T.I. blasts hypocrites and suggests he's the next Tupac in 'No Mercy' video: Watch here

T.I. sits somewhere between remorseful and irritated in the video for his new album’s title track, The-Dream-assisted “No Mercy.” Sitting in a church, the now-incarcerated rhymer blames poor school systems, poor upbringings, and hypocrite haters for his current issues with the law, while taking some of the blame for possibly blowing amazing opportunities afforded to him by his talent. He also likens himself to slain rapper Tupac Shakur, who also had numerous run-ins with the law before being shot.

“Could it be possibly the second coming of ‘Pac is me?” he asks in the song. “Remember that? When he was here? And when he died you realized you need him here? God with me, partner. Ain’t no one for me to fear.” T.I. also says the money and success he’s earned just make it harder to believe that his life is still a rough one. “You can be for certain ain’t nobody perfect. But when you’re rich, nobody gives a s—, no mercy.”

True as that may be, it’s difficult to feel for a person as gifted and [seemingly] financially well off as T.I. when he makes so many ill-advised, potentially career-ending mistakes. If he’s to be held at the same regard as his peers, then he has to be able compete with them. And that can’t be done from jail. Jay-Z, an admitted former drug dealer, has been on the up and up for more than a decade now. And for all the bonehead moves Kanye West is criticized for, he’s at least managed to avoid the revolving door that sometimes appears to vacuum rappers into jails and courthouses.

Watch T.I. plead his case after the jump and let us know what you think of the video.

T.I.’s new album is in stores today. Do you plan on buying it?

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  • harry

    the next Tupac!? Sacrilege!

  • Sue

    You can’t be Tupac, he was an original. Be yourself.

    • adam

      you cant be tupac unless he comes back reincarnated.. lol but some one can continue his mission and continue rap the way he wanted

  • whatevs

    Geez, who hasn’t had a poor upbringing?

    Besides, as a grown up, all of his problems are created by him. Just be grateful that you got lucky enough to get rich without an education and stop complaining.

    • Aprilcot26

      Perfectly put. And for him to compare himself to Tupac is just absurd.

      • @Whatevs

        Completely agree with you…i WAS a fan until TI started to blame everyone and everything but himself for this mistake. He didnt learn anything while in jail and now he is back in. No one held a gun to his head and told him to buy extasy that night and now his wife may go to jail for it since all he got was a prohbation violation….suck it up and NO ONE is the next Tupac

  • my opinion only

    I’m pretty sure his parents are middle class.

  • outside agitator

    yikes, that guy can’t write.

  • Amanda

    I hate it when musicians/actors make it embarrassing to be a fan. I’m looking at you, Christian Bale and I’m certainly looking at you Lady Gaga.

  • m

    He will never be anywhere near tupac.

    TI sucks.

    Learn to rhyme between the punchlines amateur

  • 2pac says

    GTFO k thanks

  • JROC 229

    THE KING HAS SPOKEN IF U DONT LIKE HIM DONT LISTEN TO HIM WE LUV THA KING IN THA REAL DIRTY SOUTH TIP KEEP YOUR HEAD UP PIMPIN WITHOUT STRUGGLE THERES NO EFFORT NEEDED

    • tojroc229

      robert davis is the king of the south. -dubbed by pimp c
      get ur facts str8

  • TEMPESTT CHANDLER

    NO…TIP YOUR BETTER THEN TUPAC…

  • isiaha

    ti is way better than tupac

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