T.I. Reveals He Once Gave Police Information About His Dead Cousin To Avoid A Gun Charge: He Told Me It Was Okay


T.I. Reveals He Once Gave Police Information About His Dead Cousin To Avoid A Gun Charge: He Told Me It Was Okay

It’s a good thing snitches can’t get stitches in the afterlife.

If they could, Atlanta rap star T.I. might have ended up with a face full of them. In a resurfaced clip, the “Whatever You Like” artist revealed he once told police his deceased cousin was guilty of possession after the two got caught up on a gun charge.


During a 2020 episode of his once-popular podcast “Expeditiously,” T.I. – real name Clifford Harris Jr.- recalled getting pulled over in 2000 with his cousin Tremel. Tip reportedly stated he was carrying the weapon at the time due to the pair attempting a sale of stolen merchandise. Telling the story of how things went down, he stated:

“We at Lenox Mall parking lot, we unload the truck [of stolen clothes], I’m talking to the man while I’m making the play…We get in the car and we pull off. And then, of course, they followed behind us and [security] called the real police. So before we actually get on the expressway, the real police pull us over. I have a gun,”

The musician went on to say that his cousin, nicknamed Toot, was eventually killed while the trial was taking place. Subsequently, his lawyer suggested an out that could make the charge “go away”. Tip continued:

“We caught those gun cases, Toot died. My lawyer said, ‘Well, you know, I could make everything go away if it was Toot’s, it was Tremel’s…After he had passed, I had a talk with him. Toot said, ‘I’ll take all the charges you got! If you can walk away free and put it on me, goddamn right! ‘Cause I’ll be damned if they gon’ come and mothafuckin’ extradite me from here!’”

Apparently, the rapper says no one knew of the incident, despite facing “snitch” allegations several times throughout his career. Though Tip seems to have gotten away with his potential jail sentencing the first time around, the law eventually got even. Years later in 2007, the Grammy-winning artist was detained after attempting to buy unregistered guns and silencers. He was ultimately sentenced to a year behind bars.

The father of 7 served partial time before being released to a halfway house. T.I. was arrested again in 2010 after he was found with ecstasy pills but was released shortly after. In August of last year, the musician was briefly detained while in Amsterdam but, again, was freed moments later.


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Authored by: Kay Johnson