T.I is just one of many celebrities who have been lucky enough to experience Kanye’s Sunday Service. A few weeks ago the musician brought the spectacle to a Stonecrest, Georgia megachurch where T.I claims that he was extorted,
Although T.i may have different political opinions than Yeezy, he is still friendly enough with the rapper to have taken an iconic photo with him and 2 Chainz. However, there was another picture of T.I with a disgruntled look on his face while the service was happening.
The social activist is chalking his frown up to the claim that he felt exploited by the church when he arrived.
During his podcast called Expeditiously, T.I and Killer Mike talk about his visit and what went wrong.
‘I cut my fellowshiping short at Magic City to get 45 minutes of sleep to drive by here and be accosted and basically exploited. As soon as I sat down—mind you, I’m telling you they had already raised the offering. [The pastor] had already raised the offering—when we sat down there was a whole new agenda… It’s like they rung the red bell at the Player’s Club… You ain’t [about to] run no game on me. I will not be extorted.’
In an Instagram post, Jamal explained, in part: ‘To my comrades @troubleman31 & @killermike let me first say I appreciate your unwavering commitment to the empowerment of this generation. We have echoed the same sentiments on many issues down through the years and was energized by the partnership. I was awakened to your clip this morning and felt compelled to lend context. To have both of you in church was meaningful for many reasons. This is the largest demographic of blacks who don’t buy into organized religion in our history and in large measure because of reasons you have illuminated. To not give redress would be an assault to the body of Christ when I believe I am an ambassador as the two of you are for your field.’
He went on to name the things that the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church not only has done for their community, but for the world. Jamal also asked if they would ‘expeditiously’ be able to find common ground.
T.I commented that he had nothing but love and respect for Bryant and is open to reconnecting later.