I’ve done to recover from it.” Video Watch the rapper’s interview with CNN’s T.J. Holmes » Continue reading

T.I. Says It’s A ‘Great Pleasure’ To Help New Atlanta Artists

Ed Note: It’s amazing to see the South really cement its hold on the future of this game because the spirit of “family” is still a Southern institution that’s why it’s brethren to the West and South of it are also embracing the resurgence of family movements. Miami popped off once they united and out West the new guns are uniting under one banner to push a new sound.  The only one still trying to find themselves is New York, the epicenter of Hip Hop’s AGE and CLASS war, which has stifled creativity by hoarding of the throne and the torch.

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Atlanta may just be the hottest city in hip-hop right now. T.I., Young Jeezy and Ludacris all stand on top as kings of the game right now. Love him or hate him, ATL transplant Soulja Boy has already tapped into the young-listener market like no other, and his “Turn My Swag On” is probably the biggest rap record in the clubs right now. The veteran Gucci Mane is now out of jail and has the streets screaming for him. And let’s not forget Andre 3000 — whenever he steps out of the creative hideout he’s lounging in, a classic verse is a forgone conclusion. ti_la

And while other cities certainly have their share of heavyweights, Atlanta keeps turning out young talent who make themselves immediate heavy-hitters in local clubs and on the radio. Def Jam has just inked the trio F.L.Y., who are stirring up a dance movement with the song “Swag Surfin’, ” and T.I. is championing two of the city’s brightest prospects: Yung L.A. and B.o.B.

“I think they all represent different movements,” Tip told us recently about the next wave of Atlanta artists. “B.o.B from Yung L.A., they’re light years away. … I think that it’s great that the city is still growing, that the movement is alive and well. It gives me great pleasure to be able to present so many of these acts and to be responsible for the cultivating of their careers.”

Here are five Atlanta rap acts to look out for in 2009:

OJ Da Juiceman – The Juice says that the project he put out in January — The Otha Side of The Trap … — wasn’t an actual LP, it was more like a mixtape album. The big hit of the CD, “Make Tha Trap Say Aye,” featured Gucci Mane and became a street smash. Cam’ron recently laid vocals for the remix and it sounds like another winner for OJ. But now that his teammate Gucci Mane — who’s as popular in the streets as any MC right now — has been released from prison, it seems like the tandem will have no problems making waves in Atlanta and busting out mainstream-style in 2009. Continue reading

T.I. Akoo Clothing Line Fends Off Recession Effects

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T.I. has officially launched a site for his Akoo apparel line, as other rapper lines from Young Buck and Snoop Dogg have felt the heat of recession.

Along with non-clothing features, Tip provides fans with a wide selection of shopping choices via the sites’s online store.akoo-ti2

Playing T.I. songs from Paper Trail including “Live Your Life,” “What Up,” and “Swing Your Rag,” the site offers visitors Akoo news, events, an event gallery, MySpace page access, e-mail sign-up and an upcoming blog for the site. Fans will also be able to peep the featured collection section showing visual images of the clothing and a breakdown of tops, outer wear and bottoms. (Akoo Clothing Brand)

Tip has spoken on the motivation behind his brand’s launch and the meaning behind “Akoo” with television personality Chelsea Handler.

“We’re actually fortunate enough to translate that style into my own clothing line that I released last year,” Tip said. “Akoo, A King Of One’s Self.” The clothing line hit the market in October and was publicized with videos of T.I. during an Akoo video shoot prior to its release circulating online. (Chelsea Lately)

While the rapper’s clothing line appears unfazed by the current economic crisis, rappers like Snoop Dogg have admitted to feeling the economy’s effects.

“The recession is affecting everybody,” Snoop said in an interview. “We’re trying to keep it one hundred percent and do what we’re doing and try to keep the prices a little lower. [We’re] trying to keep it cost sufficient for what [we’re] doing.” (Hollyscoop) Continue reading

Pimpin Ken Makes Peace With 50 Cent, Wants Nothing To Do With T.I.

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It’s getting hard out there for Pimpin Ken. The Milwaukee-based pimp recently took shots at two of hip-hop’s biggest stars: T.I. and 50 Cent.pimpinkennewsstory

In a recent clip that premiered on Worldstarhiphop, Ken condemned the self-proclaimed “King of the South” for calling his crew the Pimp Squad Click and promoting pimping despite having the “no. 1 trick song in the country,” “Whatever You Like.” Ken, who crowned Fif a pimp in his “P.I.M.P.” video, also mocked the Queens rapper in several clips for buying Rick Ross’ baby’s mother fur coats.

“These guys are guys who were friends of mine,” Ken told XXLMag.com. “50 Cent was a friend of mine, 50 Cent is still a friend of mine. T.I. was a friend of mine, he’s no longer a friend of mine. I was basically saying, ‘how can ya’ll niggas do me like that,’ a nigga who built his name on pimpin’, Pimpin Ken, and you niggas got in my albums and ya’ll got in my movies and all of a sudden ya’ll condonin’ trickin’.”

Per Ken, he’s since spoken to Fif and let bygones be bygones. Continue reading

T.I. Initiative Aims to Remove Guns from the Streets

"Do as I say, not as I do, PIMPIN!"

"Do as I say, not as I do, PIMPIN!"

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Superstar T.I. and his K.I.N.G. Foundation have formed a coalition with the Political Swagger Foundation and C.H.A.N.G.E. Initiative to remove guns from urban communities.

The first stop for T.I. is Houston, where on March 14 the Atlanta native will host Responsibility Is a Lifestyle: Give Back Your Gun Day.

The event commences at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Throughout the day, any person with an unregistered weapon will be able to turn in the firearm without fear of questioning, fines, or arrest.

The outreach program was enacted partly due to a recent sociological study by Northeastern University.

The results displayed that from 2002-2007, there was 31 percent increase in the murder rate for juvenile African-American males. Continue reading

[video] Saturday Cartoons Presents “Officer Ricky: Welcome To Death Row Right Now Na Na Na”

The hilarity which is the 5o CENT vs. RICK ROSS “beef” goes into its umpteenth week and as promised a new SATURDAY CARTOON has dropped and of course there’s new names being added to the hitlist. Joining Chris Brown and Rihanna as co-stars in 50’s weekly rants and spoofs is none other than T.I., Akon, Suge and the dude who gave him the bizness.  And of course returing for hosting duties is DJ Khaled and Officer Riccckkkkyyyy.  50 needs to step to Cartoon Network and get a slot for these, they are ingeniously hilarious.

T.I. & Kanye named GQ’s 10 Most Stylish Men

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T.I. & Kanye x G.Q. The way Kanye has been going these days this is just more to add to his ego. Regardless, both T.I. and Mr. West have just been announced on this year’s list of GQ’s 10 Most Stylish Men. They join a list that includes Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson and a bunch or rich old white dudes.

Aside from looking pretty (Kanye more than T.I.), both artists have gotten into fashion design as well. T.I. launched his AKOO clothing line earlier this year and Kanye is putting the finishing touches on his long awaited Pastelle clothing line…but has been distracted by “other things” lately.

Terrance and T.I. back track on Chris Brown support

These basket heads should of just kept their mouths quiet when asked about this delicate situation. The inital Howard video is below.

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Terrence Howard wants to take back what he said about Chris Brown and Rihanna.

When asked by paparazzi last night if he had any comment on the Chris Brown incident with Rihanna, the actor said, “It’s just life, man. Chris is a great guy. He’ll be all right. And Rihanna knows he loves her. She’ll be all right. Just everybody’s got to get out of their way.”

But now, Howard is insisting he didn’t know about the allegations made against Brown when he made his remarks.

“When they asked me about Chris Brown the other day, I was in no way aware of what he had been accused of,” Howard said in a statement. “Had I known, I would have never had said something so insensitive.”

Howard is the second high-profile celeb in as many days to retract remarks they made about Brown and Rihanna.

Rapper T.I. issued a statement yesterday regretting comments he made the night before on Last Call With Carson Daly. T.I. said he “made a mistake of commenting before understanding the situation.”

T.I. told Daly that he had spoken to Brown since the alleged incident occurred early Sunday morning. “I told him, ‘This too shall pass.’ We’re celebrities, we’re entertainers, but we’re still human—all of us,” he said. “Don’t expect us not to make mistakes because we will.”

MTV Preps to Air T.I.’s “Road To Redemption”

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As he begins counting down the days to his impending March 2009 sentencing for weapons charges, Grammy-winning superstar T.I. finds himself at a remarkable crossroads. At the very apex of his career, he’s facing up to thirty years of jail time for an arrest stemming from his earlier life. However, as part of a deal worked out between his lawyers and the federal government, if he completes an amazing 1000 hours of community service during the year ending this March, that sentence may be reduced. At 27, finding himself at the very high- and low-point of his adult life, he’s seeking redemption in helping others avoid the mistakes he made. In the new docu-series “T.I.’s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go” cameras follow T.I.’s efforts to save himself by saving others. “T.I.’s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go” is a moving title. Each week, the title will change to reflect the amount of time left to his sentencing.

The final episode will air shortly after T.I.’s fate is revealed. In order to communicate his message, he has to give each teenager a tough love lesson in life and show them the consequences of what could happen if they continue down the wrong path. “T.I.’s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go” will premiere on Tuesday, February 10 at 9:00PM (ET/PT). Subsequent episodes will air in the show’s regular timeslot at 9:30pm (ET/PT).

Man Sentenced to 66 Years For Killing T.I. Associate

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Earlier this morning Hosea Thomas – the man who was found guilty last month of murdering T.I.’s close friend and personal assistant Philant Johnson – was sentenced to 66 years behind bars.
According to the Associated Press, Thomas, who was also found guilty of felonious assault and illegal possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, will not be up for parole until 2074.

T.I., who was with Johnson at the time of his death, took the stand during the trial detailing the night of the shooting.

Despite Tip’s testimony, Thomas’ brother Pardon turned out to be the prosecution’s star witness, as he testified against Hosea.

Johnson was murdered in a shootout after a club altercation spilled onto a Cincinnati highway. T.I. and his entourage were in town for a concert.

ATL All-Star’s Young Jeezy, T.I. & Luda Join Forces for L.I. Concert

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New York, NY, 12/17/08, (Hip Hop PR Wire) — On Saturday, December 27, 2008, three of Atlanta’s biggest names in hip-hop; T.I., LUDACRIS, and YOUNG JEEZY, will be hitting the stage in concert together for the first time at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island for THE HOLIDAY BASH ’08 CONCERT.

Adding to the all-star line-up, the concert will also feature New York ‘s own R&B identical-twin duo, NINA SKY as well as an opening performance by up-and-coming R&B/Pop singer, KRISTY SCOTT. Just added to the performance roster, JIM JONES of the Diplomats will also take center stage! Continue reading

[video] Jamie Foxx feat T.I.- JUST LIKE ME

Today was like Jamie Foxx day ’round these parts.  One thing for sure, two things for certain, this is one funny mothaf*cka! Don’t know about the singing abilities but in the humor department he’s got it hands down. Can’t wait for him to get back to his element and start doing stand-up again, I’ll be there front and center.  Go get that “Intuition” in stores now!!

Film on Gun Violence Features T.I., Andrew Young

Damn, next thing you know TIP gonna be running for president on the 2012 ticket, at the pace he’s going

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Former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, an advocate for peace around the world, is now taking aim at gun violence in the U.S. through a new TV documentary that focuses on the rapper T.I. – a young man making amends for federal firearms offenses.  Young premiered the hour-long film, “Walking With Guns,” on Sunday in Atlanta. It includes extensive footage of the Grammy-winning artist visiting a rehabilitation hospital in New York to meet patients paralyzed by gang violence. The film also shows T.I. and Young telling young people how to avoid violence, and follows a former gang member who is now a social activist.

The film, part a series called “Andrew Young Presents,” is expected to begin airing Nov. 2 on TV stations around the country.

“Violence would still be around without guns,” T.I. said to over 400 attendees during a question-and-answer session after the screening. “But there would be an increased value of life.”

The 76-year-old Young – a veteran civil rights activist who went on to become a Georgia congressman, President Carter’s ambassador to the U.N. and Atlanta’s mayor – began filming this year shortly after he began to mentor T.I., 28. The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, pleaded guilty to several charges last March and was sentenced to prison time, community service and supervised home detention. His community service includes warning young people about the pitfalls of guns, gangs and drugs. Continue reading

[video] Obama’s Half-Hour Special

T.I. needs to take a tip from Obama. The Chicago Senator’s 30-minute special hasn’t even been off of T.V. for an hour and already it is available on YouTube, whereas the internet police are patrolling the web for bad bloggers that are “illegally” posting T.I.’s new video for “Live Your Life.”  Oh, did I mention that the f*cking video is available for embedding over at Worldstar.  Obama will forever be known as both the Hip Hop President and the candidate who revolutionized how you utilize the net as a social tool.  Hip Hop needs to take a note from the Hip Hop Prez on how to run a campaign. 

T.I. Asked to Remix NBC Jingle

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According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has asked T.I. to remake their famed NBC jingle in a rebranding and promotional effort. As part of the promotion, NBC has also asked artists such as The Flaming Lips, BB King and Clint Black to all make their own versions as well. T.I. is of course reppin’ the hip-hop scene and filmed promotional videos for NBC not too long ago. The promos of T.I. and his collaboration will start airing around Thanksgiving.

T.I.: I’m ‘Anxious’ about Prison

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The date was October 13, 2007. In four hours, T.I. was scheduled to appear at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was nominated for nine trophies.

Instead, the hip-hop superstar found himself handcuffed in a downtown parking lot for attempting to buy machine guns and silencers in an undercover sting. He pleaded guilty to illegal weapons possession and was sentenced to seven months of house arrest, 1,500 hours of community service and one year in jail — which he begins serving next March.

In the meantime, T.I.’s new CD, “Paper Trail,” has become his third consecutive No. 1 album. And if that isn’t enough, he sits at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with “Live Your Life” and “Whatever You Like.”

CNN Senior Producer Denise Quan spoke with the multiplatinum rapper, born Clifford Harris Jr., backstage before a recent show at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California.

CNN: When I first heard about the charges, I said, “You have got to be kidding. WHY?”

T.I.: Well, in order to fully understand the answer to that question, you will have to put yourself in my shoes. You know how many attempts have been made against my life? There are people out there that would rather kill you than to tell you “Good luck” or “I am happy for you.” So until you understand that, you wouldn’t understand my train of thought. iReport.com: What do you think? Share thoughts on video

Not to say it was right. It’s just my best explanation. Continue reading

Jim Jones on Max B: “I Own Him”

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Jim Jones has been talking really reckless lately. First, he claimed T.I.’s swagger was not worthy of being mentioned on the rapper’s “Swagger Like Us” featuring Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. Then, he really got in attack mode when he called out Nas saying that the iconic Queensbridge MC “was never on my level ever. Ever.” Now, the former Dipset affiliate has turned his attention to Max B, claiming that he “owns” him from “the crown of his head to the soles of his feet.”

 

“I own him…” Jones told Rhapsody when asked about Max B’s Youtube video, where he claimed to have had an altercation with Jim. “So, you tell me when his albums gonna come out. He sold his publishing to me for like 100 stacks, for whatever bail when he was cryin’ to me to get out of jail.”

“That’s my sneaker money,” Jones continued. “I own him… I’m the Don Dada. You gotta come speak to Daddy [in regards to Max B’s album release]. I’m Steinbrenner in the situation. Who’s your daddy? Dada? Padre? Me.”

At press time, Max B hat yet to comment on Jones’ comments.

T.I. Tells KING Magazine Readers They Need to Get More Political

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In the new politically-themed November issue of King magazine, T.I. served as guest editor and urges readers to put the video game controllers down and plug into the presidential race.

“When I’m speaking to young people and they say, ‘Who you voting for?’ I say, ‘Well, what you think’s wrong with the country?,” says the rapper, 28, in a roundtable discussion. “What problems do you need to be fixed? OK, then cut your PlayStation off and turn to CNN and listen to these people.”

“Listen to each of the candidates’ platforms, and whoever you think is speaking passionately and intelligently and will do the things you think need changed, that’s who you vote for,” he adds.      

In another segment of King’s November issue, T.I. wrote a fantasy collaboration with T-Pain, which included riffs on mistakes the rapper believes President Bush made in his two terms.       

As for his guest editor gig, T.I. said in a statement: “It’s only right that King would indeed have a king as editor in chief. I guess this is, indeed, my magazine. Understand that. … Keep it pimpin’.”

Jim Jones Explains His “Swagger Like Us” Response

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Everyone seems to have an opinion on “Swagger Like Us,” T.I.’s recent all-star collabo with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West. Folks like Jermaine Dupri and Diddy have even recorded their own verses over the song in an attempt to assert their own “swag” status.

Now Jim Jones is taking it one step further. Last week, we were building with the Capo in his studio for some future shit (stay tuned) when he spilled the beans about his own response to the song, a rumor that Miss Info reported on yesterday. He’s currently recording a new joint named “Jackin’ Swagger From Us,” featuring additional verses from Juelz and Lil Wayne, along with a re-recorded hook from M.I.A. and a new beat by Chink Santana. Read on to preview an exclusive snippet of the track and see what Jones had to say about the four artists on the first “Swagger”…
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