T.I. just shared his experience supporting Kanye West’s Sunday Service, and well … it wasn’t GOOD.
Last Monday, T.I. posted a picture to his Instagram where he, his wife Tiny, 2 Chainz, and Chainz’s wife, Kesha Ward, were seen sitting front row at the event. But instead of being entranced by Yeezus’ musical selections, T.I. had a look of disgust on his face.
As he promised in the picture’s captions, the rapper sat down with Killer Mike on the latest episode of his ExpediTIously podcast to discuss why he was so upset. Apparently Tip felt like the pastor was trying to shake him and his friends down for money before Yeezy even hit the stage.
“I cut my fellowshiping short at Magic City to get 45 minutes of sleep to drive by here and be accosted and basically exploited,” T.I. told Killer Mike.
“As soon as I sat down—mind you, I’m telling you they had already raised the offering. [The pastor] had already raised the offering—when we sat down there was a whole new agenda… It’s like they rung the red bell at the Player’s Club… You ain’t [about to] run no game on me. I will not be extorted.”
As you know West has taken his service on the road. Last week he held service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where Jamal Bryant is now the presiding Bishop.
Bryant, who is no stranger to controversy, caught wind to T.I.’s claims and issued a lengthy response to him and Killer Mike on Instagram. Basically he says they are about community empowerment and it wasn’t a money grab. Take a read.
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To my comrades @troubleman31 & @killermike let me first say I appreciate your unwavering commitment to the empowerment of this generation. We have echoed the same sentiments on many issues down through the years and was energized by the partnership. I was awakened to your clip this morning and felt compelled to lend context. To have both of you in church was meaningful for many reasons. This is the largest demographic of blacks who don’t buy into organized religion in our history and in large measure because of reasons you have illuminated. To not give redress would be an assault to the body of Christ when I believe I am an ambassador as the two of you are for your field. I don’t want Sunday to be used as further ammunition as to why people don’t go to church without them knowing at this same church we gave 5000 pairs of new back to school shoes to kids of #Atlanta, or that we spearheaded 9 million campaign to support @bennett_college , or that we bailed out nonviolent offenders or that we partnered with @delta to send 4 cargo to #Bahamas for hurricane release or that we’ve partnered with @_hamptonu to place 95 displaced students or that we fed the furloughed workers for two weeks while the government was shut down or that we went into housing projects to feed kids of #dekalb county during spring break. For none of these projects were you solicited for a donation.The reality is when I came to @newbirthmbc 9 months ago I was met with a 30 million dollar debt that must be paid so that we can be free to do real community development like affordable housing ,entrepreneur work space and medical clinics. I’ve been teaching on self help which are values you both promote. @bishophilliard was invited months ago with no knowledge #kanyewest was coming or either of you. So there was NO money grab intention but part of an internal strategy to mobilize our church community to move towards economic independence. As black men I hope we can come together “expeditiously” to find common ground to build. I want to invite both of you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings! #runthejewels #bigthingspoppin
“As black men I hope we can come together ‘expeditiously’ to find common ground to build,” Bryant wrote. “I want to invite both of you to come and give church another chance. I promise you I’m more interested in your life than your life savings!”
T.I. responded that he has nothing but “love and respect” for the Pastor, and is open to reconnecting somewhere down the road.