As far as controversy is concerned, rappers only take a backseat to politicians. Whether manufactured, being at the wrong place at the wrong time, injustice or sheer ignorance, the two have appeared tailor-made for one another. Usually, this controversy presents itself in the form of legal trouble. Pac seemingly lived it, DMX can’t seem to escape it and a laundry list of others are still experiencing it.
T.I., however, seems to have an uncanny knack to predict it.
Since his rise to stardom after 2003’s Trap Muzik, the self-proclaimed “King Of The South” has found himself eye to eye with Johnny Law on three separate occasions. Each time in various records, he seemed to give haunting premonitions of what was to come on legal stature. Some are more specific than others, but all give insight to the mind of a man whose found just as much stress as he has success.
“Ay, shawty, you ain’t posed to make the same mistake more than one time/I ain’t made the same mistake twice since in ’99…” – “T.I. vs. T.I.P.”
Mentioned: On his sophomore album, Trap Muzik, released on August 19, 2003.
Life Imitates Art: Four months later, an arrest warrant is issued for Clifford Harris on December 29, 2003.
Synopsis: Trap Muzik was the album which planted the seeds to T.I.’s eventual rise to Hip-Hop’s elite. Backed by four incredibly strong singles, it appeared as if Tip’s career was on the launching deck and his troubled days of the past were a distant memory. Turns out, the trapper-turnt-rapper spoke too soon and found himself in jail during the early months of 2004 for a probation violation. What’d he do? Made the same mistake he made in ’99 and faced three years behind bars.