T.I. On Cover of Billboard

Will Smith Sought Out Eric Holder & Obama Administration To Help Rapper T.I. Out Of His Legal Troubles

(AllHipHop News) Atlanta Hip-Hop star T.I. graces the cover of this month Billboard magazine, where he gives a very interesting interview about his career, in addition to his legal issues over the years.

During the interview, T.I. opened up about his arrest for weapons possession in October of 2007, just prior to a performance at the BET Awards.

T.I. was caught in an undercover sting, buying automatic machine guns and silencers.

When police raided his house they also uncovered more guns, as well as a pound of marijuana.

During the interview, T.I. said numerous artists has supported him over the years, from Eminem to Will Smith, who flexed his political clout in a bid to get his fellow rapper out of his legal quandary.

“Of course, Em. He was extremely supportive and inspirational during that time,” T.I. told Billboard. “Busta Rhymes, Puffy, Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons, Nelly, David Banner, Charlie Mack, Will Smith. Will actually went as far as getting in touch with [attorney general] Eric Holder and the Obama
administration trying to see if we could get some kind of release. He was very politely told that was not possible.”

T.I. has a longstanding business relationship with Will Smith, who’s Overbrook Entertainment executive produced the hit movie “ATL,” which starred T.I.

Legal issues aside, T.I. is preparing to release his new album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head

Today (November 27), T.I. released a new track from the album titled “Sorry” featuring Andre 3000.

  • This is the reason why black people voted for Obama–Because they think they can just call up to get special favors….T.I and Will Smith are donkeys for this..I mean T.I did the crime and acts as if he just woke up one day in jail–MAN UP…..Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America not your personal get out of jail free card. #rachetshit

    • just before I saw the paycheck which had said $8397, I did not believe …that…my neighbour was like actually erning money in there spare time on their apple labtop.. there moms best frend haz done this for under six months and resantly paid for the dept on there apartment and purchased a new Ariel Atom. this is where I went, A­sk25.­­com

    • uptil I saw the receipt which was of $5233, I accept that…my… brother was actually taking home money parttime from there labtop.. there neighbour had bean doing this 4 less than 9 months and resently took care of the debts on their apartment and purchased a top of the range Mazda. this is where I went, A­sk25.­­com

    • At least Will tried…that was a good look in it of itself.

    • Guest

      That’s a crazy statement cuz you can’t mean that seriously. What this is called is simlply looking out. This don’t have nothing to do with Obama and how people vote. Tip not on your level he got powerful and influential friends and Will tried to call in a favor for his boy. The same way you would want somebody to look out if you was in a jam.

      • Chris

        TIP committed the crime. Why should he get special treatment because of his Hollywood status? I tell you what. Go out and commit a crime and see who contacts President Obama on your behalf. SMH.

      • EXACTLY—-I hate the way rappers are viewed as if they can just do anything and fans sit there showing them support.

      • Guest

        I didn’t say he should get special treatment at all. I said what Will Smith did was call in a favor. That has nothing to do with Obama. Dude was saying that people voted Obama so they could call in a favor, I thought that was an extreme sweeping statement that really didnt make sense.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        true – I agree with Dior – people in court should be like the rest of us – excellent re-action to the stupid phone call. – lost some respect for will smith.

      • Your only saying that because it doesn’t effect your family…If T.I successfully took all those guns and killed someone in your family you would not be so supportive……These RAPPERS are hurting our communities and you sit there and defend them?

        TI is not on my level YES…I am not a CONVICTED CRIMINAL—T.I has powerful FRIENDS and still choose to buy a bus load of guns with the intent to kill..You have no clue what you are speaking about.

      • Guest

        Stop the hysteria. Intent to Kill?

      • If you buy a gun…Fine you are looking to protect your home…But if you go buying rifles, shotguns, grenades,etc; that means you are trying to KILL someone. Why don’t you get it?

      • therealest1

        It looks like T.I. was prepared to go to war trying to buy all those guns! It was also funny on Dance Flick how Keenan Ivory Wayans played Steve Harvey making a reference to that legal issue by saying “T.I. buying machine guns bad”

      • Word on the street was them kids who killed his friend were coming after him next. They already tried to kill him, would you not be paranoid?

      • Yeah yo…That’s why I get upset…I never hear people like Will Smith using star power for victims like Shawn Bell, or Treyvon Martin who don’t have the money or power to get justice…..It’s a waste of time for the Obama Administration to try to help a dude like T.I who has tons of money and fame and still put himself in ghetto ass situations. #silly

      • All I am trying to say is that….The minute T.I would have gotten that special favor, Obama and the Obama administration would have felt like DICKS after seeing T.I and TINY getting arrested again in the same month for reckless driving with drugs in the car…I believe that’s exactly what happen as well.

    • AKA Sharpcrease27

      Yo Dior you always talkin the truth. Much respect homie.

    • Slaughtr

      Dior I agree with you because first of all the nigga did the crime no matter what the reason was so fck that stupid shyt my man is saying.If me and you did the crime it would be front page news for 15 minutes then on with doing our time.Fck favors homie will Mr. smith bail your ass out fck no so dwindle with that bullshit.If it was done undercover then fine but as a black man you do crime they caging us.Tookie Williams had mad co signers but was still executed so back up joe.

      • Yeah yo…That’s why I get upset…I never hear people like Will Smith using star power for victims like Shawn Bell, or Treyvon Martin who don’t have the money or power to get justice…..It’s a waste of time for the Obama Administration to try to help a dude like T.I who has tons of money and fame and still put himself in ghetto ass situations. #silly

    • Thats how it works…You better believe the presidents before him and after will be answering that phone making all kind of special request for people you never heard of before. You can be naive if you wish to, but that’s politics…duh.

  • The craziest thing is that President Bush pardoned Forte. I would of never thought that in a million years!!!

    • Cocaine is a Helluva drug!

      Peep the message it sent!

    • bisolabliss

      that shit goes deeper than you think. forte got pardoned cuz some connected white female musician (carly simon) and her son (ben taylor) who forte went to private school with recruited an utah senator who lobbied bush to pardon forte since he was a first time offender

    • Bumpy Johnson

      question is who pardoned T.I.???

  • before I saw the check which said $6959, I didn’t believe that my cousin woz like they say truley receiving money parttime from their computer.. there great aunt has done this 4 only about twelve months and by now took care of the depts on there home and got a top of the range Honda. this is where I went, A­sk25.­­com

  • therealest1

    Of course those executives would use their clout to help T.I., they stand to gain since he’s a popular selling artist that they could potentially sign, ain’t shit free. Yeah of course that Jew Boy Lyor Cohen a.k.a. Liar Conman as Chuck D appropriately labeled him years ago since he’s a Kike. The artists also tried to help because they could work with him to stay relevant and profit. Yes, Will Smith is going to gain since they’ve done business together before.

    Don’t give me the hooking a brother up shit, its all about getting money shit with someone with profitable potential. But I’m lost with that stupid N!gger Nelly as Stone Cold Steve Austin called him in the Jewish ass The Longest Yard remake getting involved. Who the assfuck is he to have relevance to sway someone with all the inferior and ignorant shit he put out all these years. That guy is worse than a cancer to rap.

    This is just some get money like a Jew shit that T.I. is too ignorant to see. All those people he mentioned care about is profiting. What about other everyday no name common brothers who aren’t stars locked up, why don’t they try to help them out too?

    • No $$$ involved!

    • Thank you…People really think that T.I or any rapper has such great friends that they can get away with murder? It’s always about money. You are RIGHT

      • therealest1

        Thanks player.

      • Bumpy Johnson

        money ?? u think its money?? u think money can buy you out of murder beefs…if that was the case the 2/3s of king pins would be out today……when it comes to the FEDS there is only 1 way to help yourself out.

    • therealest1

      Oh yeah, I typed a run on sentence regarding Lyor Cohen, my mistake. I meant to state that Lyor Cohen would try to use his clout as an executive to get T.I. free because he stands to gain since my boy characterized the music business as a “legal slave trade”. Don’t forget Lyor Cohen is now T.I.’s boss since he’s the head of Atlantic and T.I. is one of his most relevant, profitable rappers.

      If T.I. was just plain old Clifford Harris with no rap career, these stars that supposedly care about him wouldn’t do shit for him. They wouldn’t use their time to try to get him free.

      And T.I. caused all this shit on himself constantly. What tripped me out was when he had that reality show on MTV trying to persuade kids to stay out of trouble. How’s he going to tell kids to stay out of trouble when he’s over 30 and couldn’t stay out of trouble himself.

  • Alf Capone

    will smith just landed on top of the “dumb nigga” list

    • Nah, to me, that was keeping it Gully, the attempt, as opposed to not trying!

    • Why? For playing the political game the same way politics is built to be played? He has financial interest in TI if you didnt read that part. Why would he not reach out? You dont think Trump and whoever else would have been reaching out to Romney for favors if he won? How the hell do we finally take control of the White House and everybody wants to be the good semaritan all of a sudden? Hustling backwards if you ask me.

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  • Mos High

    I dont think all of you read the statement all the way. It says ” Will actually went as far as getting in touch with [attorney general] Eric Holder and the Obamaadministration” It doesnt say Obama personally. This could mean anybody. Ti messed up badly, but if one of your family members messed up badly and facing major time, would you not try and help??? When wealthy people are in trouble this happens all the time. Dont hate on T.I. and associates for not wanting him to rot away.

    • Obama is the MAIN part of the Obama administration.

      • churchboy2

        He is; but it is a reach to say that contacting the Obama administration = contacting Obama personally.
        Be certain not to jump to conclusions in order to prove your theory.

  • AfricanSoul

    Come on Will lol

  • hoeyuno

    will isn’t that dumb. but he’s smart enough to tell tip “o yea homie I called obamas ppl to see what I can do but they just couldn’t do anything”…

  • hoeyuno

    ssorry tip but those gloves look everything but tough. actually I think my mom had the same ones in the 80s

    • churchboy2

      You do realize that you just suggested that there’s a relationship between your Mom & T.I., right?

      • hoeyuno

        sure bud. twist it However you want. but my point was woman wore those gloves in the 80s on some madonna ish.

  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    nigga Obama wasn’t in office in Oct 07 u fuckin idiot!

  • Ojay Juice Henry

    obama wont pardon your ass bush will obama wont!!!!

  • Bumpy Johnson

    Mothafuc*in infortmant

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  • Thats some G Shit…….

  • InnaLeigh

    If only these Black entertainers and politrick-cians could ban together with the president to stop the violence, corruption and poverty in our communities…. It would be nice if they would pull their weight for that, right????
    Ehhh… Let me stop dreaming…

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