Will Smith Sought Out Eric Holder & Obama Administration To Help Rapper T.I. Out Of His Legal Troubles
During the interview, T.I. opened up about his arrest for weapons possession in October of 2007, just prior to a performance at the BET Awards.
T.I. was caught in an undercover sting, buying automatic machine guns and silencers.
When police raided his house they also uncovered more guns, as well as a pound of marijuana.
During the interview, T.I. said numerous artists has supported him over the years, from Eminem to Will Smith, who flexed his political clout in a bid to get his fellow rapper out of his legal quandary.
“Of course, Em. He was extremely supportive and inspirational during that time,” T.I. told Billboard. “Busta Rhymes, Puffy, Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons, Nelly, David Banner, Charlie Mack, Will Smith. Will actually went as far as getting in touch with [attorney general] Eric Holder and the Obama
administration trying to see if we could get some kind of release. He was very politely told that was not possible.”
T.I. has a longstanding business relationship with Will Smith, who’s Overbrook Entertainment executive produced the hit movie “ATL,” which starred T.I.
Legal issues aside, T.I. is preparing to release his new album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
Today (November 27), T.I. released a new track from the album titled “Sorry” featuring Andre 3000.