Gun-Loving Rapper Hosting Anti-Gun Rally

05.08.09 Will Sherman


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 “Responsibility is a Lifestyle: it’s Time to Bury Da Beef,” 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.’s non-profit K.I.N.G. foundation with Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and other groups, the peace-promoting event aims to encourage “elected officials, community organizers, artists, and every American citizen to accept responsibility to build safer communities.”

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. “He 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.”

Photos of T.I. via Complex