This is so sweet
T.I.’s former bodyguard and assistant Philant Johnson was killed in a shooting outside a 2006 show in Cincinatti, but the rapper has made sure to look out for Johnson’s family ever since. T.I. shared a video of himself gifting Johnson’s daughter a car to Instagram late last night. In the caption addressed to his late friend, T.I. explained why he was giving her the gift.
“See Phil… Our Loyalty lives forever!!!” he wrote. “She’s been on hers & doing everything we can possibly ask her to do. Making straight As & maintaining a 3.8 GPA all the way through school, staying away from all the things we were eyeball deep into when we was her age, & doing any & everything that’s EVER been asked of her since you left. How can we not make sure she rides cool & in comfort her senior year? We miss you more than we can express… but we’ll fill in for you in every way we can until it’s all said & done.”
“Next up… #College,” he said. “She gon go wherever she wanna go…. and be whatever she wanna be… ON US!!!”
T.I. posted a second video where he waited for excitement to ebb, leaned over her and jokingly said “So, about this prom date?” “I can give up a date for this,” she joked back.
“Didn’t she say she could give up da thought of a prom date? I think that’s what I heard didn’t I Phil???” he wrote in the caption before assuring his late friend that he passed on some fatherly advice. “Heh well, We may lose that battle but as long as she remembers what I told her…. ‘HER way,on HER terms,in HER time,or NO DICE!!!!’”
A New T.I.
Outside of his own family and friends, T.I. has been pushing for admirable causes on his own time. The election of Donald Trump and the rise of Black Lives Matter have turned the rapper into an outspoken pundit of sorts and his latest music has reflected that. Recently, he shared a eulogy of activist Dick Gregory on his Facebook.
“I still remember calling you for advice on what I should be doing & how to lead the generation during these times,” he wrote. “Same call I remember you cussing me out telling me I ‘ain’t know shit!!! like it was yest. An odd exchange for me to say the least but It was a blessing to meet, speak with, & learn from such an honest,iconic man of wisdom & passion like you. I thanked you then as I’m thanking you now for all of your many sacrifices for our people. Thank you for challenging us & teaching us at the same time. Your efforts weren’t in vain. We’ll forever remember all your contributions to the culture. Rest easy knowing you did your part”
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