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T.I. Is Scott Stapp’s Guardian Angel

Scott Stapp and T.I.

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Scott Stapp has turned up on my radar not once but twice this week, so against my better judgement, I will catch you up on the Creed lead vocalist.

A couple of days ago, while on the Fox and Friends, Stapp expressed his disappointment with Barack Obama’s presidency, though he stopped short of endorsing Mitt Romney.

Okay, nothing much to that.  But that wasn’t the last we would hear from Stapp this week.

While talking to VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live he told a tale of a drug induced hallucination, culminating in a leap from a balcony at Miami’s Delano Hotel.

Sad, but the music industry is chock full of near death experiences due to excess.

With a fractured skull and hip, Stapp says:

I laid out there for two and a half hours and my guardian angel showed up — rapper T.I. He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life.

They recognized each other thanks to Hollywood’s favorite Catholic, Mel Gibson. Both had worked on The Passion of The Christ: Songs Inspired By soundtrack. During that brief interaction in 2004, Stapp and T.I. had bonded over a mutual admiration of The University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide.

By saying the words Roll Tide (Alabama’s motto/slogan/chant–look, I might be in the South but I’m not yet of it) T.I. recognized Stapp and one of the weirder stories I heard this week had a happy ending.

Scott Stapp’s memoir Sinner’s Creed is out now.

When T.I. is not in jail or saving folks from suicide attempts, he can be seen in Boss on the Starz channel.


T.I. Prevents A Man From Committing Suicide

T.I. - Super Hero? Or....

Yesterday afternoon while on his way to do a radio interview in Atlanta, rapper T.I. heard the news about a possible jumper on the roof of Colony Square. This just so happened to be the building he was going to. When he arrived on the scene, T.I., real name Clifford Harris, asked police if there was anything he could do to help. I’m sure if you’re at the point of suicide you don’t really care about anything, so it took a recorded message by T.I. to get the man to come down. As he explains it, “To assure him that it was really me, they (the police) recorded a video message on the cop’s cell phone and took it up to him. … Fifteen minutes later the guy came down peacefully.” After the man came down, he was taken to the hospital for observation.

The Atlanta Jumper

T.I. is being quite humble about the situation, saying that he has a hard time taking credit for the situation. “God did all the work. I just showed up,” he says. His actual message to him was simple, but it obviously had an affect on him. “I told him it ain’t that bad. It’ll get better, to put the time and effort into making it better,” T.I. said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around.” He also says that he has every intention of keeping in touch with the man, whose name has not been released, and hopes he gets better.

Now….okay. As I told Julia, I started to write about this last night but waited until more information about the situation came out. Like a lot of people, I was a little skeptical about how things played out. There are reports saying that T.I. was on his way to do a radio interview with Ryan Cameron on V103. Colony Square happens to be the building where Ryan’s show is located. Most other reports say he was on his way to do a video shoot and heard about the man on the radio.

So coincidence, or what? People question if police would have really let him get involved in what was a very serious situation. Officer James Polite said that the joined the crowd and the man only agreed to come down if he could speak with T.I.. So, someone told him that T.I. was down there?! Clifford has been a lot of trouble recently, he’s actually due in court tomorrow for a parole hearing after he was arrested on suspicion of drug offenses last month in Los Angeles. This, after he spent a year in prison for federal weapons charges. I wouldn’t put it pass him to do this to try to keep his butt out of jail.