T.I. Reflects Before Prison Time…Four Years Ago.

28 May

TI

After what seems like forever since he was sentenced, T.I. just started his year-long bid in the bing on Tuesday, a result of gun charges he was convicted of. But after doing boatloads of community service, having an MTV reality show about that service, one of the best albums of 2008, and a successful nationwide tour, he’s coming out virtually unscathed. He was surprisingly not persecuted by media outlets or angry fans, and it seems that his musical and his street reputations are still in tact. A video circulated of him giving a press conference about everything that’s went down with him over the past year, but after repeated listens as of late, I think his verse on Kanye West’s “Drive Slow (Remix)” four years ago says it a lot more eloquently:

Lookin at life through my rearview, all the problems I had
Could be seen alot clearer after time had passed
Known for livin’ so fast, they wonder how he don’t crash
With 220 on the dash, he constantly mashin’
(Why don’t he slow down?) They be constantly askin’
But me in the fast lane is like metal and magnets
Now I ain’t tryna say that it’s the way of the masses
But it, so hard to change, I love this shit with a passion
Since me and Sigel cuttin’ classes, showin’ our ass
Shootin’ out in broad day in the middle of traffic
I remember sellin’ crack faster than I could bag it
Just sharin my past wit ya shawty, I ain’t braggin
Me and Cap got life, some other folk got blasted
Had a partner OD’d and after this all happened
It’s like the only thing that kept a pimp from cryin’ and laughin’
And the Lord smiled on me at the end of the madness
I never thought that I’d make it this far rappin’
For introducin’ the youth to what we now call trappin’
Considered now a classic, who’da imagined?
Me in Milano, gettin’ models in next year’s fashions
So nowadays, they can call me old fashioned
But it’s way too much cash to see blue lights flashin’
So I guess the moral of this here class is
Life about who make it now, not about who make it the fastest

Lyrics via OHHLA

Follw the jump for the video of the song; the lyrics are dope, but his flow was water on this.

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