TI on the Cover of VIBE Talking About Drugs, Eminem and Much More

22 Nov

Before turning himself in to federal prison, TI sat down with VIBE Magazine to give an interview. The King of the South covers the December issue of VIBE Magazine, and VIBE.com psoted snippets of the interview. TI talks about his treatment from other people, how he acquired a drug habit and how opened up to Eminem about it all. Check out parts of the interview!

On whether or not he thinks he’s being treated fairly:

Let me just say this: [he sits up on the couch] If you look at a guy who came up, no pos in the house, moms on welfare, food stamps; started selling dope when he was 12, 13 years old, came up handling guns, being in shoot-outs; started going to jail when he was 15. In all of this chaos and this mischief and lawlessness, the person who was just in jail for machine guns and silencers turns his life around. And now you want to crucify him– for what? Three pills. I mean, of course it’s wrong and unacceptable and inexcusable. No problem. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s rather petty. It’s rather petty to hold someone’s feet to the fire for something so small when they have overcame things that were so big. All that could have been going wrong– if I was riding with more guns, or if I had gotten into a shoot-out and killed somebody, then I could see that. But just think about it. I’ve gotten it down to this much.

On his dental work and subsequent drug addiction:

I had a lot of work done to my teeth. Oral surgery, extractions, six, seven, eight root canals. Between January to February. As soon as I got out, I had a lot of stuff done. In the joint, you eat shit that is unhealthy for you. I had fillings that fell out and stuff that had to get dealt with. Of course for the pain they gave me Oxycontin and hydrocodone. And, mind you, on October 13, 2007, I had cut off everything– weed, alcohol. Then I get these pills and I start taking them for the pain at first. And then I’m like, wait– this sh*t makes me feel good. And it’s legal. After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had  18-20 hour days, I’d take a pain pill. And eventually I developed– I guess– the beginning stages of a dependence.

On speaking about his addiction with Eminem:

Sure. We got a record together, and we talked a lot. I asked him how he knew he was an addict. Basically if you put yourself in harm’s way…if you risk that, you’ve got to assume that there is something fundamentally wrong with your thought process.

 

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