T.I. was going to call his new album “King Uncaged.” Then he got send back to jail and had to scrap that plan (new title: “No Mercy”).
And that really ticked him off — well, that and the fact that he’s serving an additional 11 months in prison just eight months after serving a nine-month stint in prison.
“This experience is truly a pain I have never felt before and that’s saying a lot for a n—- who’s been down locked up as many times as I have,” Tip blogged last night (via Rap Radar). Calling his latest sentence for probation violation “a real ass whoopin’,” he ticked off a list of synonyms for what he hates — “jail, juve, prison, the pen, correctional facilities or whatever else you want to call it” — then said he’s “not trying to make any excuses for my situation” and made excuses for his situation (he had no father figures).
Right now T.I. has had more arrests on probation violations alone than albums in stores, and he has a legitimate business reason to be concerned about his situation: He won’t be able to promote “No Mercy.” Lil Wayne put out a record while he was serving a recent sentence, and it sold well enough to briefly hit Number One, but pitifully compared to “Tha Carter” standards. Weezy prepared for his time away by shooting videos and staying in touch with fans via his Weezy Thanx You blog (and T.I. appears to be enacting a similar strategy) but Wayne definitely is feeling the pinch. He politely tweeted just this morning, “True fans,today I’d like you to buy I Am Not A Human Being…even if you already have.I’d surely appreciate it.”
In light of his anguished blogging (“If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my m———–‘ shades cause I’m ready to cash my darkest hours in…ASAP!!!”) it seems a bit more plausible that T.I.’s heroic rescue of a suicidal jumper from an Atlanta building just days before his sentencing hearing may have been a set-up, as some of our more cynical colleagues had suggested at the time. If Tip compared “No Mercy” to Tupac‘s post-prison LP “All Eyez on Me,” maybe after his latest sentence we’ll get our hands on his “Ready to Die.”