T.I. on how the war on drugs has personally effected his family.

Written by on April 18, 2017

T.I. discusses the way crack cocaine dealers are prosecuted, noting the discrepancy that those carrying a much smaller gram portion are treated the same as those carrying a kilo, which is the equivalent of 1,000 grams. “Now here we are, two million prisoners later.”

Growing up on the west side of Atlanta in the late Eighties and early Nineties, T.I. experienced people being “gone for a long time,” as friends, family members and acquaintances ended up getting upwards of 20 years in jail for selling drugs. The first person he had ever personally known that went to prison was his uncle who got 10 years on conspiracy for the distribution of cocaine. “It was unreal to me,” he says. “That was the only person who took some real time to kind of mold me as a man. When he went away, it was ridiculous.”

Video and Article Courtesy of VEVO and Rolling Stone.

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