Thursday, June 8, 2017
T.I. drops into Venue 578 to remind us who brought the world 'trap'
By Thaddeus McCollum
on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 10:27 AM
Us or Else: Letter to the System
8 p.m. Friday, June 9 | Venue 578, 578 N. Orange Ave. | 407-872-0066 | venue578.com
Way back in 2006, rapper T.I. was checking into the Delano Hotel in Miami when he and his friend heard the sounds of someone in pain. They looked up at the balcony above them and saw a man suffering from injuries sustained in a botched suicide attempt. T.I. called the authorities and an ambulance came to take the injured man away. It wasn’t until a little while later that he learned that the suicide victim was Creed frontman Scott Stapp, who had thrown himself off the balcony during a drug-fueled mental breakdown. “He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life,” said Stapp of T.I.’s intervention. Four years later, T.I. assisted authorities in Atlanta in talking a man off the ledge of a building by shooting a personalized video message and sending it to the man. This week, T.I. brings his Hustle Gang tour to Venue 578, reminding us who popularized the word “trap” with nearly two decades of hits, from “Rubber Band Man” to last year’s surprisingly conscious
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