T.I. Addresses Fans, "The King Ain't Dead!"
The self-proclaimed King of the South appeared as the king of the castle, speaking to the camera from his sofa, smoking a cigar in his robe and du-rag. The video is available on his website Streetcred.com.
During the clip Tip thanked his team of high-powered attorneys and stressed his innocence.
"I want to say thank you, you know, for all the prayers and support coming from my fans and my supporters," he said. "You know, it's a very trying time right now, but I want to let everybody know that I pled not guilty and I gotta stress my innocence, you know, to everyone out there who's listening. And I look forward to being exonerated on all charges. And I say that with the utmost sincerity. I can't stress that enough to ya, ya dig." [Watch Here]
The rapper said he's using the newfound quiet time to read, write and reflect.
"Man, we gonna get through this," he said. "To whom much is given, even more is required. God will never take you to what he can't take you through. So, I'm just listening to what God got to say right now. And that's what I'm doing, I'm being still. I'm being quiet and I'm being still. I'm abiding by all the stipulations, all of the criteria of my bond and of my release."
And the stipulations of his bond are strict. In order for Tip to qualify for house arrest, he agreed to be monitored with constant surveillance and limit the amount of visitors he can have and the times during which he can have them. He is currently awaiting trial for allegedly buying guns from an undercover federal agent.
Despite the limitations the rapper isn't dismayed.
"I got faith in God and I got faith in the system," he said confidently. "You know, America is a wonderful country."
Though confined to his home, the rapper is still working, recording material for his upcoming CD, Paper Trail, slated for early 2008.
"I'm getting' a lot of work done, a lot of music being recorded. But my main message is it's not over. And the King ain't dead!"