Grammy award winning gun collector T.I. will hold an anti-gun and violence rally in Harlem on Monday. Last year, the rapper was convicted on various felony weapon charges after his bodyguard implicated him in a poorly planned attempt to buy illegal machine guns and silencers. Facing up to 10 years in prison, T.I. copped a deal for 1000 hours of community service and just one year behind bars, a cushy sentence that many, including 50 Cent, speculate he earned by snitching.
The Monday rally, billed as â€œResponsibility is a Lifestyle: itâ€™s Time to Bury Da Beef,â€ continues the rapper’s yearlong speakout against the assault rifles and handguns he once fondly stockpiled in his College Park mansion. Bringing together T.I.â€™s non-profit K.I.N.G. foundation with Reverend Al Sharptonâ€™s National Action Network and other groups, the peace-promoting event aims to encourage â€œelected officials, community organizers, artists, and every American citizen to accept responsibility to build safer communities.â€
Last night, the Atlanta-born firearm enthusiast demonstrated his newfound lifestyle of responsibility by kicking rapper AlfaMega out off his crew and record label following revelations that he served as a government informant in the 90s. â€œHe essentially deceived us by failing to fully disclose information about his past, and there is no place in our organization for dishonest and misleading behavior.â€
Photos of T.I. via Complex