T.I. Pens Final Letter To Fans Before Prison Release + Swizz Beatz Nabs Yet ANOTHER New Gig
T.I. will be released from prison next month. (Any cheers from the audience?) And as he prepares life on the outside, he penned a very emotional letter for his fans about his mistakes and lessons he has learned. Read the letter inside and find out about the posh new gig Swizz Beatz just landed with a British luxury auto maker.
T.I. will be a free man again on September 29. And in preparation for his release, he’s written a letter to his fans (posted on his website) about the lessons he’s learned the hard way through his trials and errors. Check it:
What up world? This will be my last message from Forrest City. Just reaching out and sending my love, respect and appreciation to all who have been ridin’ with me throughout this chapter in my life and not just recently but since all the things started happening one after another back in ’06. From Big Phil’s murder to my beautiful little angel Leiah being called home to heaven, to my arrest in ’07, the 1st prison sentence in ’09, to this last journey that I’m nearing the end of. A lot of people who are aware of all that has happened to me in my life say that there aren’t many men who could have endured and withstood so much pain, pressure and turmoil while managing to remain sane and keep their wits about them.
I must say that I wouldn’t have been able to do so without God’s grace and having a strong support system behind me every step of the way. So often we spend time acknowledging the presence of “haters” and all the negativity they send our way but we don’t take the time to acknowledge and appreciate all the ones who love and support us and supply us with the positive energy we need to overcome. We complain about the pain so much that we don’t even notice how much stronger, wiser and better of a person the suffering has allowed us to become. I heard Pac say once “To live is to suffer and to survive is to find meaning in that suffering.” I later found out it came from an author by the name of Friedrich Nietzsche. When I heard Pac say that it was just some hard shit to hear your favorite rapper say before he kicked a verse.
Now that I’ve gone through it and grown from it those words have a real true meaning to me. I know this won’t be my last battle with adversity but it has truly prepared me for whatever else may come in the future. For that also I’m thankful. Now it goes without saying that I hate I had to come back to prison for these 10 months but I am truly grateful for the knowledge, growth and understanding I’ve received from the experience.
Next time you hear from me I’ll be back out there with you. Doing for those who can’t do for themselves and speaking for those whose voices are never heard. When I touch down, I’m going all the way back to square one, like I’m fresh in the game and never sold a record. Back on some I’M SERIOUS, TRAP MUZIK shit… But until then RESPECT to all who deserve it. I’ll be back at you in a minute.
In other music news….
In addition to designing shoes for Reebok, collaborating with Audemars Piguet & Aston Martin, teaching classes at NYU, and promoting his own line of bow-ties, Swizz Beatz has signed on to become Vice President of Creative Design and Global Marketing for the British Car Company Lotus.
He posted a clip of his first day on the job saying, “The key is to infiltrate the market in a cool way,” adding that the key to success is for “things to happen organically.”
And the folks at Lotus seem to like him a lot. A rep for the company said,
“Like Group Lotus, he means business: He’s a risk taker with considerable credentials, including music producer, rapper, designer and painter,” a Lotus rep said in a statement. “(He’s) the perfect man to add to the Lotus lineup.”
ON HIS GRIND!