T.I.'s latest video premieres while star is still behind bars
Though rapper T.I. is serving time in jail for violating his probation, his music career marches on.
The star's latest video, "No Mercy", off the upcoming album of the same name, debuted on Monday. In the video T.I. is seen in a church rapping accompanied by The-Dream, who co-wrote the tune and sings on the track.
The rapper was sent back to jail for 11 months in October after a federal judge revoked the rapper's probation.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., landed in federal court following his arrest in September on suspicion of drug possession in Los Angeles. He was serving probation after spending 10 months behind bars on federal weapons charges but faced legal trouble again when he and his wife Tameka Cottle were arrested on September 2 on suspicion of possessing methamphetamines.
Police pulled over the rapper after he performed an illegal U-turn on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. During the traffic stop, deputies apparently smelled marijuana coming from the car. After looking inside the vehicle, the officers found pills resembling Ecstasy, Nicole Nishida, L.A. County sheriff's spokesperson said.
"I want drugs out of my life. If I can get the treatment and counseling I need ... I can beat this," the rapper told the judge at the time of his October hearing, according to The Associated Press. "I need help. For me, my mother, my kids, I need the court to give me mercy."
T.I. makes no direct reference of his prison problems in the lyrics of "No Mercy." The album hits record stores on Tuesday and his appearance on "VH1 Storytellers" will air on Friday.
Check out the video for "No Mercy" below: