T.I. Covers VIBE (Dec/Jan ’11)

Before T.I. went to the slammer earlier this month, he gave VIBE one of his last interviews. Below are a few excerpts from the cover story, which goes on sale Nov. 30th. Check out behind the scenes footage here.

I’ve heard you mention how the good that you’ve done is easily forgotten. Do you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly?
If I place my value in the way humans treat me, then maybe. But they’re human, man―they can’t help themselves. They do that to people they know personally. So how can I expect them to treat me, only knowing me through television? They did that to Jesus. They did that to Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali. They did it to every great person you could possibly think of. When it was all good, they was with them. When things got bad, then they was against them.

But in this case things didn’t “get bad.” It’s something you did.
Let me just say this: [he sits up on the couch] If you look at a guy who came up, no pops in the house, moms on welfare, food stamps; started selling dope when he was 12, 13 years old, came up handling guns, being in shoot-outs; started going to jail when he was 15. In all of this chaos and this mischief and lawlessness, the person who was just in jail for machine guns and silencers turns his life around. And now you want to crucify him ―for what? Three pills. I mean, of course it’s wrong and unacceptable and inexcusable. No problem. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s rather petty. It’s rather petty to hold someone’s feet to the fire for something so small when they have overcame things that were so big. All that could have been going wrong―if I was riding with more guns, or if I had gotten into a shoot-out and killed somebody, then I could see that. But just think about it. I’ve gotten it down to this much.

How did you get a drug habit?
I had a lot of work done to my teeth. Oral surgery, extractions, six, seven, eight root canals. Between January to February. As soon as I got out, I had a lot of stuff done. In the joint, you eat shit that is unhealthy for you. I had fillings that fell out and stuff that had to get dealt with. Of course for the pain they gave me oxycontin and hydrocodone. And, mind you, on October 13, 2007, I had cut off everything―weed, alcohol. Then I get these pills and I start taking them for the pain at first. And then I’m like, Wait―this shit makes me feel good. And it’s legal. After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had 18-, 20-hour days, I’d take a pain pill. And eventually I developed―I guess―the beginning stages of dependence.

Have you talked to Eminem about addiction?
Sure. We got a record together, and we talked a lot. I asked him how he knew he was an addict. Basically if you put yourself in harm’s way… if you risk that, you’ve got to assume that there is something fundamentally wrong with your thought process.

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  • The fuckin truth

    T.I. is the realest rapper alive.

    Pac is the realest rapper ever.

    Eminem & him are tho only two rapper that bring us their in every song.

    KING, Urban Legend, Paper Trail & Trap MUZIK are modern days classics.

    Salute you hustla.

  • Mega

    I don’t care about this dumb ass nigga anymore. He can try to explain it away all he wants, but I have put him in the same category as Gucci Mane and DMX……just a dumb nigga that doesn’t have enough sense to keep his nose clean. His wife is also one of the ugliest bitches to ever walk the earth. I knew right then when he started dating her that something ain’t right with the niggas judgement. Anyway- fuck you T.I., your dumb ass is sitting right where you belong. No sympathy here.

  • The fuckin truth

    *their heart

    T.I.’s catalogue > Wayne’s

    Even though Wayne got better punchlines, T.I.’s got a lot of classic songs with meanings.

  • Mega

    No to mention I saw T.I. once in Lenox mall and he is the smallest, shortest, scrawniest nigga I’ve ever seen. I would break this nigga into a thousand pieces if we were to go one-on-one…I just don’t get how he can talk all this gangsta shit in his music but the dude probably weighs about 120 pounds soaking wet….man whatever we don’t believe you! lol

  • ehhh

    @mega
    ^^^Alfa???lol

  • Yousef(LilWayneSucks)

    T.I is dope!!

  • bigjay2501

    Damn Mega is spitting that ether…

  • DEKODED

    DAMN WHAT HAPPENED TO EMINEM, HAPPENED TO T.I. !!!! DON’T JUDGE HIM !!!!

    TAKE CARE KING, WE ARE WAINTING DOR YOU!!

  • hold up a second bitch

    Hold up a second bitch! Didnt his ass get busted with them glow stick-party boy-rave x pills?? Nigga tryna say he had script pills…noooo Clifford, we’re talking about your methamphetamine addiction you share with Tiny!!!!

  • The Truth

    I belived in him (past) i wanna kill this man 4 his dumbness (now)

  • lc3

    Its obvious that he’s 1 of the good guys. Regardless of what the media say. I agree when your on top everybody loves you but when your not doing so well there’s no support. Great example “Michael Vik“.

  • The Illest

    @ mega

    Its too early for all that hate smh

  • GRAND HUSTLER

    T.I. is the realest rapper alive.

    Pac is the realest rapper ever.

    Eminem & him are tho only two rapper that bring us their in every song.

    KING, Urban Legend, Paper Trail & Trap MUZIK are modern days classics.

    Salute you hustla.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    This post is the realest ish i’ve ever read in the comments section!

  • Word

    @Mega

    Damn you going in early in the Morning. You don’t got a job? Or school or anything?

  • Willie_mcfly22

    He a dummy…

  • BEN10

    Real Geez move in silence …u talking to much

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  • tpm2810

    t.i. was one nice but fell off hard since paper trail and getting locked up!

    his best work was ‘king’, then ‘paper trail’ and then ‘urban legend’…t.i. vs t.i.p was aite but a bit too rushed! i think t.i. is better than wayne and one of the realest rappers today but comes off as played out @ times by just exploiting the whole trap culture to talk trash on records! no mercy will be horrible and t.i. will come out of jail even more irelevant than he is now! he cant blame any 1 but himself tho, he had it all and took it 4 granted in the most petty of ways as he st8d in the above article.

    ni99as that were hot in the past decade but fell off n will b irelevant in this one:

    1. t.i.
    2. 50 cent
    3. nelly
    4. young jeezy
    5. the game
    6. all of dipset
    7. snoop
    8. dmx
    9. busta
    10. all of d block

  • Mega

    Yeah nigga I run an advertising office here in ATL so I’m in here early. The only reason I’m going in on his ass so hard is because he keeps putting out all these bullshit interviews and songs with excuse after excuse for his actions…nigga a lot of people grew up in the hood (myself included), yet you don’t see my ass getting locked up over and over again for dumb ass shit…You just make bad decisions nigga, plain and simple. It has nothing to do with you growing up in the hood. You are just not smart and that is all. When you get outta jail this time, hopefully your dumb ass will take some college courses, get your G.E.D. or something because you have the mindset of an angry 14 yr old boy. You look like a 14 yr old boy too so you might want to hit the gym while you’re at it. And divorce that troll-looking wife of yours too cause I’m willing to bet she’s an underlying part of your problem. Nasty ass hefer looks like she lives in a hole on a mountainside somewhere…Lord of the ring looking ass bitch.

  • Haters are annoying–> BELIZE, Mac Weasel

    @the fuckin truth@mega just STFU

  • ZoomZoom

    @The fuckin truth

    ARE YOU SERIOUS NIGGA!?

    REBIRTH ALONE>>>>>> T.I’S CATALOGUE

    HAHA T.I FUCK OUTTA HERE… WAYNE THE NEW PAC!

  • Toya

    It’s sad that he’s back in jail. T.I.’s one of my favorite rappers so it sucks to have him get busted like this because it’s a hinderance from hearing more great music from him. Hopefully this will be his last time going to jail because rap doesn’t have a lot of good artists so when a good one has to step away for awhile, it really is a big blow to the genre.

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Wayne and T.I. < LLoyd Banks. Support thats HMF2 in STORES now !!!

  • mac DIESEL

    MEGA’S BLACKOUT > YN’S BLACKOUT

    ….HA!!!!

    SIDEBAR: FROM WUT I UNDERSTOOD THEY FOUND “X” PILLS AND SYZZURP IN HIS CAR, NOT PAIN PILLS!!!! GOOD TRY NEGRO!!!! HA!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • THE FUCKING TRUTH

    T.I. WON’T FADE AS LONG AS EMINEM GOT HIS BACK!

  • Belize

    Cool. Glad Em helped him out. But the Miseducation of Wacka Flocka Flame??? Cmon Vibe!

  • Hornsby32

    @ZoomZoom is fucking high. Wayne doesn’t make a pimple on Pac’s worst album. Real lyrics > punchlines. Wayne hasn’t made a meaningful song in his whole career. GTFOH with that garbage. And Rebirth was easily his worst album period. One good song on it, oh and guess what, Em tore him a new asshole on that song.

  • HAHA

    No Mercy – Dec 7th!

  • pablo escobar jr

    look how dumb he looks. ha!

  • http://Www.rapradar.com CTE

    @Hornsby32 you must have never listen to carter2 or some of the hot joints on carter3 like shoot me down or misunderstood. but yeah t.i. going to come out harder and smarter but yeah he seems sincere. shit i was addict to vicoden when i got surgery on my shoulder so i know where he is coming from that shit is hard to quit.

  • Cypher

    What the hell does any of his interview have to do with him busting a u-turn on sunset blvd and getting popped with ECSTACY tablets……that is not a drug a doctor gives to you so wtf is he even talking bout

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  • Devil

    T.I shut the fuck up already…we’re tired of hearing excuses, now get your skinny ass back to the cell!

  • NotoriousRambo.

    THESE NEW SO CALLED RAPPERS IN THE GAME KEEP DISRESPECTING THE LEGENDS GONE ESPECIALLY PAC FIRST IT WAS WAKA NAMING HIS ALBUM FLOCKAVELI NOW T.I. THINKING HE PAC GTFOH

  • pablo escobar jr

    @ NotoriousRambo

    exactly!!

  • http://Www.rapradar.com CTE

    1 thing i learn is that you cant believe everything that you read and hear on tv/magazine plain and simple

  • http://www.zowiscamera.com the great zeee

    thats a dope photograph. i wonder who took it

  • serpentor

    i really thought dude had better sense than that…..

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  • shyiet

    you blog faggots hatin on king coz liking t.i is not cool right now…….cut the nigga some slack ….m buying no mercy just to support a brother NOMERCY>Rebirth,i am not human being….hate but its true

  • http://www.TMACondaTRACK.com Tmac

    T.I. is Dope AND a tru HUSTLA.he gone bounce right back!you dont become that successful by being dumb. ~My BeAtz go HAMMER

  • ZoomZoom

    @Hornsby32

    IM PUTTING ALL THE LIL WEEZY DICK RIDING ASIDE… THIS IS COMING FROM MY HEART RIGHT NOW AND YOU SPEAKING OUT YOUR ASS! YOU NEVER HEARD C2, C1 OR THE CRAZY TRACKS ON C3 LIKE CTE SAID?

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